AESTHETIC PRACTITIONER

BA (Hons) Top-up

Accredited by University College Birmingham

Course Award

BA (Hons)

Duration

1 year FT

UCAS Code

W210

Entry

September

Fees

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Learn and work in our state-of-the-art commercial aesthetics clinic

Experience placement opportunities in a variety of settings to support your career progression

Non-surgical and non-invasive aesthetic treatments are on the rise in the UK, putting demand for qualified practitioners at an all-time high. Our Aesthetic Practitioner top-up degree course builds on your existing knowledge and skills for practising a wide range of non-medical procedures, offering you a gateway to a range of reputable and lucrative careers in this rapidly expanding sector.

Designed for anyone who has previously studied a relevant subject (up to Level 5) or with substantial industry experience, this aesthetics top-up course will help you further develop the specialist knowledge and skills needed for a variety of industry roles. The course covers a range of non-medical procedures within cosmetology, hair removal and skin rejuvenation, as well as advanced electrical face and body technologies.

Working with real clients in our state-of-the-art Aspire Aesthetics clinic at University College Birmingham, you will gain valuable hands-on experience using the latest equipment, procedures and techniques. You will also have the opportunity to visit the Mesoestetic production facility in Spain, as well as the chance to engage with industry experts. Demonstrating best in practice and providing reassurance to students and clients alike, University College Birmingham adheres to Joint Council for Cosmetic Practitioners (JCCP) and Cosmetic Practice Standards Authority (CPSA) guidelines.

Why should I choose this course?

  • PRACTICAL APPLICATION – Work with real clients in our state-of-the-art clinic, featuring the latest equipment from cryotherapy machines to high intensity focused ultrasound (HIFU)
  • WORK PLACEMENT – Start building your professional network and gain invaluable real-world experience through a work placement during your course
  • ENRICHMENT  Engage with industry professionals at events such as ACE Conference and Professional Beauty North, as well as meeting a variety of expert guest speakers

Our facilities

Our Aesthetic Practitioner course lets you get hands-on with real paying clients working in our Aspire Aesthetics clinic on campus, enabling you to put your training into practice using the latest technology and equipment.

Course breakdown

  • Modules

Core Modules

Aesthetic Identity

The aesthetics industry is rapidly growing yet the reasons people choose to paricipate in aesthetic treatments is often misunderstood. This module aims to explore both sociological and psychological factors that may influence a client's decision to engage in such treatments. What is the ideal image, or does it - should it - even exist? Is it important, and who are the drivers of this global industry? This module will ensure you develop a more holistic, well-rounded approach to treating clients.

Regenerative Aesthetics

This module will research current invasive and non-invasive regenerative treatments available in the aesthetics industry. The efficacy and impact on internal and external body structures will be reviewed.

Applied Aesthetics

This module will facilitate the development of aesthetic studies applied in the aesthetics clinic using research grade analysis on the face and body to provide a vehicle for critical analysis of data.

Research Project

The research project module is a key mechanism through which the skills of independent learning, problem solving, analysis, assimilation and presentation of data are developed. The project also gives you the opportunity of deepening your knowledge in a particular area of the aesthetics industry.

The modules listed above for this course are regularly reviewed to ensure they are up to date and informed by industry as well as the latest teaching methods. On occasion, we may need to make unexpected changes to modules – if this occurs, we will contact all offer holders as soon as possible.

Entry requirements
 

Academic

A relevant HND or a foundation degree with 240 credits.

If you are unsure if your previous qualification is suitable, please contact us before completing an application. You can call us on 0121 604 1040 or email direct@ucb.ac.uk

Work experience

Students will also be considered if applying with significant industry experience. We will explore with you whether your experience permits exemptions of previous modules based on your experiential learning. If you are interested in securing a place via this route, please contact our Admissions team upon submission of your application as you will be required to attend a meeting with the teaching teams to provide evidence of your industry knowledge.

EU/international students

European and International qualifications studied in a relevant subject matter will also be considered. Applicants will need to have achieved 120 ECTS or equivalent (European Credit Transfer).

If you are unsure if your previous qualification is suitable, please contact us before completing an application. You can call us on 0121 604 1040 or send an email:

EU: euadmissions@ucb.ac.uk

International: international@ucb.ac.uk

Key information

Teaching and assessment

Note: Indicative information only – actual timetables and assessment regimes will be issued at your induction.

Teaching

Example of a typical teaching week (up to 16 contact hours):

  • Large group teaching – 4-6 hours
  • Smaller group teaching – 2-3 hours
  • Hands-on learning in the clinic – 4-6 hours
  • Tutorials – 2-3 hours

You will also need to commit around 20 hours per week for individual study time.

Assessment

Estimated breakdown of assessment for this top-up degree course:

  • Coursework – 50%
  • Practical assessment – 50%

Our teaching and assessment is underpinned by our Teaching, Learning and Assessment Strategy 2015-2020.

Uniform and kit costs

This course requires a uniform and kit costing approximately £290, depending on the items you purchase. (Prices are subject to change each year – exact costs and information on how to order required items will be provided to you prior to enrolment.)

Kick-Start

As a new student studying this degree full-time, you will receive £300 per year via our Kick-Start Scheme (eligibility criteria applies). This scheme will support your studies and future career by contributing to course-related materials, uniform or selected items on campus. You might even qualify for an additional £500 per year.

Tuition fees

UK/EU students

If you are a UK/EU student enrolling on a full-time foundation degree or a BA/BSc in 2020/21, your fee for this academic year will be £9,250 per each full year. A half year tuition fee is £4,625. UK/EU students do not pay tuition fees for any placement periods.

International students

If you are an international student enrolling on a a full-time foundation degree or a BA/BSc in 2020/21, your fee for this academic year will be £11,500 per year.

If you complete a placement year, your tuition fee would be £500 for a full year (£250 for half year placement).

I chose University College Birmingham because of its location, it offered the course which I really wanted to study, and because of its good reputation. I really enjoy the practical sessions, as well as the theory, and the balance between the two is very good.

Monika Chrzanowska Aesthetic Practitioner FdA

Career opportunities

Business development manager

Average Salary: £42,500

Skincare consultant

Average Salary: £15,000

Aesthetic practitioner (laser and skin practitioner)

£23,000 - £26,000

Area sales manager

Average Salary: £34,136

Aesthetic clinic manager

£30,000 - £40,000

Aesthetic practitioner

£23,000 - £26,000

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Maria’s Story

Maria was one of the very first students on this pioneering degree course, launched to answer demand for results-driven, non-medical treatments.

 

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