Aesthetic Practitioner FdA

Overview (NV)

Aesthetic Practitioner FdA

Course length
2 years full-time
UCAS code
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We will continue to accept applications for this course after 15 January UCAS deadline date.  


The number of non-surgical treatments is rising in the UK, according to the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons, and demand for qualified practitioners is at an all-time high. 

Improving people’s quality of life and psychological wellbeing, business is booming in this area of the aesthetics sector and this course will enable graduates to perform a range of non-medical procedures within cosmetology, the field of hair removal, skincare and beauty products. 

Meeting huge demand in a flourishing industry, procedures graduates will be able to perform include laser, intense pulsed light, chemical peeling and other techniques to reinforce treatment efficacy alongside a range of advanced electrical face and body technologies. 

Crucially, Aesthetic Practitioner provides 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.

Who can apply?

There are two distinct pathways to accommodate those with Level 3 or A Level qualifications.

In a nutshell, you can apply if you have a Level 3 in Beauty Therapy (must include Face and Body Electrotherapy), but we also warmly welcome applications from those with at least two A Levels (minimum 56 UCAS Tariff points) or a Level 3 non-beauty qualification.

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 gain the practical experience and the essential skills you need to perform non-medical procedures with up-to-date, highly specialised equipment.
  • You will have the chance to enter a rapidly expanding, highly profitable industry with a huge-number of potential career options. Not only that, but your hands-on training will put you at a significant advantage over non-graduates.
  • Qualified and highly experienced lecturers will ensure you are fully supported throughout the duration of your course with full supervision in practical sessions and lectures covering every element of aesthetic beauty practice.
  • You will learn in a number of different settings, from the lecture theatre to the aesthetic beauty suite, enabling 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 and 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.
  • 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. 


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.

Entry Requirements (NV)

Entry Requirements

Tariff: Level 3 qualification in Beauty Therapy (general beauty therapy which must include Level 3 Face and Body Electrotherapy) or a minimum of 56 UCAS Tariff points from at least two A Levels or equivalent BTEC qualifications. 

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

Find out more information on tariff entry requirements for 2018/19 entry.

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 Employability Enhancement Physiology of Ageing Aesthetic Technologies in Hair Removal Therapeutic Techniques Aesthetic Technologies in Skin Rejuvenation

Year 2

Clinic Practice Placement Science of Skincare Clinical Aesthetic Procedures Advancements in Technologies (students with a general Level 3 qualification in Beauty Therapy only, which must include Level 3 Face and Body Electrotherapy) Advanced Techniques and Consultancy Procedures Principles and Practices of Electrotherapy (students without a Level 3 qualification in Beauty Therapy that includes Level 3 Face and Body Electrotherapy)


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)


This course is an ideal stepping stone towards a career in the aesthetics industry and clinical skincare sector. It will not only give you the most up-to-date knowledge of the latest developments within the aesthetic beauty industry, 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
  • Skincare specialist
  • Treatment or training co-ordinator 


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

Based on the 7th floor of Summer Row, the hired@UCB team are well-equipped to provide you with support surrounding: 

  • careers advice and guidance
  • placements, work experience and volunteering
  • employer engagement
  • part-time and seasonal work
  • internships, apprenticeships and traineeships
  • graduate schemes and alumni support
  • exploring Unitemps – UCB's recruitment agency 

Find out more about hired@UCB services.