Postgraduate Certificate in Cosmetic Medicine

There has been a dramatic growth in the popularity of cosmetic procedures worldwide in recent years, including botulinum toxin injections, dermal fillers, laser treatment and more. This Postgraduate Certificate in Cosmetic Medicine has been specifically designed for doctors, dentists, dental therapists, pharmacists and nurses who wish to improve their knowledge, skills and experience in cosmetic and aesthetic medicine.

Next intake: 2022 MarchKey Facts

Awarding University
University of South Wales
Commitment
20 hours a week
Class Size
15 - 20
Application Deadline
14th February 2022
Course start date
Format
100% Online
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The Postgraduate Certificate in Cosmetic Medicine has been specifically designed to promote and enhance working professionals’ knowledge and ultimately their practice in cosmetic medicine, and complements separate, practice-based recognised prior learning (RPL) awards.

UK legislation is predicted to change in the near future, requiring cosmetic practitioners to be registered in order to practice, and the Joint Council for Cosmetic Practitioners (the JCCP) is at the forefront of this initiative, setting standards and competency frameworks for the industry in collaboration with the Cosmetic Practice Standards Authority (the CPSA). This online cosmetics course aligns with these standards and is an entry point to our Observed Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE) in Aesthetic Injectable Practice. For more information about the OSCE, please visit our Certificate in Cosmetic Medicine with Assessment of Aesthetic Injectable Practice page.

On completion of the aesthetician course you will be able to:

  • Make professional decisions, incorporating evidence based rationale in a variety of diverse and complex situations related to cosmetic medicine.
  • Apply advanced problem-solving skills in clinical practice.
  • Demonstrate leadership in the delivery and advancement of cosmetic medicine.
  • Demonstrate leadership of teams in multi-agency, multi-cultural and/or international contexts.
  • Demonstrate evaluation skills in the delivery of care to patients.


Qualification:

Next intake: 2022 March Key Facts

Awarding University
University of South Wales
Commitment
20 hours a week
Duration
6 months
Class Size
15 - 20
Application Deadline
14th February 2022
Course start date
Format
100% Online

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Who is this course for?

The Postgraduate Certificate in Cosmetic Medicine is aimed at doctors, dentists, dental therapists, pharmacists and nurses whose roles are evolving with increasing demand amongst these specialists for a postgraduate qualification to help support their professional learning and clinical development.

How Will I Learn?

You will be supported throughout your studies by a committed team of internationally recognised educational experts including a team of over 40 world-class tutors.

Our courses are conducted entirely online through self-directed distance learning. You’ll receive guidance throughout your course with tutor-stimulated academic discussions, which are based on clinically-rich case scenarios.

These usually occur within groups of 10-20 students, allowing you to clearly communicate with both your tutor and fellow students.

Curriculum

Our online Cosmetic Medicine Postgraduate Certificate allows you to study for just six months and is a part-time, distance-learning course. The course is worth 60 credits and comprises three 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).
  • This module includes mandatory formative assessment activities, to support students learning and development prior to summative assessment tasks.

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. Critically analyse the professional and ethical issues surrounding aesthetic medicine.

Aim of the module:
Address botulism as a disease and the pharmacology of botulinum toxins and treatments.

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:
Teach candidates about facial fillers, volume loss, facial fat pads and how treatment of a volume depleted face can have an impact on the aging face.

Synopsis of module content:

  • Anatomy of facial fat pads and physiological effects of ageing.
  • 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.

Assessment Methods

The Cosmetic Medicine online course places assessments at the heart of the learning process through the employment of real life scenarios to enhance problem-solving, critical analysis and evidence-based practice. Since the scenarios act as a focus for learning and assessment, the two are intrinsically linked.

The three modules on the course have the same assessment format and for all modules, you will be assigned a dedicated expert tutor. Your tutor will then facilitate case discussions with the group, whilst monitoring, assessing and marking your work throughout. You will also participate in a combination of module activities that may be group and/or individual based, dependent on the module.

These innovative teaching methods enable you to envisage the translation of your studies into your every day work and practice. Due to the online nature of the course, you will be expected to regularly login and participate in the course - ideally on a daily basis. Students are recommended to spend around two hours per day on their studies. Our dedicated Student Support Team are also available to help with any problems you may face. From navigating our online platform to advising you on deadlines, our team can assist with any questions or challenges you may have along the way.

  • Every week students are presented with two/three clinical case-based scenarios that are reflective of every day clinical practice and research.
  • Your tutor will post a number of questions and prompts to aid students in a formal discussion of each case.
  • These discussions are facilitated throughout by your tutor and are then assessed at the end of every module.

The reflective journal is used by students throughout each module to monitor personal progress. This is guided by weekly feedback from your tutor and is graded at the end of every module. The journal typically includes the following:

  • Initial expectations and reasons for taking the course.
  • Module and/or personal learning objectives.
  • Description of events, issues and learning points within current personal practice.
  • Change in every day practice due to knowledge gained on each module.
  • A description of what has been learned during the module.

For this assessment, students will work on a group assignment and/or an individual assignment.

  • Group assignments are designed to hone skills in the multidisciplinary, holistic approach to modern treatments and patient management by requiring group participation in a single piece of work.
  • Individual assignments are designed to hone skills in academic career progression through such tasks as reviewing papers, developing scientific posters or abstracts, peer-reviewing, social media activities, patient information leaflets, and essays.
  • Students are provided with case-based problems in the form of a one-hour timed examination.
  • The exam consists of 30 'Single Best Answer' questions.
  • Students are required to complete the exam online within the set time.

Entry requirements

Since our courses are conducted entirely online, they are accessible to both UK and international registered healthcare professionals.

Applicants will typically hold a first degree or equivalent (including international qualifications) in a relevant professional healthcare or management field.

Registered healthcare professionals working in the healthcare field, without these recognised qualifications will be considered on an individual basis and a wide range of prior experience may be taken into account. In some cases, applicants may be asked to submit a piece of work for assessment in order to confirm that they are able to work comfortably at postgraduate level, and demonstrate the requisite clinical and professional knowledge.

Documents Required

  • A copy of your certificate showing that you have undertaken a training course in cosmetic procedures.
  • A copy of your portfolio with 10 before/after pictures or a detailed statement explaining 10 procedures that you have undertaken in the last 12 months.
  • A copy of your indemnification (insurance) certificate for cosmetic procedures.
  • A copy of your updated CV including your address and date of birth.
  • A copy of your undergraduate degree certificate.
  • The name and email address of someone who is able to provide a reference, this can be a work colleague, employer or former tutor.
  • A detailed personal statement explaining why you would like to undertake the course.
  • A copy of your proof of English competency (see below).
  • Evidence that you have undertaken a training course in cosmetic procedures.
  • A portfolio with 10 before/after pictures or detailed statement explaining 10 procedures you have undertaken in the last 12 months.

English Language Requirements
Proficiency in the English language is also essential to completing our courses. If English is NOT your first language, we ask for proof of competency during the application process. We are able to accept an IELTS overall score of 6.0 (with a minimum of 5.5 for each band) or an equivalent qualification.

If you do not meet these requirements, please don’t worry. The University of South Wales run a number of English Language Programmes at the Centre for International English to prepare you for your academic studies. You can also contact our admissions team on [email protected] for more information on the qualifications we accept.

Course Fees

Total Course Fees for UK & International Students for March 2022:
£2,250
Application deadline - 14th February 2022

Fee payments may be made via the following options:

AmountSeptember IntakeMarch Intake
£750Deposit payable on acceptance†Deposit payable on acceptance†
£7501st May 20221st July 2022
£7501st November 20221st January 2023

† Deposits are non-refundable

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