University College Birmingham

Degree level: Undergraduate

Aesthetic Practitioner

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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 foundation 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 have the opportunity to network with industry experts. 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
  • 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 foundation 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. 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
Upon completion of the foundation degree, you can also progress onto the final year of our full BA (Hons) degree.

Course details



  • 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
  • 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

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

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Non-tariff: Non-UCAS Tariff based Level 3 qualifications are also considered for entry please contact [email protected] to check your eligibility. Work-based: We also give equal consideration to applicants who are currently in work and wish to apply to UCB. To apply, you must have a minimum of 3 years’ relevant work experience, demonstrating management or supervisory duties. Your application must also include a reference from your line manager supporting your entry to higher education. For further details please contact Admissions. Students who are studying a mixture of qualifications will receive an offer that will be inclusive of all Level 3 qualifications.

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.

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £12500 Year 1
International £12500 Year 1
England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1

Additional fee information

UK: If you are a UK student enrolling on a Foundation Degree or a BA/BSc at University College Birmingham in 2021/22, 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 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 Fees please go to our website here - EU and International: More information about International Fees please go to our website here -
Aesthetic Practitioner at University College Birmingham - UCAS