CPUT Diploma: Somatology Course and Fees

Course Information and Fees

SOMATOLOGY (Has been introduced in 2024 to replace the ND: Somatology qualification)

Diploma: (Diploma)

Somatology comes from the Greek roots meaning “body” and “study” and thus refers to the study and the treatment of the body as a whole. Somatology is a multi-disciplined profession where somatologists treat a variety of skin and body conditions in a holistic manner. The specific focus is on facial and body therapies, massage therapies, reflexology, aromatherapy, manual lymph drainage, stress management, complementary therapies, the provision of nutritional advice as well as advanced therapies which include a range of anti-ageing and skin rejuvenation treatments.

The programme also includes aesthetic aspects of the skin and body such as make-up, temporary or permanent hair removal as well as on hand and foot treatments. They assess and provide relevant treatments for a variety of skin and body conditions. The cornerstone of all treatments is the holistic approach for all treatments where all aspects of the individual are taken into consideration to maintain and improve the physical, mental and emotional well-being

Career Opportunities
Somatologists work within the skin and health care industry focusing on the overall health and wellness of an individual. Somatologists are able to work within a diverse industry both nationally and internationally. There are a number of exciting opportunities available to them and these include: • Salon beauty therapist • Salon manager or owner • Wellness and skincare clinics • Spa/medi-spa therapist • Spa/medi-spa/resort manager • Cruise ship employment opportunities • Medical aesthetics practices • Cosmetic consultant • Sales , marketing and training representative • Beauty editor/Journalist • Beauty educator or lecturer

Admission requirements

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For all Certificate, Diploma and National Diploma applications, consult the General admission requirements.

General admission requirements

Some courses require students to submit additional information as part of their application.

Additional admission requirements


For all Honours, Masters and Doctorate applications, consult the Postgraduate admission requirements.

Postgraduate admission requirements

Syllabus and fees

First Year

Compulsory subject(s):

Second Year

Compulsory subject(s):

Third Year

Compulsory subject(s):
Offering Type and Duration
Full-Time /
Course is offered on District Six Campus.
For any queries get in touch with:
Contact: Ingrid Jeptha
Telephone: +27 21 959 6569
Fax: +27 21 959 6118
Email: jephta@cput.ac.za
NOTE: The fees in this prospectus are for the 2024 academic year and are provided to assist you in your planning. 

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This information is subject to change based on approval and accreditation of HEQSF aligned qualifications.

Admission requirements may therefore differ between the existing qualification and the HESQF aligned qualification. Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the information on this page; however the University reserves the right at any time, if circumstances require, to make changes to any of the published details.

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