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Course summary

OVERVIEW As growth in the non-surgical aesthetic market increases exponentially year on year, the demand for a qualified and highly skilled workforce is at an all-time high. Open to therapists and non-therapists alike, our Aesthetic Practitioner foundation degree will help you develop a range of technical and transferable skills, enabling you to pursue a reputable and lucrative career in the aesthetic industries. Learning in our commercial Aspire Aesthetics clinic at University College Birmingham, you will study a range of non-medical cosmetic procedures such as laser and light technologies and chemical peels. You will also explore theories and concepts including science of skincare, skin health education, ageing theories and physiology alongside key concepts of business operations, maximising your potential for employability by ensuring you are qualified to the right level to work safely and ethically. As part of our aesthetic training course, you will engage with industry experts through conferences, guest speakers, mentors and networking events. You will also benefit from access to a range of initiatives and projects, including our Creative Futures Incubator which supports new business opportunities for graduates. WHY CHOOSE THIS COURSE?

  • Practical application – Gain experience and expertise by participating in clinic sessions, case studies, practical workshops and demonstrations, as well as developing showcase portfolios
  • Industry links – We work closely with leading brands including Lynton, Mesoestetic, Neostrata, Skinade, E Clinic, Canfield VISIA and Observ to ensure our course content is up-to-date with industry
  • Enrichment – Explore the industry through competitions, guest speakers and additional training programmes, including skin cancer vigilance, anaphylaxis training and trans awareness
  • Expert tuition – Learn from our diverse team with an extensive range of qualifications, expertise and specialisms in aesthetics and associated industries
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. We have three purpose-built laser rooms, over 30 private treatment rooms, a designated retail space and three consultation rooms with access to a range of comprehensive client management and analysis software. Our clinic features cutting-edge technology including Lynton Motus AY pain-free hair reduction, Lumina, VISIA, Observ 520, Mesoestetic MCT device and MPen, as well as providing a range of other non-medical cosmetic procedures. 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 for the latest updates to this course



  • 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
*Note: Optional modules in Year 1 are dependent upon your existing qualifications 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: 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

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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.

UCB English Language Requirements

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Republic of Ireland £9250 Year 1
EU £13500 Year 1
International £13500 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