University College Birmingham

Degree level: Undergraduate

Aesthetic Practitioner

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Course summary

OVERVIEW With non-surgical aesthetic treatments becoming increasingly popular in the UK, demand for qualified practitioners is at an all-time high. Open to therapists and non-therapists alike, our Aesthetic Practitioner foundation degree opens the doors for you to pursue a variety of reputable and lucrative careers in this rapidly expanding industry. Learning in our commercial Aspire Aesthetics clinic at University College Birmingham and using the very latest equipment, you will study and practise a range of non-medical procedures in cosmetology, hair removal and skin rejuvenation, developing knowledge and skills in advanced electrical face and body technologies. Procedures you will master include laser treatments, intense pulsed light, chemical peeling and skin needling, ensuring you have the skills to thrive in this booming sector. Our aesthetic training course gives you the chance to gain vital real-world experience through a work placement and engage with industry experts through conferences and guest speaker visits. Demonstrating best practice and providing reassurance to students and clients alike, University College Birmingham adheres to guidelines from the Joint Council for Cosmetic Practitioners (JCCP) and the Cosmetic Practice Standards Authority (CPSA). WHY CHOOSE THIS COURSE?

  • Practical application - Work with real clients in our state-of-the-art clinic, featuring the latest equipment from cryotherapy machines to high intensity focused ultrasound (HIFU)
  • Work placement - Start building your professional network and gain invaluable real-world experience with the opportunity to complete a work placement during your course
  • Enrichment - Engage with industry professionals at events such as ACE Conference and Professional Beauty North, as well as meeting a variety of expert guest speakers
FACILITIES Our Aesthetic Practitioner course lets you 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. Aspire Aesthetics offers a clinical environment using the latest UV and ultrasonic sterilisation technology, with three clinically-controlled laser rooms and three consultation rooms where comprehensive client management software is used. The clinic also 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, while we use a variety of cosmeceutical product ranges and treatments from leading brands such as Mesoestetic. PLACEMENTS Our course encourages a work placement during your second year. Employers we have worked with include sk:n (Leamington), Skin & Tonic (Tamworth), Envie Clinic (Birmingham), Fiji Skin Clinic (Birmingham), Hampton Clinic (Birmingham), Beauty Lounge Training Academy (Birmingham), Medizen (Sutton Coldfield) and My Skin Spa (Solihull). CAREERS AND PROGRESSION Examples of careers you could pursue following this course:
  • Aesthetic practitioner
  • Laser and skin practitioner
  • Aesthetic clinic manager
  • Skincare consultant
  • Business development manager
  • Area sales manager
Upon completion of the foundation degree, you can also progress onto the final year of our full BA (Hons) degree.
  • Please refer to our website www.ucb.ac.uk for the latest updates to this course

Course details

Modules

YEAR 1

  • Academic Essentials
  • Aesthetic Technologies in Hair Removal and Skin Rejuvenation
  • Chemical Peels: Theory and Practice
  • Physiology of Ageing
  • The Aesthetic Consultation
Plus one option from:
  • Electrotherapy in Aesthetic Practice
  • Non-invasive Aesthetic Procedures
YEAR 2
  • Advancements in Technologies
  • Aesthetic Business Operations
  • Clinical Aesthetic Procedures
  • Exploring Research in Practice
  • Science of Skincare
- Work Based Practice in Aesthetics

Assessment method

Note: Indicative information only. Actual timetables and assessment regimes will be issued at your induction. Please be aware that methods of delivery for this course may be altered due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic – for the most up-to-date information, please refer to our website: www.ucb.ac.uk 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 2021-2024.


How to apply

Application codes

Course code:
W200
Institution code:
B35
Campus name:
University College Birmingham
Campus code:
-

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.

UCB English Language Requirements

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


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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 - https://www.ucb.ac.uk/study/fees-and-funding/undergraduate-fees/ EU and 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
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