Specialised courses for a growing industry

Access aesthetics courses are a group of courses specifically structured for the aesthetics sector.

Why access aesthetics?

Today there is a pronounced divide between the traditional beauty sector and the aesthetics sector. People wishing to enter aesthetics often do not want to study traditional beauty therapy. We define traditional beauty as makeup, nails, waxing, massage, tanning, lashes, and brows. Apart from the differentiation of treatments offered, aesthetics also requires an understanding of the human body and industry at a level not covered in traditional beauty school courses.

Our range of access aesthetics courses provides an entry point into the aesthetics sector. Start your career on the right educational pathway that provides the practical skills, instils the knowledge to practice ethically and efficiently in this high growth industry.

What skills will I learn?

All our access aesthetics courses are structured to instal all the practical and theoretical skills required for safe practice. Including but not limited to; bedside manner, professionalism, law, ethics, clinical governance, facial cleansing, communication, consultation, product knowledge, skin analysis, topical skin therapy. We provide all the practical skills that are fundamental to professional clinicians.

What is the Aesthetic Practice Core of Knowledge?

This module is a group of subjects that provide a knowledge framework to practice in the aesthetic industry. The learner will develop a robust understanding of the human body, including anatomy, systems of the body, structure and function of skin and hair. Develop an understanding of the principals of ageing, intrinsic and extrinsic. Understand infection control, wound healing, pigment disorders, skin conditions such as acne, rosacea, and psoriasis. Develop the skills for skin analysis and advanced facial anatomy facilitating the knowledge required to formulate complex treatment protocols. Below you will find a brief overview of the subjects covered in the Aesthetic Practice Core of Knowledge.

  • Structure and function of the human body
    • This subject introduces learners to the structure and function of the human body, including an overall introduction of the major body systems. The fundamentals of biochemistry that govern how body components, the structure and function of the communication systems such as the nervous system, the musculoskeletal system, endocrine system and the immune system and provides an overview of the reproductive system. We consider the maintenance of body homeostasis through an understanding of the cardiovascular, respiratory and renal systems. Venturing through the electrical and mechanical functions of the heart, its interaction with the blood vessels, the hormones and the autonomic nervous system that control heart function. Learners will understand the role of the renal system in the control of the chemical composition of the body, water balance and body fluid volume, and an overview of the respiratory and gastrointestinal system control of homeostasis.
  • Structure and function of the integumentary system
    • In this module, learners are introduced to the complexity of the integumentary system, the skin and related appendages including nails, hair, glands, and proteins and the variety of mechanical, thermal and environmental impacts that affect the ageing process and general health and functioning of the skin
  • Diseases and disorders of the skin
    • This subject examines in detail the diagnosis, prognosis and treatment protocols of dermatological conditions following inflammatory processes. Learners are introduced to the fundamentals of infection and pathology before studying some of the more common dermatological conditions and diseases such as acne, rosacea, eczema and psoriasis.
  • Physiology of ageing
    • This subject builds on the knowledge gained in the Body Structure and Function modules and advances the learners understandings of the impact of disease and the ways alterations in homeostatic mechanisms disrupt the normative functioning of the human body. The subject concentrates on central concepts of pathophysiology such as how cells and tissues respond to pathogenic challenges, the principles behind genetic disorders and alterations in immunity and inflammation and how these affect the various systems in the body.
  • Cosmetic chemistry
    • This module examines the theories and practices connected with the cosmeceutical ingredients used in aesthetic practice learners examine evidence-base through cosmetic science. The overreaching principal of this subject is to build the knowledge required to cut through the ‘hype’ so often surrounding cosmeceutical products. We examine core ingredients that have an evidence base. With all the hype that surrounds cosmeceutical products, it is essential that clinicians can distinguish between evidence-based claims, theoretical benefit, and those of no benefit at all.
  • Health and nutrition in aesthetic practice
    • Learners will investigate the importance of correct dietary intake to maintain optimal skin and body health. Learners will focus on how bodily functions are directly related to biochemical interactions and nutrition. Also, this subject will cover the nutritional requirements of the body, nutritional make-up of the modern diet/foods and clinical manifestations of dietary deficiencies.
  • Psychology for aesthetic practice
    • A fundamental subject to safe and ethical practice is aesthetic psychology. Learners will explore the problems associated with social pressure, social media, and body dysmorphia conditions. We examine healthy and unhealthy drivers is patients seeking aesthetic treatment, how to identify at-risk-groups and when to refer to peers.
  • Advanced consultation for aesthetic practice
    • The learning outcome for this module is to develop the knowledge and skills of the practitioner to provide consultation for aesthetic therapies. We also introduce the SOAP method to aesthetic consultation. The module develops key consultation skills while providing an in-depth understanding of client care including the understanding the need for informed consent. Developing robust consultation skills is paramount for ensuring positive clinical outcomes, we explore why clinicians should always carry out their own consultation and the need for allowing a cooling off period before treatment.
  • Clinical governance and organisational principals of aesthetic care
    • Learners will understand the principals of operating within a framework of quality assurance, understand the need to practice within the confines of organisational protocols, the impact of not adhering to local legislative guidelines and how that can impact indemnity. We look at developments within the sector such as the JCCP, CPSA, their influences on the sector and future ramifications. Learners are introduced to occupational health and safety, data protection, GDPR, and clinical record keeping.

How are we different to a CIBTAC, CIDESCO or ITEC Beauty Specialists Course?

Our courses are entirely different from the traditional beauty course, for starters, we do not teach conventional treatments as outlined above. We concentrate on the skills and knowledge required to practice aesthetic treatments safely. Unlike traditional courses when you graduate you have the skills needed, you will notice standard beauty specialist courses do not contain Level 4 qualifications, specifically, Peels, Micro-Needling, Laser, IPL, Radio Frequency. Please don’t take us wrong, CIBTAC and CIDESCO offer excellent courses for people wishing for a general beauty education. However, they do not provide the depth of learning provided by our specialist courses centred in aesthetic therapies. Apart from the difference in taught modalities, our theory is also written explicitly for the aesthetics sector. This means from physiology to myology it is all at an advanced level while inclusive using the latest in learning materials making it easy to follow.

I have no experience in the beauty industry, are these courses suitable for me?

Yes, access aesthetics courses are an alternative to the CIDESCO, CIBTAC, or ITEC Beauty Specialist Diplomas. Offering you the same foundational education required to operate in the industry without then the need to take more courses to perform aesthetic treatments. On top of that, you enter the sector at Level 4, plus you gain a more in-depth education than provided in beauty targeted courses.

Will my qualification be recognised?

Yes, your qualification is recognised in the same countries as a CIBTAC, ITEC or CIDESCO qualifications.

Can I gain insurance after compleating your courses?

Yes, we work with Hamilton Fraser, the aesthetic industries premier insurance company. You could also arrange your insurance with many other companies.

Why should I train with you and not a beauty college?

While many beauty colleges offer quality training for the beauty sector, they struggle to provide the level of education available at ATAI. We train doctors, nurses and therapists. Medical subject matter experts write the theory content. Even though our theory content is far more in-depth than content delivered through a beauty school, it is written inclusively, meaning it is easy to follow and understand regardless of academic level. Furthermore, our theory is provided through online learning. Online learning has multiple advantages; it allows us to focus on practical skills training during college time while offering you increased flexibility. Because you class days are concentrated on skills training, it naturally means you spend more time with hands-on experience than a traditional beauty school.

Not only is our theory more in-depth but your access to medical device technology is also far superior to a beauty school. Most beauty schools only have an IPL machine; some do not even have that. We have multiple machine technologies, including Alexandrite Laser, ND: YAG Laser, Q-switched Laser, Radio Frequency, Intense Pulsed Light, LED. When you train with ATAI, you train on the medical device under clinical conditions on real live models.

Do we need to provide our models for exams and practical training?

No, we understand many colleges expect you to find your models for exams and practical training, but we do not consider this responsible best practices. Models need to be pre-screened, have an understanding they are there for education, not just treatment. Models require a full medical history discloser, and often they need patch tests for many therapies. Due to all the criteria necessary for models, we supply all models you require; after all, do you need the added stress on top of learning?

Do you offer injectables training?

While we are also a medical aesthetics training college, we can only provide injectable training to Nurses, Doctors, and Dentists. Even though the dermal filler industry is unregulated, we consider it unethical to provide injectable training to non-allied-health personnel.

What are the core differences between the Award, Certificate, and Diploma in Aesthetic Therapy?

Each course has the same foundation enabling delegates with no previous experience to enter the aesthetics sector. Completing the Award in Aesthetic Therapy, as an example would equip the learner with knowledge exceeding a Level 3 Beauty Specialists Diploma. The main difference between each course is the modalities taught and for the Diploma the inclusion of an accredited First Aid Course which is available as an elective for the Certificate and Award courses.

Welcome to ATAI, your passport into advanced skin aesthetics.