The first undergraduate-level degree in aesthetics for beauty therapists will soon be open for applicants.
From January 2019, Level 3 therapists can now gain a BSc in Clinical Cosmetology with Fusion Aesthetic Academy, a training provider directed by medical needling expert and aesthetics trainer Andrew Hansford and accredited by the University of Bolton.
The three-year degree includes 22 modules, mapped to the origfinal HEE Framework, that can be taken at the student’s own pace. The course accreditors will also take into account prior knowledge and experience, meaning, for example, that some very experienced therapists may be eligible to do the final-year modules only.
The aesthetic therapist pathway comprises units including mesotherapy, IPL, electrotherapy, pathogens, and anatomy and physiology; while the medical pathway covers toxin and iller, advanced peels and ultrasound, among other modules. Only doctors, dentists, nurses and pharmacists are qualified for this route. Unlike many other courses, there are no online modules.
The courses were developed in association with Helen Gordon, manager of the Wynyard Aesthetics Academy, and are externally moderated. Degree certificates are awarded from the University of Bolton, which oficially recognises the course.
Hansford said: “Too many courses make false promises and I felt it was unfair that there was no universityaccredited pathway for beauty therapists above Level 4. I want therapists to be able to say ‘I’ve proven I’m the best I can be and I can stand side by side with medics with a recognised degree’.”