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University College Birmingham

Aesthetic Practitioner

UCAS Code: W200

Foundation Degree in Arts - FdA

Entry requirements

A level


UCB will accept A Level in General Studies for this course and will also take into consideration applicants who are studying an extended project.

You will need a minimum of 56 UCAS Tariff points

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)


This can be achieved from either an Extended Diploma or a combination of smaller BTEC qualifications.

You will need a minimum of 56 UCAS Tariff points

UCAS Tariff


Non-electrotherapy - You will have 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 protected]

About this course

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Full-time | 2020


Beauty therapy

**Course snapshot**

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 degree will open the doors for you to pursue a variety of reputable and lucrative careers in this rapidly expanding industry. Learning in our state-of-the-art Aspire Aesthetics clinic, you'll study and practise 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. You'll also have the chance to gain real-world experience on a work placement, as well as meeting with guest speakers and 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 the course?**

- Working in our Aspire Aesthetics clinic, not only will you be learning using the very latest equipment, but you'll also be working with real paying clients to put your training into practice.

- You will study a vast range of different procedures and the latest technologies, giving you the skills and knowledge for a huge number of potential career options.

- Thanks to our fantastic links with the beauty industry, you will build further hands-on experience and professional relationships by undertaking a work placement, providing a major boost to your career prospects.

- In addition to placement, you will have the chance to network and connect with industry through guest speakers and industry events.

**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 client management software and state-of-the-art equipment, including Observ 520 and a range of multi-platform, non-surgical and non-invasive face and body equipment. The clinic also provides treatments from top brands including Lynton Lasers, Dermaquest, Environ and Mesoestetic.

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 non-surgical and non-invasive procedures including laser treatments, intense pulsed light, chemical peeling and skin needling.

You will 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 completing your studies 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 the full BA (Hons) degree at the end of year two.


**Year 1**

- Academic Skills (SSCS)
- Aesthetic Technologies in Hair Removal and Skin Rejuvenation
- Chemical Peels and Needling
- Physiology of Ageing
- The Aesthetic Consultation
- Therapeutic Techniques (Non-electrotherapy pathway)

**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 methods


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.

**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.


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.

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