Certificate in Cosmetic Medicine with Assessment of Aesthetic Injectable Practice

The online Certificate in Cosmetic Medicine with Assessment of Aesthetic Injectable Practice combines a Postgraduate Certificate in Cosmetic and Aesthetic Medicine (awarded by University of South Wales, 60 credits) and an Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE).Course Code: QPDP023

Programme Information

Welsh Aesthetics and Cosmetic Society

Diploma MSc is a collaborative partner of the University of South Wales. On successful completion of this programme, you will receive a University of South Wales Postgraduate Certificate in Cosmetic and Aesthetic Medicine, and a Diploma MSc Certificate in Cosmetic Medicine with Assessment of Aesthetic Injectable Practice.

This combined programme has been specifically designed for doctors, dentists, dental therapists, pharmacists and nurses and has been developed with the express purpose of promoting and enhancing the professional knowledge underpinning practice in cosmetic and aesthetic medicine and to test injectables practice.

This programme conforms to the JCCP/CPSA Joint Code of Practice and is designed to complement Recognised Prior Learning (RPL) awards. Further, graduates of this Certificate will have the opportunity to enhance their postgraduate certificate with progression (through the Recognised Prior Learning process) to a Postgraduate Diploma or Master of Science award.

Diploma MSc is a JCCP Approved Provider of Education and Training. This Certificate is a JCCP Approved Qualification and has been developed specifically for evidencing the entry requirements to the JCCP Practitioner Register.

Course Structure

Our online Cosmetic Medicine Postgraduate Certificate allows you to study is a part-time, distance-learning programme. The programme is worth 60 credits and comprises 3 modules of 20 credits, each running over a period of six weeks.

Aim of the module:
  • The aim of the module is to address the life sciences underpinning cosmetic medicine and the professional and ethical issues that arise in practice.
Synopsis of module content:
  • Anatomy of the face – the skin, muscles, fat pads, blood vessels, nerves and bones within the face.
  • Physiology and physiological changes relating to these structures.
  • Facial structure functions and their relation to ageing.
  • Facial assessments and treatment plans.
  • Ethics for treating patients for financial gain (treatment dependent).
On completion of this module, students will be able to:
  1. Critically apply in-depth anatomical and physiological knowledge of the face to the selection of appropriate cosmetic medical treatments.
  2. Exercise judgment in decision-making, negotiating the complex interacting professional and ethical issues surrounding aesthetic medicine practice.
Aim of the module:
  • To provide an in-depth exploration of botulinum toxin as a dominant mode of cosmetic facial muscle treatment; from an examination of the historical context to the complexities of current day therapeutic practice.
Synopsis of module content:
  • Botulinum and botulism history.
  • Botulinum toxin pharmaceutical history and licenses.
  • Clostridia as bacteria.
  • Indications for use, common complications and their treatment.
  • Patient selection, injection techniques, indications, safety, adverse effects and combination treatments.
On completion of this module the student should be able to:
  1. Critically apply the pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics of botulinum use in cosmetic and medical treatment.
  2. Critically appraise the use of botulinum toxin in aesthetic treatments.
Aim of the module:
  • To critically examine a variety of treatments aimed at addressing the aging process, taking into account the evidence base, patient expectations and issues, and short- and long- term effects.
Synopsis of module content:
  • Anatomy of facial fat pads and physiological effects of aging.
  • Dermal fillers.
  • Hyaluronic Acids (HA), different manufacturers, cross linking (BDDE), length of fibre, duration of effect, fibroblasts (HA production, hyaluronidase).
  • Indications for HAs, complications associated with the administration of HAs and the treatment of complications.
  • Avoiding complications.
  • Managing patient expectations.
  • Non HA fillers – permanent/temporary, synthetic/autologous.
  • Dermal fillers for specific regions – lips, hands.
On completion of this module the student should be able to:
  1. Critically analyse the evidence base for the augmentation of facial fat pads with dermal fillers.
  2. Critically evaluate the use of dermal fillers in aesthetic treatments.
Aim of the module:
  • This module is designed for those aesthetic practitioners having successfully completed at least the first 3 modules (PgCert) of the Cosmetic Medicine course (as detailed above), who then wish to have their practical skills assessed facilitating registration with the JCCP. The module assesses clinical competence through review of prior treatments and observed procedures followed by an Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE).
Educational Aims:
  • To apply legal, professional and ethical principles to safe and effective aesthetic injectable treatments.
  • To incorporate evidence-based strategies in a variety of aesthetic injectable treatments.
  • To demonstrate safe and effective clinical examination and aesthetic injectable treatments.
Module Structure

This module has been structured to allow for observational and hands-on training in the administration of botulinum toxin and dermal fillers applicable to non-surgical cosmetic practice. The module structure is adaptable to both experienced and inexperienced injectors, consisting of an e-learning platform and practical support and supervision.

The clinical practice module is aligned to meet legal, professional and industry clinical standards and advocates adherence to all CPSA and JCCP standards.

Students are required to demonstrate competence in the safe and effective administration of injection techniques in aesthetic procedures, specifically toxins and fillers. Clinical practice will include submission of a record of:

  • A minimum of 10 observations of botulinum toxin treatments
  • A minimum of 10 observations of facial filler treatments.
  • A minimum of 10 supervised botulinum toxins treatment.
  • A minimum of 10 supervised facial filler treatments.
On completion of this module the student should be able to:
  1. Demonstrate competence and proficiency in medical/health consultation and anatomical facial assessment.
  2. Demonstrate competence and proficiency in clinical diagnosis, treatment planning and consent for aesthetic injectable treatments.
  3. Demonstrate competence and proficiency in the treatment application, management and evaluation of aesthetic injectable treatments.

Entry Requirements

Applicants will be expected to meet the below criteria:

  • Applicants will typically hold a first degree or equivalent (including international qualifications) in a relevant professional healthcare field, such as a medical or nursing degree. Registered healthcare professionals without these recognised qualifications will be considered on an individual basis and a wide range of prior experience may be taken into account.
  • Only students who have successfully passed the 3 modules of the PgCert (or equivalent RPL) will be able to sit the Clinical Practice Module.
  • All students must have adequate indemnification for aesthetic procedures from an insurer.
  • All students must be registered with a healthcare licensing body , which body considers aesthetic injectable treatments within that profession’s clinical competence.
  • All students must have prescriber status or must be accompanied by a prescriber in the OSCE.

Applicants should submit copies of the following with their application:

  • Course certificates.
  • One written reference.
  • English language qualification (IELTS 6 or equivalent eg. English GCSE, C grade or above).
  • Indemnity insurance certificate.

Applicants without the above academic criteria but relevant/suitable experience can apply.

Applications will be judged on the individual specifics of background and qualifications including ability to work at Postgraduate level (applicants may be asked to submit a piece of work for assessment to confirm that they are able to work comfortably at Postgraduate level and demonstrate requisite clinical/professional knowledge).

Teaching Methods

You will be supported throughout your studies by a committed team of internationally recognised educational experts. Find out more about our world-class tutors on the Cosmetic Medicine Team page.

Each module has the same format. Using an online platform and one tutor per 10-15 students, the self-directed distance learning is guided by tutor stimulated discussion based on rich case scenarios. Group projects are undertaken alongside independent projects. Reflective practice is recorded in a reflective journal to help students consider how the learning can be translated into everyday work and practice.

Orientation and Study Skills Week (online)
Once you have secured your place on the course you will be invited to participate in our Orientation and Study Skills week, held in the week preceding the start of the course. This will prepare you for your course and take you through how to navigate the learning platform, course format and teaching methods, the assessments for each module, research skills and good academic practice.

Supervised clinical training and practice is undertaken by experienced tutors in non-surgical cosmetic medicine. Clinical practice training can be made available to both inexperienced injectors and experienced injectors. This includes:

  • Access to the Induction Lecture (online e-learning platform).
  • Access to e-learning observations of botulinum toxin and dermal filler administration.
  • Access to online forum discussion platform with students, tutors, supervisors and assessors.
  • Access to self-directed learning resources.
  • Access to case scenarios involving injection techniques for both botulinum toxin and facial fillers.
Total Course Fees for UK & International Students for February 2021: £4,450
Total Course Fees for UK & International
Students for February 2021:

Application deadline - February 5th 2021

Fee payments may be made via the following options:

Date Instalments Up-Front Payments
Deposit payable
on acceptance
£650 £2,450
1st May 2021 £600
1st Jul 2021 £600
1st Sept 2021 £600
Payable upon commencement of
clinical practice module
£2,000 £2,000

Deposits are non-refundable

Extended Application Deadline