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Introduction to Aesthetic Therapies

Introduction to Aesthetic Therapies

London College of Fashion
Taught by
Yvonne Mills


This aesthetic therapist course has been developed in collaboration with The Harley Street Skin Clinic with the aim of developing knowledgeable Aesthetic Therapists ready to meet the growing demand from the industry nationwide. This partnership ensures the course content is tailored towards the aesthetic industry's requirements, whilst offering you the opportunity to visit clinics or theatres and see first hand the doctors at work.

Throughout the course industry experts will give workshops on topics such as radio frequency, micro-needling, dermabrasion, IPL, chemical peels, cosmetic science and cryolipolysis. Please note, treatment techniques are subject to change. (Please see course information pack for details.)

The course will include the equivalent of one full day working in all areas of a skin clinic, including shadowing nurses, receptionists, consultants and other aestheticians. There will also be a second day observing invasive treatments.

Course Outcomes:

The course aims to produce aesthetic practitioners with advanced treatment skills based on strong understanding of the underlying science, together with consultation and communication skills specific to the aesthetic industry.

This course is aimed at practising beauty therapists who wish to make the transition to aesthetic therapist. Upon completion of the programme, you could be an ideal candidate to fill one of the many aesthetic therapist vacancies.

Please download the course information pack for more details.

Course structure:

The programme fully prepares you for the medical aesthetics industry by combining essential knowledge of human anatomy, physiology and skin biology with explanations of the latest treatments and procedures used in the industry today.

The course includes (subject to change in accordance with industry availability):

  • Anatomy and Physiology (Scalp and face)
  • Botulin Toxin theory
  • Chemical peeling (theory and practical product knowledge and application)
  • Core of knowledge (Lasers and Intense Pulsed Light: IPL)
  • Cosmeceuticals theory
  • Cosmetic science
  • Dermal filler theory
  • Fizpatrick scale skin photo typing
  • Health, safety & hygiene (best practice)
  • Intense Pulse Light (Introduction to IPL theory and practical treatment)
  • Iontophoresis (Introduction to theory and practical product knowledge and application- Field &roller)
  • Legislation and standards (best practice)
  • Medical Micro-needling theory
  • Microdermabrasion, LED & Oxygen Infusion
  • Mineral make up (theory and practical treatment)
  • Patient consultation and aftercare
  • Physiology (Ageing)
  • Physiology (Dermatology)
  • Physiology (Hormones)
  • Physiology (Wound Healing)
  • Radio Frequency* ( Introduction to theory and practical treatment, mono/multi//octipolar)
  • Skin pigmentation (theory and practical treatment)
  • Sonophoresies (Introduction to theory and practical product knowledge and application )

This course does not instruct or licence you to perform injectable treatments but gives you the opportunity to explore the theory and safety practices associated with injectable treatments such as botulinum toxin (Botox®) and dermal fillers, and how to safely assist a doctor in performing injectable aesthetic procedures.

Find out more about becoming an Aesthetic Therapist on our blog ‘How to become an Aesthetic Therapist’

Watch course tutor Yvonne Mills administer an Oxygen facial in this video from the Befast Telegraph:


Feedback from students:

“I learned the importance of chemical skin peels, anatomy and physiology on an advanced level. The course has helped my career - I am now working in a medical grade clinic. I recommend this course to anyone who wishes to pursue their career in the world of Aesthetics, and has a passion for advanced skincare and wants to make a difference.” - Shirin, UK

Assessment & certificate: 

Assessments will be completed at the end of the course which includes a final examination. On completion of the course you will be awarded a grade based on the results of both assessments, and a Certificate of Achievement by London College of Fashion.

course information pack

Introduction to Aesthetic Therapies is a CIBTAC Endorsed Training Course. All students will receive a complimentary CIBTAC badge and certificate.

Accredited by Cosmetic Insure.

The Introduction to Aesthetic Therapies course Accreditation by Cosmetic Insure will allow the AT students, once qualified, access to aesthetic specific individual or clinic insurance.

Cosmetic Insure members receive access to a range of free guidance covering topics such as risk management advice, handling complaints as well as receive discounts and offers on selected training courses.


Aimed at beauty therapists qualified to NVQ Level 3 in beauty therapy or equivalent, plus a GCSE pass at Grade C or above in a science subject. Any experience with aesthetic or cosmetic treatments is advantageous. The course is delivered in English. If your first language is not English should have an English language score equivalent to I.E.L.T.S 6.0 or above. We will require your CV and one reference (academic or job reference) plus proof of your qualifications.  

Please note: This course is for students aged 18 and older.

What support material will I receive?: 

  • Extensive post-course reference information
  • Copies of leaflets, literature, medical history, consent and treatment sample forms to take away


Please complete and submit the application form. We will then contact you within 10 working days, to confirm your place. Please then proceed to payment via the 'add to basket' link below.

Payment plans

Early booking will allow you to spread the cost of our Introduction to Aesthetic Therapies course. Pay a 25% deposit (non-refundable) of total course fee followed by monthly repayments. To find out more or get your payment plan set up please call: +44 20 7514 7552

Tutor Description

Yvonne Mills is now in her fourth year as LCF short courses: Aesthetic Therapist Course Leader, and has taught for twenty years across Further and Higher Education levels - running the Foundation Degree Science in Beauty and Spa Management at LCF for ten years before moving into the Aesthetics sector. Yvonne has worked as a therapist in the beauty industry in well known salons and spas including Regis Europe based in Selfridges, Essanelle based in Debenhams, and Holmes Place, Notting Hill. In addition she has obtained management experience running a successful beauty salon based in Kensington as well as delivering one-day beauty courses around the country as an educator/consultant for Training Solutions. She practices as an aesthetic therapist at a popular and well-established London clinic owned by Dr Preema, where her specialism focuses on devising signature treatments that incorporate the use of medical grade body contouring treatments, and cosmetic facial peels utilising the IS Clinical range. In October 2009 Yvonne was awarded a Centre for Learning and Teaching grant in conjunction with the Higher Education Academy to establish ways of encouraging and motivating Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) students to aim higher. The Project that evolved out of this award helped to encourage BME FdSc Beauty Alumina to return to the university to share their experiences in Higher Education or Industry with the current cohort as a means of student enrichment activities. Her main focus now lies within the Aesthetic Therapy field, and she continues to support the diverse range of students that apply to the very successful Aesthetic Therapist course.


In order to fully participate in the practical exercises please bring the following materials/equipment to the first class: 

  • Please bring a beauty therapy uniform/ tunic if you have one. If you do not have one you will need to purchase one, available from Inline (required for all practical sessions)
  • Flat black professional shoes (required for all practical sessions)
  • Smart black trousers
  • General stationery

Available dates

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