Aesthetic Practitioner

University College Birmingham

Degree level: Undergraduate
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Course summary

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Course snapshot As non-surgical and non-invasive aesthetic treatments have grown ever more popular in the UK, demand for qualified practitioners has risen to an all-time high. University College Birmingham's Aesthetic Practitioner degree course opens the doors towards a range of reputable and lucrative careers in this fast-growing industry. You will learn and practise a range of techniques in our commercial Aspire Aesthetics clinic on campus, while you will also get to network with industry experts as well as having the chance to travel overseas on a visit to the Mesoestetic production facility in Spain. Who's the course for? Open to therapists and non-therapists alike, our course is ideal for anyone keen to pursue a career in the aesthetics industry, including roles such as laser practitioner, cosmeceutical skincare specialist or clinic director. Why should I study this course?

  • Practical application – Work with real clients in our state-of-the-art clinic, using the latest equipment from cryotherapy machines to high intensity focused ultrasound (HIFU)
  • Work placement – Develop your professional network and gain vital real-world experience on placement during your course
  • Residential visit – Get first-hand insight into the industry on a visit to the Mesoestetic production facility in Barcelona, with essential costs of the trip covered by the University
  • Enrichment – Meet a range of top guest speakers and engage with industry professionals at events such as ACE Conference and Professional Beauty North
Great! Tell me more Our degree course allows you to get hands-on with real paying clients working in our Aspire Aesthetics clinic on campus, enabling you to put your training into practice using the latest technology and equipment. The clinic features cutting-edge technology including Motus AY and Lumina lasers, Observ 520 and a range of multi-platform, non-surgical and non-invasive face and body equipment, as well as the latest UV and ultrasonic sterilisation technology. We have three clinically-controlled laser rooms and three consultation rooms operating comprehensive client management software, while we use a variety of cosmeceutical product ranges and treatments from leading brands such as Mesoestetic. As part of your course, you will travel to the Mesoestetic production facility in Barcelona, visiting the clinical labs and learning first hand about treatment solutions, products, manufacturing safety standards and product testing. The essential costs of this trip are covered by the University. You will also have the chance to engage with industry professionals at events such as ACE Conference and Professional Beauty North. Demonstrating best in practice and providing reassurance to students and clients alike, University College Birmingham adheres to Joint Council for Cosmetic Practitioners (JCCP) and Cosmetic Practice Standards Authority (CPSA) guidelines. What skills will I gain? You will master a variety of non-surgical and non-invasive procedures including laser treatments, intense pulsed light, chemical peeling and skin needling. You will also learn how to use the latest highly-specialised equipment, from cryotherapy machines (fat freezing) to high intensity focused ultrasound (HIFU). By undertaking a placement, you will not only gain essential work experience, but also improve your confidence and depth of knowledge as well as your professional networking skills. What about the future? This course is an ideal stepping stone towards a range of careers in the flourishing aesthetics and cosmeceutical industry. Potential roles you could explore after graduating include:
  • Aesthetic practitioner
  • Laser practitioner
  • Cosmeceutical skincare specialist
  • Treatment or training coordinator
  • Business development manager (aesthetic devices)
  • Patient treatment coordinator
  • Clinic director

Course details

Modules

YEAR 1

  • Academic Skills
  • Physiology of Ageing
  • Chemical Peels and Needling
  • Aesthetic Technologies in Hair Removal and Skin Rejuvenation
  • The Aesthetic Consultation
Plus one pathway module from:
  • Electrotherapy in Aesthetic Practice
  • Non-Invasive Aesthetic Procedures
YEAR 2
  • Aesthetic Business Operations
  • Work Based Practice in Aesthetics
  • Science of Skincare
  • Clinical Aesthetic Procedures
  • Advancements in Technologies
  • Critical Approach to Research Methods in Aesthetic Practice
YEAR 3
  • Aesthetic Identity
  • Regenerative Aesthetics
  • Research Project
- Applied Aesthetics

Assessment method

Note: Indicative information only – actual timetables and assessment regimes will be issued at your induction. Teaching Example of a typical teaching week (up to 16 contact hours):

  • Large group teaching – 4-6 hours
  • Smaller group teaching – 2-3 hours
  • Hands-on learning in the clinic – 4-8 hours
  • Tutorials – 2-3 hours
You will also need to commit around 20 hours per week for individual study time. Assessment Estimated breakdown of assessment for this degree course:
  • Coursework – 68%
  • Practical assessment – 23%
  • Written examinations – 9%
Our teaching and assessment is underpinned by our Teaching, Learning and Assessment Strategy 2015-2020.


How to apply

Application deadlines

If your application is completed by the following date, it’s guaranteed to be considered:

15 January

*If you apply after this deadline, universities or colleges don’t have to consider your application if they’ve filled their spaces, so the sooner you apply, the better!

Application codes

You will need these codes when you add a choice to your application.

Course codeW210
Institution code B35
Campus nameMain Site
Campus code-

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1
  • Year 2
  • Year 3

Entry requirements for advanced entry (i.e. into Year 2 and beyond)

Transferring from another university At University College Birmingham, we consider applications from students who have studied, or are currently studying, a Higher Education course and now wish to transfer universities. What do I need to do? To make an enquiry about studying at University College Birmingham, you will need to complete our online enquiry form -> https://portal.ucb.ac.uk/#/admissions/ucb-direct-apply Consideration for advanced entry will be dependent on the modules of your previous course, and how well this matches to the content of the course you wish to transfer to at University College Birmingham. Additionally, the process will be dependent on the number of credits achieved on your current course. Where similar study is apparent, it may be possible for us to award Accreditation for Previous Learning (APL) and, therefore, advanced entry onto a course at UCB will be permitted. Please note; due to the nature of this process, all applications are considered on an individual basis.

International applicants

All non-EU international students can apply directly via our online application forms: https://portal.ucb.ac.uk/#/admissions/direct-application/intro Undergraduate applicants can also apply via UCAS, if they wish to apply to more than one university. The International Admissions team aim to respond to any new application made directly via the online application form within 5 working days of receipt. However, this can vary during peak application periods (particularly January-March) or if the team require additional information to process your application. Applicants who apply to transfer to University College Birmingham on to a second year or final year of a course will have their previous course matched for entry. Each application is considered individually and careful consideration is given to all information on your application form. We may also need to contact you regarding your immigration status or previous studies in the UK.


Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

QualificationOfferFurther information
UCAS Tariff 96 points Level 3 qualifications are accepted at UCB for entrance, a minimum of 96 UCAS Tariff points will be required. If you are unsure if your qualification is accepted call us on 0121 604 1040 or email [email protected]
A level CCC UCB will accept A Level in General Studies for this course and will also take into consideration applicants who are studying an extended project.
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) MMM This can be achieved from either an Extended Diploma or a combination of smaller BTEC qualifications.
Access to HE Diploma D: 15 credits You will need a minimum of 96 UCAS Tariff points. A minimum of 15 Level 3 credits at Distinction.
Scottish Higher You will need a minimum of 96 UCAS Tariff points
HNC (BTEC) P A relevant HNC or a foundation degree with 120 credits.
HND (BTEC) P A relevant HND or a foundation degree with 240 credits.

Year 1 Entry: Students who are studying a combination of different qualification types will receive an offer that will be inclusive of all Level 3 qualifications. Advanced Entry: If you are unsure if your previous higher education qualification is suitable please contact us before completing an application, you can call us on 0121 604 1040 or email: [email protected]


English language requirements

TestGradeAdditional details
Cambridge English AdvancedLevel B2BA/BSc - Minimum 170 with no less than 160 in any skill FdA/FdSc - Minimum 160 with no less than 150 in any skill
IELTS (Academic)BA/BSc - Overall score of 6.0 with no less than 5.5 in each component FdA/FdSc - Overall score of 5.5 with no less than 5.0 in each component
Institution's Own TestBA/BSc - Overall score of B2 with no less than B2- in in each component FdA/FdSc - Overall score of B2- with no less than B1+ in in each component

To apply for all undergraduate degrees, if your first language is not English, you will need to sit an approved test in English.

UCB English Language Requirements

http://www.ucb.ac.uk/our-courses/international/english-language-requirements/english-language-requirements-table.aspx


Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £9250 Year 1
England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
Channel Islands £9250 Year 1
International £11500 Year 1

Additional fee information

UK/EU If you are a UK/EU student enrolling on a Foundation Degree or a BA/BSc at University College Birmingham in 2020/21, your fee for this academic year will be £9,250. A half year tuition fee is £4625. This is a yearly fee, and will increase with inflation in subsequent years (in line with the government’s permitted rise). If you are an English or EU student studying your first higher education qualification, you can apply for a tuition fee loan from the Student Loans Company. You will not start repaying this loan until you leave the course and are earning over £25,000 a year. If you live in Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland, you should apply to Student Finance Wales, Student Finance Northern Ireland, or SAAS. The loans and grants available to you will differ from those available from Student Finance England. UCB does not charge for 24 or 48 week placements. More information about UK/EU Fees please go to our website here - https://www.ucb.ac.uk/our-courses/undergraduate/fees-funding-and-scholarships/full-time-tuition-fees-and-finance/full-time-tuition-fees.aspx International: More information about International Fees please go to our website here - https://www.ucb.ac.uk/our-courses/international/tuition-fees-and-scholarships.aspx

Provider information

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Clearing contact details

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UCB Admissions

0121 604 1040

Course Clearing information

Additional information

Haven’t secured a place at university? Don’t panic! You can apply for a place at UCB through the clearing process, which opens every year in July. Not familiar with the clearing process? Here, you will find everything you need to know to get the ball rolling and secure your place at UCB. Our team of dedicated clearing advisors have your very best interests at heart and will guide you through every aspect of your application. Simply call us on 0121 604 1040 and we’ll get you started on your journey.


Course contact details

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UG Domestic Home and EU Admissions

0121 604 1040

International Admissions

0121 232 4447

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