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Please note: This programme is designed for UK registered Nurses, Doctors and Dentists based in the UK, in order to apply you must provide evidence of UK registration. You must also hold the correct entry clearance to allow you to study part time in the United Kingdom.

In order to apply for a postgraduate student loan, it is important to apply and enrol on the full MSc and complete this qualification in continuous progression.

This innovative part time programme is available to existing and aspiring cosmetic practitioners who already hold professional registration as nurses, doctors or dentists. Developed in partnership with expert practitioners and the leading professional associations in aesthetics, the competency based programme has been designed to fully meet the Standards for Education and Training providers identified by Joint Council of Cosmetic Practitioners (JCCP) (2018b).

A flexible blended learning approach is used to deliver the programme allowing you to fit it around your work and make it accessible to those geographically distant to the University. The programme is a mixture of e-learning, face to face and practice based learning. The practice based learning will assessed by expert aesthetic practitioners holding a recognised assessor qualification.

The programme as a full Masters is taken over three years (it is also available as a linked award). The first stage (Year 1) focuses on the assessment of your proficiency to provide safe person-centred care to meet the JCCP Competency Framework for Aesthetic Practitioners (2018a), enabling you to practice autonomously as an aesthetic practitioner offering botulinum toxin and non-permanent dermal fillers. This will be achieved through the opportunity to develop the relevant evidence based knowledge to underpin your practice and to develop practice competence working alongside experienced, professionally registered aesthetic practitioners who will observe and assess your competence in practice

The second year of the programme develops your expertise to advance aesthetic practice through; facilitating the learning of others, developing your business and understanding the existing evidence base underpinning aesthetic practice.

The final year of the programme enables you to add to the evidence base informing aesthetic practice through undertaking an empirical study or systematic review of the literature

Course Structure

The Northumbria University Aesthetics programme is a full Masters award taken over three years (stages). They must be accessed incrementally and you must successfully complete each stage in turn. Should you be unable to progress, lower awards are awarded for successfully completed stages, but interim awards are not given.

In the first year, the programme will: prepare registered practitioners to develop the clinical knowledge and competencies required to provide facial cosmetic treatments with botulinum toxin and non- permanent dermal fillers underpinned by sound professional decision making at post graduate level.

In the second year, the programme will: build upon the clinical competence and knowledge acquired and enable registered practitioners to understand and critique the evidence base for aesthetic practice, set up and run independent aesthetic practices, which provide safe, person centred care, and enable them to facilitate practice based learning and assessment of other practitioners.

The final year will: enable registered practitioners to add to the evidence base for non-surgical aesthetic procedures through empirical research or systematic review of the literature.

Click here to view the Professional Non-Surgical Aesthetic Practice FAQs, including course fee information and breakdown.

Students eligible for ELCAS funding please click here

Course Information

Level of Study
Postgraduate

Mode of Study
3 years by part-time study

Department
Nursing, Midwifery & Health

Location
Coach Lane Campus, Northumbria University

City
Newcastle

Start
September 2020

Fee Information

Module Information

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Designed to fit around your existing commitments, the programme is delivered flexibly through a mixture of e-learning, face-to-face and practise-based learning.

The programme is based on authentic learning and assessment principles (Lombardi, 2007) which prioritise “real life” learning. An assessment for learning approach will be used which employs formative assessment tasks to help you learn and develop the knowledge and skills required to complete the summative assessment task. Formative learning tasks will check your understanding of both the module content and the requirements and expectations of the summative assessment task assessment, providing feedback along the learning journey to enable you to assess your own level of understanding, safe application of the learning to practice and to highlight areas for development.

In the PG Cert, once a baseline level of understanding has been developed and assessed in the core module, you will undertake supervised practice based learning alongside an experienced professionally registered aesthetic practitioner to develop confidence and competence in practice, and be assessed against a competency framework. Formative feedback on your practical ability and underpinning knowledge will be provided by mentors in practice, and a guidance teacher who will oversee your academic learning.

Summative assessment will be linked to each module of study within the programme; in the second module of the PG Cert this will include theoretical and competency assessment in practice.

Book an Open Day / Experience Professional Non-Surgical Aesthetic Practice

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Northumbria is the principal provider of nurse education in the North East of England and has excellent relationships with partner services in healthcare.

This programme is led by Senior Lecturer and qualified nurse Emma Senior. Emma has worked collaboratively with experts in aesthetic practice to develop educational materials to enable the practitioners to meet the Health Education England (HEE,2015) recommendations PART ONE: Qualification requirements for delivery of cosmetic procedures: Non-surgical cosmetic interventions and hair restoration surgery.

Teaching Staff / Profiles

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This course is based at our Coach Lane Campus.

You will have access to cutting-edge facilities with technology embedded through all aspects of your course.

Facilities / Nursing, Midwifery and Health

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Northumbria University has been ranked in the top quartile in the UK for research power in Allied Health Sciences and Nursing.

Additionally more than 80% of our research activity in Allied Health Sciences and Nursing is rated as world-leading or internationally excellent (REF 2014).

Research / Nursing, Midwifery and Health

Book an Open Day / Experience Professional Non-Surgical Aesthetic Practice

Visit an Open Day to really get an inside view of what it's like to study Professional Non-Surgical Aesthetic Practice at Northumbria. Speak to staff and students from the course and discover your funding options.

The programme will prepare existing and aspiring aesthetic practitioners who already hold professional registration to meet the essential educational recommendations for practice identified in the Competency Framework for Aesthetic Practitioners (JCCP, 2018a) and the Standards for Education and Training providers (JCCP, 2018b). 

Book an Open Day / Experience Professional Non-Surgical Aesthetic Practice

Visit an Open Day to really get an inside view of what it's like to study Professional Non-Surgical Aesthetic Practice at Northumbria. Speak to staff and students from the course and discover your funding options.

Entry Requirements 2020/21

Standard Entry

Applicants should normally have:

Level 6 studies within the last five years and 120 credits, or equivalent, at level 5. Current professional registration as a nurse, doctor or dentist with a minimum of two years post qualifying experience.

International qualifications:

If you have studied a non UK qualification, you can see how your qualifications compare to the standard entry criteria, by selecting the country that you received the qualification in, from our country pages. Visit www.northumbria.ac.uk/yourcountry

English language requirements:

International applicants are required to have a minimum overall IELTS (Academic) score of 6.5 with 6 in each component (or approved equivalent*).

 *The university accepts a large number of UK and International Qualifications in place of IELTS.  You can find details of acceptable tests and the required grades you will need in our English Language section. Visit www.northumbria.ac.uk/englishqualifications

Fees and Funding 2020/21 Entry

Full UK Fee: £11,940

Full EU Fee: £11,940

Full International Fee: TBC

ADDITIONAL COSTS

Travel cost to placement and If student has not met competencies within 40 hours which are included in course fees, then they can have up to a further 40 hours at an additional cost.

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Modules

Module information is indicative and is reviewed annually therefore may be subject to change. Applicants will be informed if there are any changes.

AA0709 -

Assessment & Decision Making for Non-surgical Cosmetic Interventions (Core,20 Credits)

The module focuses on three key elements:
• Evidence based analysis of intrinsic and extrinsic factors that affect skin health and ageing processes, how to optimise skin health and prevent premature ageing in clients
• Evaluation of the core elements that constitute safe, ethical and person centred aesthetic practice to inform your own practice
• How to undertake client assessment processes informed by appropriate legal, ethical and professional frameworks and guidance, and articulate and document your evidence based decision making for any cosmetic or aesthetic interventions you provide or refuse

The module introduces you to the existing evidence base which informs your practice; enables you to understand and critique the evidence and apply it to your own practice. You will learn how to; find and critique evidence directly related to the module using online library and skills plus services, develop your writing, referencing and presentation skills at postgraduate level enabling you to build upon and further develop your current academic skills. The module develops your ability to understand how to undertake an holistic assessment of the client, based upon current legal, ethical and professional guidance and advise the client on possible preventative and treatment options including the risks and benefits. This will require you to articulate and document evidence based defensible decision making related to aesthetic practice. It also helps you to evaluate your own practice setting in terms of what constitutes safe and ethical aesthetic practice.

More information

AA0710 -

Administration of Botulinum Toxin and Non-permanent Dermal Fillers (Core,40 Credits)

The module focuses on the clinical skills to effectively assess patients need, discuss possible treatment options and provide a package of non-surgical cosmetic/aesthetic treatment using botulinum toxin and/or non-permanent dermal fillers which addresses need, safety and satisfaction. The focus is on routine facial treatments. You will learn about facial anatomical structures, pharmacology, actions, contraindications and rheology of toxins and fillers, patient assessment, consultations and injecting procedures, and procedures for managing complications and emergencies. This will be underpinned by application of the knowledge, gained in the previous module, enabling you to demonstrate ethical practice and defensible decision making to achieve patient safety and satisfaction in non- surgical cosmetic and aesthetic practice.

More information

AA0711 -

Setting up, managing and growing a health related small business (Core,20 Credits)

This module will enable you to gain the knowledge and skills necessary to plan, establish and manage or further improve a commercial aesthetic or other health related business. The module will support you to gain or further develop the entrepreneurial and business knowledge, skills and attributes required to exploit your individual practice specific knowledge and competence in a health related business which is customer focussed and provides high quality services reflecting current national standards and guidance.
Content will include the processes involved in business start-up: writing a business plan, legal and regulatory aspects of business operation, competitor analysis, financial planning, risk assessment and management, marketing, business analysis and resource planning, preparing appropriate systems and records to ensure compliance and good governance of the enterprise.

More information

AA0712 -

Research Methods and Approaches (Core,20 Credits)

The module introduces you to the knowledge and skills needed to recognise and undertake high quality, ethical research. The content will cover research philosophy, methodology and the different methods associated with a range of research traditions. You will explore the value of research evidence in informing professional practice and be able to apply the principles of research to critically appraise the quality of research. You will develop specific skills in writing a research proposal.

On this module you will develop your knowledge base and understanding of:
• Research philosophy & corresponding methodological approaches including qualitative and quantitative approaches Research ethics and governance
• Research methods
• Data collection and analysis
• Developing a research proposal

More information

AA0717 -

Supervisor and Assessor Preparation in Clinical Practice (Core,20 Credits)

During this module you will develop your knowledge, skills and expertise in supervising and assessing individuals and groups of both patients and other learners in a classroom environment and a clinical practice environment. This will include critical evaluation of key theoretical concepts underpinning learning, supervising and assessment. Building on and deepening prior learning you will further develop a more critical understanding of how patient education in clinical practice can influence ill health prevention and the holistic health and wellbeing of the individual. This will include a critical analysis of the barriers and enablers to your practice role in helping patients learn and change their behaviour. You will also explore models of education in theory and practice contexts and you will practice the delivery of teaching and learning to other individual learners and groups of learners working in clinical practice. Building on prior learning you will critically explore how assessment influences learning and critique the learning challenges of different types of supervision and assessment; including the practice supervision and assessment of competency.

More information

AA0718 -

Empirical Project (Optional,60 Credits)

On this Empirical Project dissertation module you will be encouraged to critically explore a range of approaches to research however emphasis will be placed on your understanding of the world view, design and meaning system that will drive your own research study. It is assumed that prior to the undertaking of this dissertation module you will have undertaken study that prepares you for engagement with a Masters dissertation process and that you will have constructed a robust research proposal that has gained or is in the process of gaining ethical approval from both the University and (if applicable) your employing organisation. In the module you will revisit and deepen your understandings of a range of key topic areas linked to the empirical research process, this will include discussion of world views and research paradigms, the research question, aim or hypothesis, research design, working with literature and theory, developing ethical codes, constructing the research sample, collecting robust research evidence, ensuring quality assurance within your research work, analysing both qualitative and quantitative evidence and writing and disseminating the research dissertation work. You will be invited to attend a series of research seminars during the module and you will have access to a named supervisor for one to one supervision work. Both the seminars and supervision will encourage you to apply the key areas of learning within this module to your own professional context and field of expertise. This will enable you to critically examine how the empirical research process will work best for your research goals and design.

More information

AA0719 -

Systematic Appraisal (Optional,60 Credits)

This research rich module will enable you to bring together the knowledge, understanding and skills that you have accrued from other modules on your programme. You will be invited to identify a topic with which you are familiar, and in which you believe there may be scope for development or change. Through technology enriched learning you will learn about your role as a researcher and how you can make effective and systematic use of published research to inform your area of practice and/or policy. Through the process of a systematic appraisal (a small-scale systematic review) of evidence based published research you will develop enhanced critical appraisal skills, including skills of analysis and synthesis. Your systematic appraisal will address research questions which arise from your specific practice/field of expertise. For example, these questions might address:
• effectiveness of single/definable interventions in order to state and recommend best practice/provide evidence based guidelines for practice
• evaluation of appropriateness/acceptability/process/outcomes of complex human services in order to improve/develop/inform practice
• the service user experience of services
• relationships between practitioners and service users
• theoretical and ideological issues of relevance to practice and/or policy
The published work you include in the systematic appraisal may be either entirely quantitative, entirely qualitative or mixed methods. You will critically examine the philosophical perspective of both the research question and the systematic appraisal methodology. You will work within the appropriate research governance and ethical guidelines for your professional discipline.

More information

AA0720 -

Publication Focused Research Project (Optional,60 Credits)

In this module you will develop the necessary skills to plan, develop, implement, and critique of a research project relevant to professional practice. Furthermore, you will have the opportunity to plan for dissemination of your research to a wider audience via conference presentation or publication.
With support from your academic supervisor you will undertake your own research project; this may involve primary data collection, analysis of existing data, or a synthesis of the literature on a specific topic.
More specifically, depending on your choice of methodology you will develop:
• project management skills including time management skills
• knowledge and skills required for quantitative or qualitative data collection and/or systematic literature searching
• knowledge and skills required for qualitative or quantitative data analysis, and/or data synthesis
This is a valuable, exciting learning and development opportunity that will enhance your employability and future career opportunities as a contemporary autonomous professional.

More information

Modules

Module information is indicative and is reviewed annually therefore may be subject to change. Applicants will be informed if there are any changes.

AA0709 -

Assessment & Decision Making for Non-surgical Cosmetic Interventions (Core,20 Credits)

The module focuses on three key elements:
• Evidence based analysis of intrinsic and extrinsic factors that affect skin health and ageing processes, how to optimise skin health and prevent premature ageing in clients
• Evaluation of the core elements that constitute safe, ethical and person centred aesthetic practice to inform your own practice
• How to undertake client assessment processes informed by appropriate legal, ethical and professional frameworks and guidance, and articulate and document your evidence based decision making for any cosmetic or aesthetic interventions you provide or refuse

The module introduces you to the existing evidence base which informs your practice; enables you to understand and critique the evidence and apply it to your own practice. You will learn how to; find and critique evidence directly related to the module using online library and skills plus services, develop your writing, referencing and presentation skills at postgraduate level enabling you to build upon and further develop your current academic skills. The module develops your ability to understand how to undertake an holistic assessment of the client, based upon current legal, ethical and professional guidance and advise the client on possible preventative and treatment options including the risks and benefits. This will require you to articulate and document evidence based defensible decision making related to aesthetic practice. It also helps you to evaluate your own practice setting in terms of what constitutes safe and ethical aesthetic practice.

More information

AA0710 -

Administration of Botulinum Toxin and Non-permanent Dermal Fillers (Core,40 Credits)

The module focuses on the clinical skills to effectively assess patients need, discuss possible treatment options and provide a package of non-surgical cosmetic/aesthetic treatment using botulinum toxin and/or non-permanent dermal fillers which addresses need, safety and satisfaction. The focus is on routine facial treatments. You will learn about facial anatomical structures, pharmacology, actions, contraindications and rheology of toxins and fillers, patient assessment, consultations and injecting procedures, and procedures for managing complications and emergencies. This will be underpinned by application of the knowledge, gained in the previous module, enabling you to demonstrate ethical practice and defensible decision making to achieve patient safety and satisfaction in non- surgical cosmetic and aesthetic practice.

More information

AA0711 -

Setting up, managing and growing a health related small business (Core,20 Credits)

This module will enable you to gain the knowledge and skills necessary to plan, establish and manage or further improve a commercial aesthetic or other health related business. The module will support you to gain or further develop the entrepreneurial and business knowledge, skills and attributes required to exploit your individual practice specific knowledge and competence in a health related business which is customer focussed and provides high quality services reflecting current national standards and guidance.
Content will include the processes involved in business start-up: writing a business plan, legal and regulatory aspects of business operation, competitor analysis, financial planning, risk assessment and management, marketing, business analysis and resource planning, preparing appropriate systems and records to ensure compliance and good governance of the enterprise.

More information

AA0712 -

Research Methods and Approaches (Core,20 Credits)

The module introduces you to the knowledge and skills needed to recognise and undertake high quality, ethical research. The content will cover research philosophy, methodology and the different methods associated with a range of research traditions. You will explore the value of research evidence in informing professional practice and be able to apply the principles of research to critically appraise the quality of research. You will develop specific skills in writing a research proposal.

On this module you will develop your knowledge base and understanding of:
• Research philosophy & corresponding methodological approaches including qualitative and quantitative approaches Research ethics and governance
• Research methods
• Data collection and analysis
• Developing a research proposal

More information

AA0717 -

Supervisor and Assessor Preparation in Clinical Practice (Core,20 Credits)

During this module you will develop your knowledge, skills and expertise in supervising and assessing individuals and groups of both patients and other learners in a classroom environment and a clinical practice environment. This will include critical evaluation of key theoretical concepts underpinning learning, supervising and assessment. Building on and deepening prior learning you will further develop a more critical understanding of how patient education in clinical practice can influence ill health prevention and the holistic health and wellbeing of the individual. This will include a critical analysis of the barriers and enablers to your practice role in helping patients learn and change their behaviour. You will also explore models of education in theory and practice contexts and you will practice the delivery of teaching and learning to other individual learners and groups of learners working in clinical practice. Building on prior learning you will critically explore how assessment influences learning and critique the learning challenges of different types of supervision and assessment; including the practice supervision and assessment of competency.

More information

AA0718 -

Empirical Project (Optional,60 Credits)

On this Empirical Project dissertation module you will be encouraged to critically explore a range of approaches to research however emphasis will be placed on your understanding of the world view, design and meaning system that will drive your own research study. It is assumed that prior to the undertaking of this dissertation module you will have undertaken study that prepares you for engagement with a Masters dissertation process and that you will have constructed a robust research proposal that has gained or is in the process of gaining ethical approval from both the University and (if applicable) your employing organisation. In the module you will revisit and deepen your understandings of a range of key topic areas linked to the empirical research process, this will include discussion of world views and research paradigms, the research question, aim or hypothesis, research design, working with literature and theory, developing ethical codes, constructing the research sample, collecting robust research evidence, ensuring quality assurance within your research work, analysing both qualitative and quantitative evidence and writing and disseminating the research dissertation work. You will be invited to attend a series of research seminars during the module and you will have access to a named supervisor for one to one supervision work. Both the seminars and supervision will encourage you to apply the key areas of learning within this module to your own professional context and field of expertise. This will enable you to critically examine how the empirical research process will work best for your research goals and design.

More information

AA0719 -

Systematic Appraisal (Optional,60 Credits)

This research rich module will enable you to bring together the knowledge, understanding and skills that you have accrued from other modules on your programme. You will be invited to identify a topic with which you are familiar, and in which you believe there may be scope for development or change. Through technology enriched learning you will learn about your role as a researcher and how you can make effective and systematic use of published research to inform your area of practice and/or policy. Through the process of a systematic appraisal (a small-scale systematic review) of evidence based published research you will develop enhanced critical appraisal skills, including skills of analysis and synthesis. Your systematic appraisal will address research questions which arise from your specific practice/field of expertise. For example, these questions might address:
• effectiveness of single/definable interventions in order to state and recommend best practice/provide evidence based guidelines for practice
• evaluation of appropriateness/acceptability/process/outcomes of complex human services in order to improve/develop/inform practice
• the service user experience of services
• relationships between practitioners and service users
• theoretical and ideological issues of relevance to practice and/or policy
The published work you include in the systematic appraisal may be either entirely quantitative, entirely qualitative or mixed methods. You will critically examine the philosophical perspective of both the research question and the systematic appraisal methodology. You will work within the appropriate research governance and ethical guidelines for your professional discipline.

More information

AA0720 -

Publication Focused Research Project (Optional,60 Credits)

In this module you will develop the necessary skills to plan, develop, implement, and critique of a research project relevant to professional practice. Furthermore, you will have the opportunity to plan for dissemination of your research to a wider audience via conference presentation or publication.
With support from your academic supervisor you will undertake your own research project; this may involve primary data collection, analysis of existing data, or a synthesis of the literature on a specific topic.
More specifically, depending on your choice of methodology you will develop:
• project management skills including time management skills
• knowledge and skills required for quantitative or qualitative data collection and/or systematic literature searching
• knowledge and skills required for qualitative or quantitative data analysis, and/or data synthesis
This is a valuable, exciting learning and development opportunity that will enhance your employability and future career opportunities as a contemporary autonomous professional.

More information

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