Our story

The Gold Coast Training Academy (GCTA) was established in 1986 as one of Australia’s first registered beauty academies.

After almost a quarter of a century building an impressive reputation for the quality of its graduates, The Academy is now one of the largest beauty training organisations in Australia, educating over 500 therapists each year, many of whom secure jobs before they graduate. Its long history and rich traditions have steered The Academy’s growth through the building of a state-of-the-art campus at Robina and our rebirth as The French Beauty Academy.

Throughout its history, The Academy is proud to have been involved in the revolution of education in beauty therapies, having played a key role in the development of the first-ever training package for the Diploma of Beauty Therapy in Australia, now formally adopted by the Federal Government and providing the foundation for courses taught nationwide.

Our commitment to our students is to groom them as individuals, recognise their personal potential and give them the very best life and learning experiences. Likewise, we are fully committed to listening to the needs of industry, to help refine our program to meet industry needs. As a result of listening to the needs of industry, our graduates have the opportunity to transition seamlessly through to university and complete a Business degree after the completion of their Diploma – fulfilling a major gap in spa and wellness management employment needs.

The French Beauty Academy and Southern Cross University (SCU) have developed an exciting, industry-first arrangement where students will be able to complete a Bachelor of Business, furthering management aspirations for graduates in the spa and wellness industry. For those students interested in this unique pathway, please contact the Future Students Team

Our current arrangement with the University, provides credit for the Diploma of Beauty Therapy (one semester), towards a Bachelor of Business. Students will also have the exciting opportunity to do an international exchange in their second year of study with one of SCU’s international exchange partners. SCU also supports our students in securing internships during term breaks at hotel, spa and resort chains, which can also be credited towards their business degree.

For students who have already completed a Diploma of Beauty, an undergraduate degree at an approved institution, or have extensive work experience, SCU offers entry into a Graduate Certificate in Tourism and Hotel Management.
For further information on the pathway arrangement with Southern Cross University – please visit this on AQF Vocational Qualification Linkages approved by SCU

Southern Cross University



We continue to be at the forefront of beauty education and trends, working with government and business leaders to develop advanced training programs that meet the changing needs of industry. And we continue to establish partnerships with a network of premium global brands to further The French Beauty Academy as the industry’s leading education provider. 

The School of Tourism and Hospitality Management at Southern Cross University is delighted to create an articulation pathway with The French Beauty Academy into our degree programs. We are proud to work with them to develop pathways for those who wish to continue on to university. Our business degrees provide students the opportunity to develop their business, technical, management and interpersonal skills. The global demand for tourism, spa and wellness managers continues to grow, and graduates from this program will have the highly sought after combination of technical knowledge and practice and business acumen required by leading hotels and spas around the world.

Professor Elizabeth Roberts – Southern Cross University

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