Programme Title
ALP+ Extended Diploma in Beauty Specialists
Course Code

Programme Includes:(Apprenticeship/ Placement or Internship)

Taught Units Only (No Apprenticeship/No Placement/ No Internship)
MQF Level

Level 3
Type(refer to Appendix 1 for Parameters)

Accreditation Status(Note: If the Type is Award or Qualification, therefore by default, the Accreditation Status should be Accredited)

Accredited via MCAST’s Self Accreditation Process (MCAST holds Self-Accrediting Status as per 1st schedule of Legal Notice 296/2012)
Mode of Delivery

Face to Face
Duration (hours or years)

2 Years
Total Number of Credits

36 ECTS at MQF Level 2 and 60 ECTS at MQF Level 3
Total Learning Hours (25 Total Learning Hours for each ECTS)

2400 hours
Target Audience

Ages 16 – 65
Target Group (the type of learners that the educational institution anticipates joining this programme)

Learners who have successfully completed their studies at the Alternative Learning Programme of the Ministry for Education.
Programme Fees

€8,500 (Applicable for Non-EU and Non-EEA Countries) – the fee mentioned here is indicative.  Please refer to, as well as to MCAST’s MG2I International Section for any updated fees as well as terms of payments.
Date of Next Student Intake

Language of Instruction

The official language of instruction at MCAST is English. All notes and textbooks are in English (except for language courses, which will be in the respective language being instructed). International candidates will be requested to meet English language certification requirements for access to the course.
Application Method

Applications to full-time courses are received online via the College Management Information System. Applicants can log-in using Maltese Electronic ID (eID) in order to access the MCAST Admissions Portal directly and create one’s own student account with the identity being verified electronically via this secure service.

Non-EID applicants need to request account creation though an online form after that they confirm that their local Identification Document does not come with an EID entitlement. . Once the identity is verified and the account is created on behalf of the applicant, one may proceed with the online application according to the same instructions applicable to all other applicants.

For more information about how to apply online for a course at MCAST, please visit:

Information for Non-EU Citizens

Non-EU candidates require a study visa in order to travel to Malta and join the course applied for. For further information re study-visa please access
Address where the Programme will be Delivered

MCAST has four campuses as follows:

MCAST Main Campus
Triq Kordin,
Paola, Malta

All courses except for courses delivered by the Institute for the Creative Arts, the Centre of Agriculture, Aquatics and Animal Sciences and the Gozo Campus are offered at the Main Campus address (above).

Courses delivered by the Institute for the Creative Arts, the Centre of Agriculture, Aquatics and Animal Sciences, or the Gozo Campus, are offered in one of the following addresses as applicable:

Institute for the Creative Arts
Mosta Campus
Misraħ Għonoq Tarġa Gap,

Institute of Applied Sciences
Centre of Agriculture, Aquatics and Animal Sciences,
Luqa Road, Qormi

Gozo Campus
J.F. De Chambray Street
MCAST, Għajnsielem

In the case of courses delivered via Online Learning, students will be following the programme from their preferred location/address.

Programmes delivered via Blended Learning, and which therefore contain both an online and a face to face component shall be delivered as follows:

Face to Face components – as per above address instructions
Online components – from the student’s preferred address.

Course Description/Deskrizzjoni tal-Kors


This course is aimed at learners who have successfully completed their studies at the Alternative Learning Programme of the Ministry for Education, and are interested in pursuing further vocational studies at MQF Level 3, related to beauty and complementary therapies. This course focuses on the knowledge and skills required for eventual employment at assistant technician level in the beauty sector. The combination of practical experience and theoretical knowledge gained by sucessfully completing the course, will equip learners with the knowledge and skills with which they will be able to access the labour market, or alternatively, they will be eligible to continue their studies at MQF level 4 at MCAST, by selecting one of the various Advanced Diplomas offered by the College, in their preferred area of study.
This programme of studies offers learners the possibility to seek employment in salons as Beauty Specialists. Alternatively, learners who complete successfully this full-time course may wish to consider furthering their studies by progressing to the Level 4 Advanced Diploma programme in Beauty and Complementary Therapies. Learners are taught how to develop and carry out individual treatment plans based on the specific requirements of each client. The programme of studies offers instruction on several treatments that include skin care, manicure and pedicure, depilation, nails, make-up services, eyebrow and eyelash treatments. Other modules relate to health and safety practices in the salon and business aspects including business plans, effective communication skills and proper conduct with clients. Learners are required to purchase the necessary hairdressing and beauty accessories at the beginning of the academic year.


Dan il-kors huwa mmirat lejn studenti li jkunu temmew b’suċċess l-istudji tagħhom fil-Programm ta’ Tagħlim Alternattiv (l-ALP) tal-Ministeru għall-Edukazzjoni, u huma interessati li jkomplu bit-tagħlim vokazzjonali fil-Livell 3 tal-MQF, relatat fis-sbuħija u terapiji kumplimentari. Dan il-kors jiffoka fuq l-għarfien u l-ħiliet meħtieġa biex eventwalment iwasslu għal impjieg fil-livell ta’ assistent tekniku fis-settur tas-sbuħija. L-esperjenza prattika u l-għarfien teoretiku li jakkwistaw l-istudenti li jispiċċaw il-kors, jgħin biex dawn ikollhom l-għarfien u l-ħiliet meħtieġa biex jaħdmu, jew inkella, ikunu eliġibbli biex ikomplu l-istudji tagħhom fil-livell 4 tal-MQF fl-MCAST, billi jagħżlu wieħed mill-bosta korsijiet tal-Advanced Diploma fil-qasam li jippreferu.
Dan il-programm ta’ studji joffri lill-istudenti l-possibbiltà li jfittxu impjieg fis-salons bħala Speċjalisti tas-Sbuħija. Apparti dan, l-istudenti li jtemmu b’suċċess dan il-kors full-time ta’ sena jistgħu jkomplu bl-istudji tagħhom billi jimxu lejn il-programm tad-Diploma Avvanzata fil-Livell 4 fis-Sbuħija u Terapiji Kumplimentari. L-istudenti jiġu mgħallma kif jiżviluppaw u jwettqu pjanijiet ta’ trattament individwali bbażati fuq ir-rekwiżiti speċifiċi ta’ kull klijent. Il-programm ta’ studji joffri struzzjoni dwar diversi trattamenti li jinkludu kura tal-ġilda, manikjur u pedikjur, depilazzjoni, dwiefer, servizzi ta’ make-up, trattamenti ta’ xagħar u xagħar. Moduli oħra għandhom x’jaqsmu ma’ prattiki ta’ saħħa u sigurtà fis salon u aspetti tan-negozju inklużi pjanijiet ta’ negozju, ħiliet ta’ komunikazzjoni effettiva u kondotta xierqa mal-klijenti. L-istudenti huma mitluba jixtru l-aċċessorji meħtieġa tax xagħar u tas-sbuħija fil-bidu tas-sena akkademika.
Career Opportunities

Entry requirements(Refer to Programme Specification)

SSC&P at MQF level 2 (Students are expected to have completed the one-year ALP programme and obtained at least an MQF Level 1 in Maltese, English and Mathematics and an MQF Level 2 in TWO vocational subjects)
Programme Learning Outcomes (Refer to Programme Specification)

At the end of the programme the learner is able to
1. Identify the basic requirements in terms of knowledge, skills and competences
related to the vocational subject area chosen.
2. Perform basic techniques related to the vocational subject of choice under
3. Apply basic techniques related to the vocational subject of choice in a practical
setting, either in a laboratory, in a workshop or in a workplace setting.
4. Use standard tools and equipment in line with safety procedures.
Teaching, Learning and Assessment Procedures

The programmes offered are vocational in nature and entail both theoretical lectures delivered in classes as well as practical elements that are delivered in laboratories, workshops, salons, simulators as the module requirements dictate.

Each module or unit entails a number of in person and/or online contact learning hours that are delivered by the lecturer or tutor directly (See also section ‘Total Learning Hours).

Access to all resources is provided to all registered students. These include study resources in paper or electronic format through the Library and Resource Centre as well as tools, software, equipment and machinery that are provided by the respective institutes depending on the requirements of the course or module.

Students may however be required to provide consumable material for use during practical sessions and projects unless these are explicitly provided by the College.

All Units of study are assessed throughout the academic year through continuous assessment using a variety of assessment tools. Coursework tasks are exclusively based on the Learning Outcomes and Grading Criteria as prescribed in the course specification. The Learning Outcomes and Grading Criteria are communicated to the Student via the coursework documentation.

The method of assessment shall reflect the Level, credit points (ECTS) and the schedule of time-tabled/non-timetabled hours of learning of each study unit. A variety of assessment instruments, not solely Time Constrained Assignments/Exams, are used to gather and interpret evidence of Student competence toward pre-established grading criteria that are aligned to the learning outcomes of each unit of the programme of study.

Grading criteria are assessed through a number of tasks, each task being assigned a number of marks. The number of grading criteria is included in the respective Programme Specification.
The distribution of marks and assessment mode depends on the nature and objectives of the unit in question.

Coursework shall normally be completed during the semester in which the Unit is delivered.

Time-constrained assignments may be held between 8 am and 8 pm during the delivery period of a Unit, or at the end of the semester in which the Unit is completed. The dates are notified and published on the Institute notice boards or through other means of communication.

Certain circumstances (such as but not limited to the Covid 19 pandemic) may lead Institutes and Centres to hold teaching and assessment remotely (online) as per MCAST QA Policy and Standard for Online Teaching, Learning and Assessment (Doc 020) available via link

The Programme Regulations pertaining to this Programme’s MQF/EQF level available at: link, apply.

Grading System

All MCAST programmes adopt a Learner-centred approach through the focus on Learning Outcomes. The assessment of MCAST programmes is criterion-referenced and thus assessors are required to assess learners’ evidence against a pre-determined set of Learning Outcomes and Assessment Criteria.

For a student to be deemed to have successfully passed a unit, a minimum of 50% (grade D) must be achieved.

All full time units are individually graded as follows:
A* (90-100)
A (80-89)
B (70-79)
C (60-69)
D (50-59)
Unsatisfactory work is graded as ‘U’.

Work-based learning units are graded on a Pass/Fail basis only.

Detailed information regarding the grading system may be found in the Programme Regulations pertaining to this programme’sMQF/EQF Level available at: link

Contact details for Further Learning Opportunities

MCAST Career Guidance
Tel: 2398 7135/6
Regulatory Body/ Competent Authority Contact Details (where applicable – in the case of a programme leading to Regulated Profession)

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Last updated: 2024-07-13