The Society of Cosmetic Chemists of South Africa (Coschem) is accepting registrations for its 2016 diploma in cosmetic science.
The course, which is a two year part-time or correspondence course, addresses the training needs of the developing cosmetics chemist and covers a vast scope of industry specific subjects. Introductory topics include basic chemistry and cell physiology with the course progressing onto more specific fields such as hair and skin care.
Other areas of focus include packaging, marketing, production, and legislation. Furthermore, mastering skills in the delivery of presentations will definitely benefit students.
Throughout the course, progress assessments are conducted in the form of tutorial exercises, assignments, practical exercises, presentations, product development and exam sessions.
All notes for the correspondence course together with a tutorial letter are posted to the students at regular intervals. Students are required to carry out tutorial exercises during the year, which are assessment-type tasks that enable the education officer to pick up learning/understanding difficulties.
Students have a direct line to the education officer through the ‘eduline’ e-mail address. The education officer has the back-up of the education committee as well as all the local expert lecturers. This provides a sound base for addressing student queries.
Exam venues are set up in Johannesburg, Durban and Cape Town, as well as other South African outlying locations and international locations where feasible.
This part-time course provides for one evening lecture per week at the Coschem Office in Randpark Ridge, Johannesburg. These lectures are presented by lecturers who are experts in their respective fields within the cosmetics industry.
Besides the academic scenario, the society finds that students benefit from contact with fellow students and lecturers. This is because friendships and beneficial working relationships are established.
- mathematics and physical science at Grade 12 level
- the course is conducted in English so a minimum level of Grade 10 English is required
- Coschem membership
- access to a laboratory is highly recommended for the second year project.
Failure to meet these criteria could adversely affect a student’s work and progress on the course.
On successful completion of the first year, students receive a certificate. The diploma is awarded upon successful completion of the second year. Every effort is made to provide a challenging, interesting and ultimately beneficial course to all the students.
For more information, e-mail Coschem secretary general, Bridget MacDonald on [email protected].