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With non-surgical aesthetic treatments becoming increasingly popular in the UK, demand for qualified practitioners is at an all-time high. UCB's Aesthetic Practitioner foundation degree will open the doors for you to pursue a variety of reputable and lucrative careers in this rapidly expanding industry. Working in our state-of-the-art Aspire Aesthetics clinic, you'll study and practice a range of non-medical procedures in cosmetology, hair removal and skin rejuvenation, ensuring you have the up-to-date knowledge and skills to thrive in this booming sector.
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.
Our course offers two pathways in the first year depending on your existing qualifications. This Electrotherapy pathway (Course code W201) is designed for those who have not previously studied electrotherapy as part of a Level 3 qualification. If you have already studied such a qualification, please see our **Non-electrotherapy pathway (Course code W200)**.
Why should I study the course?
Working in UCB's state-of-the-art Aspire Aesthetics clinic, not only will you be learning using the very latest equipment, but you'll be working with real paying clients to put your training into practice.
Thanks to our fantastic links with the beauty industry, you'll also undertake a placement on our Work-based Practice in Aesthetics module, enabling you to build the real hands-on experience and professional relationships you need to get your career started.
You'll study a vast range of different procedures and technologies within a variety of different settings, giving you the skills and knowledge for a huge number of potential career options.
- You will be supported by qualified and highly experienced lecturers throughout your course, with full supervision in practical sessions in the clinic and lectures covering every element of aesthetic practice.
Great. Tell me some more
UCB's Aspire Aesthetics clinic offers a clinical environment using the latest UV and ultrasonic cleaning technology, a clinically-controlled laser room, comprehensive management software and state-of-the-art equipment including Observ 520, 3D Skintech and Carlton ThermaVisage. The clinic also provides treatments from top brands including Lynton Lasers, Dermaquest, Environ and Mesoestetics.
Demonstrating best practice, UCB 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 procedures including laser treatments, intense pulsed light, chemical peeling and skin needling.
You will learn how to use the latest highly-specialised equipment, including cryotherapy machines (fat freezing), high intensity focused ultrasound (HIFU) and a range of other face and body technologies.
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 a gateway to a range of careers in the aesthetics and cosmeceutical industry. Potential roles you could explore after graduating include:
Cosmeceutical skincare specialist
Treatment or training coordinator
Business development manager (aesthetic devices)
Patient treatment coordinator
- Clinic director
- Academic Skills (SSCS)
- Aesthetic Technologies in Hair Removal and Skin Rejuvenation
- Chemical Peels and Needling
- Physiology of Ageing
- The Aesthetic Consultation
- Electrotherapy in Aesthetic Practice (Electrotherapy pathway)
- 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
Teaching is delivered by qualified, experienced lecturers. A typical teaching week will 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
- Four to eight hours of hands-on learning in the clinic
- Two to 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.
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.
The University both encourages and provides extensive support for you to find appropriate work experience opportunities.
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 - 68%
- Practical assessment - 23%
- Written examinations - 9%
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.
All teaching and assessment is underpinned by our Teaching, Learning and Assessment Strategy 2015-2020.
How to apply
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!
You will need these codes when you add a choice to your application.
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Points of entry
The following entry points are available for this course:
- Year 1
- Year 2
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.
|UCAS Tariff||56 points||
Electrotherapy - You will have not previously studied electrotherapy as part of a Level 3 qualification.
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@example.com.
|A level||CD||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)||PPP||This can be achieved from either an Extended Diploma or a combination of smaller BTEC qualifications.|
|Access to HE Diploma||You will need a minimum of 56 UCAS Tariff points|
|Scottish Higher||You will need a minimum of 56 UCAS Tariff points|
Non-tariff: Non-UCAS Tariff based Level 3 qualifications are also considered for entry please contact firstname.lastname@example.org 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
|Cambridge English Advanced||Level B2||BA/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 Test||BA/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
Fees and funding
|Channel Islands||£9,250||Year 1|
|Northern Ireland||£9,250||Year 1|
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