Aesthetic Practitioner FdA

Overview (NV)

Aesthetic Practitioner FdA

Course length
2 years full-time
UCAS code
W200 Aesthetic Practitioner
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With the number of non-surgical and non-invasive aesthetic treatments happening in the UK increasing year on year, the demand for qualified practitioners is at an all-time high.

 This course enables you to study this rapidly expanding sector and practice a range of non-medical procedures within the fields of cosmetology, hair removal and skin rejuvenation, developing knowledge and skills in advanced electrical face and body technologies.

In response to industry demand and using the very latest equipment, procedures you will master include laser treatments, intense pulsed light, chemical peeling and skin needling.

Open to therapists and non-therapists alike, the course is, most importantly, a gateway into a variety of reputable and lucrative careers. These include laser practitioner, cosmeceutical skincare specialist, treatment or training coordinator, business development manager in aesthetic devices, patient treatment coordinator and clinic director.

Demonstrating best in practice and providing reassurance to students and clients alike, UCB adheres to Joint Council for Cosmetic Practitioners (JCCP) and Cosmetic Practice Standards Authority (CPSA) guidelines.

Who can apply?

There are two distinct pathways to accommodate those with Level 3 or A-level qualifications or those with experience working in the aesthetics industry. Which pathway you take will depend on your qualifications on entry.

On completion of the two-year foundation degree, there is the option to study for a third year and achieve a full BA (Hons) degree. This top-up incorporates Business Enterprise and Digital Marketing and will arm you with the essential industry skills you will need for supervisory and managerial roles, as well as setting up your own business.   

Why should I choose this course?

  • You will have the chance to enter a rapidly expanding, highly profitable industry with a huge number of potential career options. Not only that, your hands-on training in a clinical environment will put you at a significant advantage over non-graduates.
  • You will gain the practical experience and skills you need to perform non-surgical and non-invasive procedures using the latest highly-specialised equipment, from cryotherapy machines (fat freezing) to high intensity focused ultrasound (HIFU) and a range of other face and body technologies.
  • Qualified and highly experienced lecturers will ensure you are fully supported throughout the duration of your course, with full supervision in practical sessions in the clinic and lectures covering every element of aesthetic practice.
  • Learning in a variety of different settings will enable you to put theory into practice and network with future clients and employers.
  • You will be fully supported in finding relevant work placements complementing your studies, giving you both transferable professional skills and hands-on experience of the industry.  

Open days

Our open days are designed to give you as much information as possible about UCB and the areas you are interested in studying. Come along and we may make you an offer on the day.



Teaching & Assessment (NV)

Teaching & assessment

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.
  • 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.

Entry Requirements (NV)

Entry Requirements

Tariff: Level 3 qualification or a minimum of 56 UCAS Tariff points from at least one A-level.

Non-tariff: Non-UCAS Tariff based Level 3 qualifications are also considered for entry. 

Work based: We equally consider applicants who have experience working in the aesthetics industry, but do not have a formal qualification. A reference from your current or most recent line manager supporting your entry to higher education will be requested.

Find out more about alternative entry requirements. 

EU/international students

For entry requirements for EU and international students, please visit the Country Specific Information page.


UCAS Tariff calculator

You can use our calculator below to convert your predicted/achieved grades into UCAS Tariff points.  

If your total predicted/achieved points do not meet those outlined above or your qualification(s) do not appear on the UCAS Tariff please contact the admissions directly on 0121 604 1040 or email


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Qualification Grade Points


Modules (NV)


Year 1

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

Year 2

Aesthetic Business Operations Work Based Practice in Aesthetics Science of Skincare Clinical Aesthetic Procedures Advancements in Technologies Critical Approach to Research Methods in Aesthetic Practice


*Application of treatments in practical modules will adhere to the guidelines of the JCCP, which state that practitioners must be expected to be supervised for at least one year. 


Placements (NV)

Work placement

As part of our course, UCB students gain valuable work experience through a work placement. This is a great opportunity to put what you have learnt into practice working alongside qualified professionals. Over the years, we have developed close working relationships throughout the beauty industry and continue to develop fantastic links with the aesthetics industry. The hired@UCB team will assist you in finding a placement to reflect your particular area of interest.

Employability (NV)


Ideal for anyone looking to take advantage of the ever-increasing popularity of age management and aesthetic procedures, this course is an ideal stepping stone towards a reputable, lucrative career in a flourishing industry.

It will not only give you the most up-to-date knowledge base, but also the practical skills to allow you to carry out procedures and treatments in a real-life setting.

You would also be well equipped to work in a sales or training role within the cosmeceutical industry as a result of this degree.

Specific roles you could explore after graduating include:

  • Laser practitioner
  • Cosmeceutical skincare specialist
  • Treatment or training coordinator
  • • Business development manager – aesthetic devices
  • • Patient treatment coordinator
  • • Clinic director


hired@UCB is our student and alumni support service designed to provide a single reference point for information, advice and guidance regarding opportunities to develop and demonstrate employability and enterprise skills.

Based on the 7th floor of our Summer Row campus, the hired@UCB team comprises specialist and qualified staff with knowledge and experience of:

  • Careers advice and guidance
  • Placements, work experience and volunteering
  • Employer engagement
  • Part-time and seasonal work
  • Internships and apprenticeships
  • Graduate schemes and alumni support
  • Unitemps – UCB's recruitment agency

Find out more about hired@UCB services.