1.     About the Associate Degree of Health Science (Aesthetics)

Are you a professional working in the Beauty and Spa industry, and ready to advance your career? Are you ready to take your next step and extend your capabilities and scope of practice?

In the exciting and rapidly evolving Dermal Aesthetics industry, the pathway to a rewarding career lies in formal education, supported by ‘hand’s on’ clinical training that addresses the needs of both the individual Dermal Therapist, and the growing sector as a whole. There is a growing expectation for professionals working in the Dermal Aesthetics industry to possess a tertiary qualification, not just rely on experience. With the industry’s rapid expansion, continual introduction of new technology and increasing consumer demand, the global Aesthetics industry is driving the standard for more highly trained professionals with diverse practical skill sets and a solid foundation in health science.

Torrens University has responded and developed the Associate Degree of Health Science (Aesthetics).

This program facilitates entry to the advanced field of Dermal Aesthetics and equips graduates with the clinical application framework and theoretical knowledge required to work safely and ethically within the Dermal Aesthetics industry. It is specifically developed to enable professionals currently working within the industry, to gain a formal and recognised qualification to advance their career and employment opportunities.

Graduates will be capable of performing a range of preventative skin health and anti-ageing treatments, in addition to responding to a range of client conditions using exciting levels of dermal technology including IPL and laser modalities. The Associate Degree of Health Science (Aesthetics) allows experienced industry professionals to formalize their current skills and knowledge and build upon this to further develop and update their professional currency and capabilities.

Students will thrive in a dynamic and exciting learning environment and enjoy the opportunity to perform high demand treatment protocols, using professional products to deliver great client outcomes. With real clinic experience, our programs support practical learning outcomes delivered by the industry’s best!

Graduate employment opportunities

Graduates will be able to work in the Aesthetic, Dermal and Medi-spa environments. The roles they may undertake include (but are not limited to):

  • Dermal Therapist
  • Clinic Practice Manager
  • IPL and Laser Technician
  • Skin health promotion and education
  • Industry Blogger and Influencer
  • Business Development and Research

Course Overview

Course Title Bachelor of Health Science (Aesthetics) (ADHSAES19)
Study Options – Domestic Australian students Full-time Part-time

Dynamic Online Study, Hybrid, on campus

Study Options

International students

This course is not available to international students requiring a visa to study in


Start Dates February, June, September

For specific dates visit the website

Course Length Full Time: 2 years

Part-time: Options available

Payment Options – Domestic Australian students Upfront payment

This means tuition fees will be invoiced each trimester and payment is required on or before the due date.


FEE-HELP is Australian

Government’s loan scheme for higher education degree courses.
Further information within this Course Information Sheet
It can assist you in paying for all, or part of, your course fees.
Repayments commence via the tax system once your income rises above a minimum threshold ($54,869 in 2016-17). Just like with any other debt, a FEE-HELP debt is a real debt that impacts your credit rating.

Payment Options – International students Upfront payment

This means tuition fees will be invoiced each trimester and payment is required on or before the due date.

Course study requirements It is expected that each subject, whether studied online or on- campus, will involve a combined total of 120 hours of structured and self-directed learning, which equates to approximately 10 hours a week for subjects over 12-week trimesters. Assessment Assessments vary and include: critical analysis and essay writing, literature reviews, needs assessment, project development and evaluation, in-class debates, participation in online discussion forums, short questions, and research projects.
Locations Pyrmont campus Online Delivered by Torrens University Australia
Provider Torrens University Australia Ltd is registered as a self-accrediting Australian university by the

Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA).


Course Code

Not applicable
Provider obligations Torrens University is responsible for all aspects of the student experience, including the quality of course delivery, in compliance with the Higher Education Standards 2015 Accrediting body Torrens University Australia Limited ABN 99 154 937 005,

CRICOS Provider Code: 03389E. RTO No. 41343

Course Fees For details, refer to the website. Any other fees For details, refer to the website.

2.       Essential requirements for admission

The general admission criteria that apply to Torrens University Australia courses can be located by visiting the Torrens University Australia website.

3.       Student Profile

The table below gives an indication of the likely peer cohort for new students in this course. It provides data on students who commenced in this course in the most relevant recent intake period, including those admitted through all offer rounds and international students studying in Australia.


Applicant background

Trimester one / Full year intake


Number of


Percentage of

all students

(A) Higher education study

(includes a bridging or enabling course)

<5 NA
(B) Vocational education and training (VET) study 5 36%
(C) Work and life experience

(Admitted on the basis of previous achievement not in the other three categories)





(D) Recent secondary education:

·         Admitted solely on the basis of ATAR

(regardless of whether this includes the consideration of adjustment factors such as equity or subject bonus points)





·         Admitted where both ATAR and additional criteria were considered (e.g. portfolio, audition, extra test, early offer conditional on

minimum ATAR)





·         Admitted on the basis of other criteria only and ATAR was not a factor

(e.g. special consideration, audition alone, schools recommendation

scheme with no minimum ATAR requirement)





International students 0 0%
All students 14 100%

Notes:        “<5” – the number of students is less than 5. N/A – Students not accepted in this category.

N/P – Not published: the number is hidden to prevent calculation of numbers in cells with less than

5 students.

4.       Admission Criteria

Title of course of study Associate Degree of Health Science (Aesthetics)
Applicants with higher education study A completed higher education qualification at AQF level 5 (diploma) or above, or equivalent, from an Australian University or another accredited higher education provider


Successful completion of at least 1 EFTSL (equivalent full time student load, or one full year) of an AQF level 6 (Associate Degree) or above, or equivalent, from an Australian University or another accredited higher education provider
Applicants with vocational education and training (VET) study A completed vocational education qualification at AQF level 4 (Certificate IV) or above, or equivalent, from a registered training organisation (RTO) OR
Successful completion of at least 1 EFTSL (equivalent full time student load, or one full year) of an AQF level 5 (Diploma) or above, or equivalent, at a registered training organisation (RTO)
Applicants with work and life experience Demonstrated ability to undertake study at the required level:

•       broadly relevant work experience (documented e.g. CV), demonstrating a reasonable prospect of success; OR

•       formal, informal or non-formal study, completed or partially completed, demonstrating a reasonable prospect of success; OR

•       written submission to demonstrate reasonable prospect of success.

English Language Proficiency

(applicable to international students, and in addition to academic or special entry requirements noted above)

International Students

Equivalent IELTS 6.0 (Academic) with no skills band less than 5.5

Applicants with recent secondary education (within the past two years) with ATAR or equivalent

(for applicants who will be selected wholly or partly on the basis of ATAR)

Year 12 or equivalent

ATAR profile for those offered places wholly or partly on the basis of ATAR. (T1 2020)

(ATAR-based offers only, across all offer rounds)                                     ATAR (OP in QLD)

(Excluding adjustment factors) *

Highest rank to receive an offer                                                                                <5

Median rank to receive an offer                                                                                <5

Lowest rank to receive an offer                                                                                 <5

Notes:        “<5” – the number of students is less than 5.

Other admission options

(For applicants who will be selected on a basis other than ATAR)


Special Entry Applicants in any category whose study, work or life experiences have been impacted by disability, illness or family disruption will be given special consideration for admission. Each application will be considered on its merit, based on the evidence supplied by the applicant attesting to the circumstances of the applicant. Applicants for special entry may need to complete written or numerical tasks to assist with assessing eligibility for admission.

5.       How to apply

Via direct application to the institution

o https://apply.torrens.edu.au/

6.       Advanced standing/academic credit/recognition of prior learning (RPL)

You may be entitled to credit for prior learning, whether formal or informal. Formal learning can include previous study in higher education, vocational education, or adult and community education. Informal learning can include on the job learning or various kinds of work and life experience. Credit can reduce the amount of study needed to complete a degree.

Applicants admitted based on prior higher education study may be eligible for Advanced Standing in the form of credit and/or recognition of prior learning (RPL) under the Torrens University Australia Credit Policy .

  • Students with completed subjects may be eligible for specified credit and/or elective exemptions
  • Students who have completed a qualification at AQF level 5 (diploma) or above may be eligible for block credit (where a block credit agreement exists)
  • Students with a mix of formal study and informal and/or non-formal learning may be eligible for recognition of prior learning in addition to any credit

Credit will not be applied automatically. Applicants must apply for credit and/or RPL as early as possible prior to each study period, with applications not accepted after week 2.

For further information about credit and recognition of prior learning please see /apply-online/course-credits.

7.       Where to get further information

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8.       Additional Information

Course Structure

The Associate Degree of Health Science (Aesthetics) comprises 16 subjects (10 credit points each).

The course can be completed with full-time study in 6 trimesters (2 years, standard duration) or over 12 trimesters (4 years, part time duration). The course of study is made up of:

  • Core subjects: There are 10 core subjects (100 credit points), which provides students with a foundation in dermal
  • Specializations: There are 4 specialization subjects (40 credit points).
  • Electives: There are 2 elective subjects outlined in the course structure (20 points), however students may choose electives from other TUA undergraduate courses, that have been approved by the Program Director (pre-requisites and levels permitting).

The Course Structure can be viewed or download via the Student Hub, Course Webpage https://studenthub.torrens.edu.au/Hub

Course Rules

To graduate from this course students must satisfactorily complete subjects to the total of 160 credit points.


Subject Descriptions

CCS103 Counselling and Communication Skills

Counselling & Communication Skills encompasses counselling skills commonly needed by health professionals for effective communication. This subject comprises a practical approach to a variety of communication skills and best practice strategies including promoting change, compliance, obstacles to change, transition and self-care. Sessions facilitate the development of effective listening and responding skills, increased personal awareness and insight in order to assist the building of a professional relationship for interactions with clients, colleagues and members of the community.

FAS102 Foundations of Aesthetics

This subject introduces professional ethics of the Aesthetic professional, including the concepts, history and principles of the profession. It focuses on the professional and diverse avenues in which the Aesthetic professional works and highlights professional communication and integration with other areas of the complementary health and cosmetic sectors. This subject explores the professional career, the history of Aesthetics education, and discusses their relevance in society. It also introduces the professional associations and regulatory bodies relevant to the Aesthetics industry. This subject also addresses basic fundamentals in a practical treatment scenario including work, health and safety, organisation of the work station, client consultation, treatment planning and professional conduct when addressing client concerns.

SHB102 Structure and Function of the Human Body

This subject introduces the basic concepts and terminologies required to study and understand the structure and function of the human body. The interaction and organisation of cells, tissues and organs will form a basis to study the physiological integration of key body systems. The maintenance and regulation of the internal environment by homeostasis at a system level and by hormonal and neural influence will be key to students understanding disruption to homeostasis and disease in later subjects. Key physiological and functional processes such as movement, metabolism, oxygenation, protection, elimination and reproduction will be discussed in relation to the body systems. This subject will provide evidence based foundational knowledge in the biological sciences to guide nursing practice.

CCH104 Cosmetic Chemistry

This subject addresses the complexities of cosmetic chemistry in relation to Aesthetics and how cosmetic preparations physiologically interact with the skin. It develops theoretical knowledge relating to the chemical study of raw cosmetic materials, organic and inorganic cosmetic format, product formulation, application method and how common chemical substances interact with the skin to promote health and positive aesthetic impact. It outlines the main differences between Cosmetology and Pharmacology and analyses the relevant legislation associated with these areas of study.

BFD105 Biological Foundations

Biological Foundations explores the biological building blocks which make up the human body from the chemical level up to the cellular level. These essential chemistry concepts will assist with building relevant links to the study of human physiology in later subjects. The subject then explores the foundational studies in biochemistry which includes the structure and function of carbohydrates, proteins, enzymes, lipids, DNA and RNA. The concepts of gene expression and regulation are discussed in addition to the cellular membrane structure and transport through the membrane. The study of the biology of the human cell concludes this subject and upon completion equips students to commence study at the tissue level of structure and physiology subjects.

MAT106 Manual Aesthetic Techniques

This subject addresses the foundations and development of manual aesthetic techniques in cross disciplinary applications. In order to meet industry standards and establish competence, it addresses the importance of the theoretical concepts that underpin the physiological effects of body treatments. It develops the practical skills associated with the application of body aesthetic treatments, including relaxation massage and lymphatic drainage massage and addresses the technical knowledge surrounding client consultation and assessment, contraindications, treatment protocols and planning, post-care recommendations based on individual client characteristics and variables.

APT107 Aesthetic Practice with Technology I

This subject equips the Aesthetics professional in the introductory skills of facial treatments. It introduces the theoretical concepts that underpin the physiological effects of aesthetic facial techniques, including anatomy and physiology, skin biology & histology and aesthetic electrotherapy. It introduces the use of aesthetic devices, protocols and cosmetic preparations for preventative skin health and antiaging. It includes the knowledge and skills that underpin facial procedures which includes cleansing of the skin, skin analysis, the treatment and post care recommendations.

AET108 Aesthetic Electrotherapy I

This subject identifies and discusses the basic theoretical concepts that underpin electricity supply in the Aesthetics environment. It introduces concepts related to the physical and fundamental aspects of the electrical, mechanical, sound and thermal equipment. It explores and distinguishes the clinical use, application, benefits and discusses workplace health and safety precautions of electrical and mechanical equipment. It also compares a range of treatment scenarios using different electrical modalities that demonstrate contingency management and risk analysis within the Aesthetics.

FHN201 Foundations of Human Nutrition

This subject addresses the general concepts of human nutrition, enabling the identification of healthy dietary habits, the characteristics of a balanced diet and the nutritional deviations and diseases of dietary origin. This subject also addresses the basic impact nutrition has on the skin through direct relation to the physiological processes occurring in the Integumentary, Excretory and Digestive Systems.

BSH202 Biosafety in Health

The learning unit addresses aspects of biosafety, from the organisation of the workplace to the identification and mitigation of risks, as well as accident prevention in teaching and research laboratories, and in health services. Reduction of operational risk, cross-infection and transmission of infectious diseases. This includes infection control guidelines and prevention, sterilisation, risk management surrounding invasive procedures and skin penetration.

PCP206 Professional Clinic Practice I

This subject places the future dermal professional into the clinical work environment. It introduces the concepts that relate to effective communication and demonstrates the appropriate use of ethical and professional code of conduct. It analyses and explains treatment contraindications across a broad range of dermal treatments and how this impacts on scope of practice. It also demonstrates the integration of theoretical knowledge into the client consultation process to justify lifestyle and treatment recommendations. It requires the performance and coordination of a range of professional treatments to allow the learner to showcase professional skills and capabilities within individual treatment modalities.

CDA204 Cultural Diversity in Aesthetics

This subject explores cultural diversity as it relates to the individual, the dermal therapies industry as a whole and how it shapes the individual therapist’s approach to their professional role. It discusses lifestyle, health and the environment and their complexities. This subject addresses the relevant aspects of diversity including racial, ethnic and cultural, and how these impact health, well-being, functionality, body image and quality of life.

APT207 Aesthetics Practice with Technology II

This subject equips the dermal professional in the practical application of high demand, preventative skin health and anti-ageing procedures using electrical, electromagnetic and phototherapeutic resources. It supports the development of advanced skin health protocols, responding to a range of skin conditions using high level dermal technologies. This subject addresses the theoretical foundation and complex physical aspects that underpin the application and operation of advanced clinical devices.

HDW204 Healthcare in the Digital World

Digital competence is an essential part of employability in the health and well-being sector in the 21st Century. Health informatics is the use of computer technologies and communication systems to store, transmit or analyse health information. E-Health and information and communication technologies (ICT) are all widely used by Australian health professionals. Students in this subject will develop their own digital fluency and learn about the role of ICT in health.

The subject introduces: the current and emerging range of health care technologies and data science, the role of telehealth, m-health (health applications for mobile phones), wearable technology, social media and the internet of things. The use of health informatics, such as telemedicine in rural communities and developing countries, and managing and monitoring information technology operations, is covered. Students will also discuss the legal and ethical issues of using of these technologies in their practice as health professionals.

These developing techniques are considered in the context of inter-professional communication, and also within a global perspective. In addition, legal and ethical issues and strategies for managing privacy and security of consumer data are explored.

This subject allows students to create, and manage, an ethical and professionally appropriate online presence; and use basic multimedia elements to enhance the presentation of information.

HWEL2006 Social and Emotional Wellbeing

The subject covers the principles of social, emotional and psychological health as they relate to health behaviours. Students will analyse the role of capacity building and the promotion of wellbeing through mindfulness, positive behavioural change and resilience.

ADA303 Advanced Dermal Aesthetics Practice

This subject addresses the knowledge and skills required to design and safely apply non-ionising radiation treatments employing intense pulsed light and laser technologies. In this subject, students acquire the high level technical skills and knowledge required to make independent judgements in the consultation of clients, analysis of skin and hair characteristics, creation and assessment of intense pulsed light and hair reduction treatment plans, selection and application of the appropriate technology for a hair reduction treatment. Students also address the fundamentals of design, operational and technical management functions in a variety of contexts relevant to intense pulsed light and laser treatments.


The Associate Degree of Health Science (Aesthetics) can be studied fully online or at the below Torrens University Campus:

  • New South Wales (Sydney)

Campus Facilities and Services

All campuses are designed to provide students with professional spaces in which to learn and work. They have been planned with student study needs in mind with well-equipped accessible learning spaces as well as student breakout areas for group work and spending time with friends.

A positive student experience

Torrens University Australia values the importance of a positive student experience, and therefore has robust processes to resolve student complaints. The Student Complaints Policy, and associated procedures, can be accessed from the website .

Paying for your qualification

We offer two payment options for this course:

·         Upfront payment

If you want to complete your qualification debt-free you can choose to pay as you go. This means tuition fees will be invoiced each semester and payment is required on or before the due date using EFTPOS, credit card or direct transfer.

·         FEE-HELP

FEE-HELP is Australian Government’s loan scheme for higher education degree courses. It can assist you in paying for all, or part of, your course fees. Repayments commence via the tax system once your income rises above a minimum threshold ($45, 881 in 2019-20). Just like with any other debt,

a FEE-HELP debt is a real debt that impacts your credit rating.

Further information about FEE-HELP, including eligibility, is available at:

Austudy and Abstudy

Students enrolled in this course may be eligible for government assistance, such as Austudy or Abstudy.