Aesthetic Practitioner (Electrotherapy) University College Birmingham

Undergraduate

  • Course snapshot

With the number of non-surgical treatments is rising in the UK and demand for qualified practitioners is at an all-time high, and our Aesthetic Beauty Practitioner foundation degree will provide you with the knowledge and skills to thrive in the skincare sector.

The pathway modules you will study in your first year will depend on your entry qualifications, aiding your transition onto the course and ensuring you gain the most relevant skills, preparing you for industry. When applying, you will need to choose the course code that best reflects your entry qualifications:

  • W200 – Non-electrotherapy (you will have previously studied electrotherapy as part of a Level 3 qualification)

  • W201– Electrotherapy (you will have not previously studied electrotherapy as part of a Level 3 qualification)

Each pathway will include a module that builds on your existing, knowledge and provide you with the specialist skill set you’ll need for the sector.

  • Who’s the course for?

This course, accredited by University College Birmingham, has been designed to explore a range of non-medical procedures within cosmetology. It will provide a foundation for a variety of careers within the skincare sector, including laser practitioner, skincare specialist and treatment/training co-ordinator, and is ideal for anyone looking to maximise on the opportunities in a world of advanced anti-ageing procedures.

  • Why should I study the course?

Teaching and individual study covers a vast range of core competencies in the sector including the physiology of ageing, science of skincare and clinic practice.

You will be able to apply your knowledge in practical and relevant ways to different areas in the field of hair removal, skincare and beauty products.

As a graduate, you will be able to perform laser, intense pulsed light, chemical peeling and other techniques to reinforce treatment efficacy alongside a range of advanced electrical face and body technologies.

  • Great. Tell me some more

Our teaching facilities are state-of-the-art and feature the latest clinic equipment, cosmeceutical product ranges and treatments from top brands including Lynton Lasers, Dermaquest, Environ and Mesoestetics. The Aesthetic Clinic at UCB offers:

  • A clinical environment minimising and reducing the risk of infection transmission using the latest ultrasonic cleaning technology and UV technology

  • A clinically controlled laser room

  • State-of-the-art equipment – Observe 520, 3d Skin Tech, Carlton ThermaVisage

  • What skills will I gain?

As well as the comprehensive knowledge and skills you will acquire at university, you will be encouraged to gain work experience as a great opportunity to put what you have learned into practice alongside qualified professionals.

We have developed close working relationships with a range of businesses and can offer you a wide range of placement opportunities alongside your studies.

Our hired@UCB team will make sure you are well-matched for your placement and support your progress throughout your work experience.

  • What about the future?

This course is an ideal qualification if you want to pursue a career in the aesthetics industry and clinical skincare sector. It will equip you with the latest in clinical education, gaining skills and knowledge to enable you to become part of a rapidly expanding industry.

Graduates can also go on to work for the cosmeceutical industry, working with products and treatments in a sales or training role. Specific roles include:

  • Laser practitioner

  • Skincare specialist

  • Treatment/training co-ordinator

  • Qualification

    Foundation Degree in Arts - FdA

  • Study mode

    Full-time

  • Location

    Main Site

  • Start date

    9 September 2019

  • Duration

    2 years


Course details

Modules

  • Year 1: Academic Skills, Aesthetic Technologies in Hair Removal and Skin Rejuvenation, Chemical Peels and Needling, Physiology of Ageing, The Aesthetic Consultation.
    Pathway modules: Electrotherapy in Aesthetic Practice (you will have not previously studied electrotherapy as part of a Level 3 qualification), Therapeutic Techniques (you will have previously studied electrotherapy as part of a Level 3 qualification).

  • Year 2: Advancements in Technologies, Aesthetic Business Operations, Clinical Aesthetic Procedures, Critical Approach to Research Methods in Aesthetic Practice, Science of Skincare, Work-based Practice in Aesthetics

Assessment method

  • Teaching
    A typical teaching week will be delivered by qualified, experienced lecturers and involve up to 16 contact hours made up as follows:

Four to six hours of large group lectures.
Two to three hours of smaller group teaching.
Up to eight hours of hands-on learning in the salon.
Three hours of a mixture of personal, group and academic tutorials.
The number of hours you will spend in large-group lectures and practical sessions will depend on your previous qualifications.

  • Individual study
    In addition, you will need to commit around 20 hours a week of your own study time in preparation for teaching sessions and completing assessments. UCB’s online study platform Canvas provides 24 hour access to learning and support material.

  • Work experience
    The University both encourages and provides extensive support for you to find appropriate work experience opportunities.

  • Assessment
    You will be assessed using a variety of different methods designed to test your strengths in a range of areas.

An estimated breakdown of assessments for this course is as follows:

Coursework - 50%
Practical assessment - 50%
Please note that the information provided above is indicative only. Actual timetables and assessment regimes will be issued to students at induction, and will depend on your prior qualifications and the module pathways you choose to take.

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 code W201
Institution code B35
Campus name Main Site
Campus code -

Points of entry

This means the year in which you would like to start the course.

‘Year 1’ means you will start in the first year.

‘Year 0’ means you will enter onto a foundation year.

You may be able to start some courses in the second or third years, if you meet certain criteria. You will need to discuss this with the university or college directly.

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1
  • Year 2

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Qualification Offer Further information
UCAS Tariff 56 points Electrotherapy - You will have not previously studied electrotherapy as part of a Level 3 qualification.

The entry criteria at UCB can be met using different and multiple Level 3 qualifications.

If you are unsure if your qualification is accepted call us on 0121 604 1040.
A level You will need a minimum of 56 UCAS Tariff points from 1 A levels (or their equivalent)

We do not specify specific grades in our Admissions offer for A level learners we will look at your total achievement and or predicted grades.
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) You will need a minimum of 56 UCAS Tariff points

We do not specify specific grades in our Admissions offer for BTEC learners we will look at your total achievement and or predicted grades.
Access to HE Diploma You will need a minimum of 56 UCAS Tariff points

We do not specify specific grades in our Admissions offer for Access to HE learners we will look at your total achievement and or predicted grades.
Scottish Higher You will need a minimum of 56 UCAS Tariff points

We do not specify specific grades in our Admissions offer for Scottish Higher learners we will look at your total achievement and or predicted grades.

Students who complete a Level 3 qualification in Beauty Therapy (general beauty therapy which must include Level 3 Face and Body Electrotherapy) are also eligible for entrance.

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.

Students who are studying a mixture of qualifications will receive an offer that will be inclusive of all Level 3 qualifications. For example, our standard offer would be - A minimum of 56 UCAS Tariff points, from a combination of your Level 3 Qualifications


Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Channel Islands £9,250 Year 1
EU £9,250 Year 1
International £9,900 Year 1
England £9,250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9,250 Year 1
Scotland £9,250 Year 1
Wales £9,250 Year 1

Additional fee information

All Fees above are subject to change and UCB will update this cost information when our 2019 entry fee is agreed. UK/EU: 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. International: More information about International Fees please go to our website here - http://www.ucb.ac.uk/our-courses/international/tuition-fees-and-scholarships.aspx