Year 1 is planned to help you to make the transition from school to university study successfully. A unit is included to assist you in developing the skills you will need to become an independent learner. There will be units in the core sciences that will prepare you for the specific demands of understanding cosmetic science. In Block 2 you will begin formulating a variety of cosmetic products and even get the chance to develop your own.
All year 1 students take the ‘Better Lives’ unit which allows you to explore diversity, social responsibility and sustainability, all themes which are increasingly important in contemporary society.
- Introduction to Cosmetic Science
- Applied Chemistry
- Applied Biology
- Colloidal Science
- Formulation Science
- Better Lives
Year 2 continues with the core disciplines, but also focusses on the creation of specific products for care of the skin and hair, and also in perfumery and decorative cosmetics. In addition to formulating many different products, you will learn how to test and evaluate them for both efficacy and stability.
This year will also introduce you to the important subject of product safety and the relevant legislation governing the formulation and sale of safe, legally compliant cosmetics. Additionally, you will discuss packaging and its role in protecting cosmetic products and enhancing sales.
- Skincare and Colour Cosmetics
- Product Evaluation
- Product Safety, Quality and Legislation
- Product Packaging and Stability
The optional Diploma in Professional Studies carries 120 credits, and constitutes an independent award. Credits achieved on the Diploma are not part of the final degree award.
The Diploma year is a single unit, undertaken as a form of full time study, with placement activity at its core. For those who take up the option of studying the Diploma, the experience is designed to be an integrated and assessed part of a student’s journey through the course. It allows students the opportunity to experience the atmosphere, pace and discipline of working in the industry, through total involvement in the day-to-day activities of a company. It will build on the knowledge gathered through course work to practically demonstrate the roles and functions, and operations typical of the fashion industry and the student’s chosen specialism.
The Diploma is undertaken after successful completion of stage 2 of the course. Placements may be in the United Kingdom or abroad and may be in a range of relevant roles within the industry depending on your area of interest. Graduate Futures offer a comprehensive programme, including workshops and tutorials, which prepares students for the application process and interviews. Both Graduate Futures and the academic team support students throughout the placement year.
Year 3 of the course is more dedicated to the business aspects of the industry, providing you with an understanding of how all aspects of product development and production come together in the finished project – the manufacturing, packaging, efficacy testing and marketing of products will be considered. You will also continue to develop your formulation skills. Block 2 will culminate in a product launch project, which will allow you to follow the stages required to take a new product from idea to sale.
- Applied Product Formulation
- Production and Distribution Management
- Strategic Marketing
- Cosmetic Product Claims
- Product Launch Project
The final year of your course brings together all the topics that you have covered during your time at the College. The Advanced Cosmetic Science unit gives an overview of current trends in cosmetic science and the industry. The main focus of your studies, however, will be your MSc project. Choosing from a list of available topics, with the option to suggest your own, you will begin by creating a Project Proposal which will form the basis of your project report (laboratory-based projects) or dissertation (theoretical, literature-based projects). All topics are expected to address issues of practical or theoretical importance for the cosmetics industry.
- MSc Project Proposal
- Advanced Cosmetic Science
- MSc Project for Cosmetic Science