Course Introduction:

Are you interested in an exciting career in Aesthetics and Dermal Practice?

Are you ready to advance your scope of practice and drive innovation in the Aesthetics Industry?

The Beauty, Spa and Aesthetics industry is estimated globally at US$3.7 trillion.  Experiencing an exciting level of robust growth and constant innovation, makes the Beauty & Aesthetics sector three times larger than the Pharmaceuticals industry (US $1trillion). With this rapid expansion, continual introduction of new technology and increasing consumer demand, the global Aesthetics industry is driving the need for more comprehensive levels of education to support the evolved role of the professional Dermal Therapist/Clinician. There is a greater need for professionals to possess more diverse practical capabilities in a clinical framework, supported by a solid theoretical foundation in health science.

Torrens University has responded and developed the Bachelor of Health Science (Aesthetics). This program aims to equip professionals with an underpinning theoretical foundation that supports the practical application of high-demand preventative skin health and anti-ageing dermal therapies. Graduates will be capable of developing and performing advanced skin health protocols, and responding to a diverse range of client conditions using high levels of dermal technology- all whilst making a positive contribution to the advancement of the Aesthetics industry.

Students will thrive in a dynamic and exciting learning environment.  They will love the opportunity to perform high demand treatments, using results driven professional products and devices to deliver effective client outcomes. With real clinic experience and access to the latest aesthetic devices, our programs support practical learning outcomes delivered by the industry’s best!

Learning Outcomes:

  • Describe and respond to the Aesthetics profession regarding relevant developments, including the forces that have shaped the past, are driving innovation and trends today and into the future.
  • Interpret and respond to relevant trends and global innovations that drive the Aesthetics profession and impact current practice and future developments
  • Demonstrate an understanding of health and dermal science as it relates to professional treatment protocol and ethical clinic based practice
  • Perform and coordinate various preventative skin health procedures that respond to a range of dermal conditions ensuring best practice and a safe approach to the clinical environment
  • Develop and establish treatment protocols and integrated frameworks that demonstrate a thorough understanding of scope of practice, skin diagnosis, client care and treatment outcomes
  • Apply independent judgment as a professional therapist, leader and team member, being accountable to all underlying moral, ethical, cultural, legal and professional principles.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of research developments, methods and skills appropriate to the Aesthetics sector to determine its impact on the industry.
  • Develop, establish, and manage professional relationships to enhance client care, professional development and industry relevance.
  • Apply research and digital literacy skills and knowledge to form an evidence-based approach towards professional practice

Career Outcomes:

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

  • Dermal Clinician
  • Clinic and / or Practice Manager
  • IPL and Laser Technician
  • Skin health promotion and education
  • Educator and Industry Trainer
  • Industry Blogger
  • Business Development and Research

Course Highlights:

  • Unique degree program combining practical learning outcomes, supported by a solid foundation in health sciences
  • Tech savvy practical learning hub, located in the heart of Brisbane, Australia
  • Hands-on clinical experience using the latest aesthetic devices: IPL, Laser, Radiofrequency, Skin needling, Cryolipolysis- non-invasive fat reduction, LED & Ultrasound Body contouring
  • Essential knowledge in research methods and research article evaluation for skin health sciences
  • Industry immersion to establish networking relationships and boost employability opportunities
  • Course addresses the need for ongoing innovation and industry relevance- learn from the industry’s experts
  • Unique program that spotlights the need for combination therapies within Cosmetic Medicine, Aesthetics, Dermal and Wellness disciplines
  • Flexible learning options – face to face and hybrid online subjects available (where applicable)
  • Graduates are eligible to apply for full membership through Australian Society of Dermal Clinicians (ASDC)- the highest level of recognition within the Dermal Therapies industry
  • Graduates are eligible to apply directly into post graduate training for Dermoscopy through HealthCert

Why study with us:

Laureate International Universities

Laureate is the largest education network in the world with more than 80 universities offering undergraduate and graduate degree courses to over 1,000,000 students around the world.  This makes our courses unique in their global aspect, the quality of the learning materials, up-to-date learning methodologies and the use of technology to enrich the learning experience.

The Bachelor of Health Science (Aesthetics) is offered through Torrens University Australia and brings a fresh, modern, careers-focused perspective to higher education. Here’s what that means for you:

We FLIP the Classroom

The Bachelor of Health Science (Aesthetics) is designed around the principles of the ‘flipped classroom’ allowing you to learn through doing, not just through listening.  The flipped classroom model provides you with the opportunity to explore material at your own pace before class.  This might involve reading articles or texts, watching presentations or listening to podcasts. Rather than just listening to a lecturer for an hour or more, you’ll come to class having read through or listened to the subject material.  Guided by an expert in the field, you will find a much more interactive and collaborative environment in which to consolidate and apply the things you have learned.

We are career-focused and industry connected

  • Our students practice in the practical learning hub located in Brisbane and through observation via industry placements
  • Our academics are current industry practitioners
  • Industry contributes to our course development

We provide a personalized experience

  • Success Coaches: working with our students to increase motivation, improve employability and provide an in-depth understanding of natural talents
  • Learning touch points (digital): A casual environment for students to ask questions, have concepts explained in a way you understand, get study tips and some assessment guidance conducted weekly/fortnightly by your Learning Facilitator.
  • Academic skills support: If you need help with assignment writing, referencing, time management, or any other academic-related aspect of your studies then the Academic Skills Support team can help.
  • Technical support: if you have any questions about your online learning management system
  • We care about your success: we value the importance of a positive student experience, and therefore have robust processes to resolve student complaints.  The Student Complaints Policy, and associated procedures (as well as all policies and procedures), can be access from your student portal.

Our academic staff are experienced industry trained professionals

In developing its degree courses, Torrens is able to draw on the vast experience and resources in education that have been developed within the Laureate International Universities network. Laureate is the largest education network in the world with more than 80 campus-based and online universities offering undergraduate and graduate degree courses to over 1,000,000 students.  This makes the degree courses offered by Torrens University unique in their global aspect, the quality of the learning materials, up-to-date learning methodologies and the use of technology to enrich the learning experience.

We have small class sizes

Get direct and personalized access to our industry-experienced lecturers and learning facilitators, through small class sizes and valuable one-to-one interactions, regardless of whether you study online or on campus.

We offer Dynamic Online Learning

Dynamic Online Learning mode means you can achieve success in your own time. We provide on-demand access to your course materials and content so you can study whenever it’s convenient to you. At specific campuses, we also offer hybrid courses that combine an online and on-campus study to provide you with yet another option for completing your postgraduate course.

Torrens University Australia is here for good!

Here for Good is the spirit of Laureate International Universities. As the largest global network of higher education institutions, of which Torrens University Australia is a member, we’re united by a belief in the power of education to change lives. In addition, we’re serious about making an enduring commitment to the communities we serve. To us, this is about purpose and permanence. This is what we mean by Here for Good.

We believe society is best served when our students, faculty, and our entire organisation use our collective skills and experience to create positive and lasting change. Our students and graduates are improving lives and making our world better. Our institutions are providing the critical skills, knowledge and support to help make this happen.

At Torrens University Australia, contributing to the community through our student’s learning and development is part of what we do.

Access our national campus network

Whether you study on campus or online, you can access state-of-the-art Torrens campuses in Adelaide, Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane. There are no more boring classrooms, instead, we have designed our
Fast-track your career & professional network

Torrens operates on a trimester system so many courses can be completed in less time than at other institutions. Imagine walking out of Torrens with a Master degree in as little as 12 months, or a Bachelor degree in only 2 years.

Feel engaged with industry

Torrens engages in robust dialogue with local, national and global businesses, industries and associations with the goal of creating better graduate outcomes for our students.  We believe education should reflect the realities of industry, as well as the development of critical thinking and global perspectives in the approach we take. Integrating relevant insights and desirable skill sets through our active conversations with industry allows us to remain dynamic and evolve with the needs of the modern workplace.

Develop job ready skills

Through our Careers and Industry Advisors and Success Coaches, we provide students with employability profiling and upskilling, courtesy of a range of events and seminars. We assist students in developing current employability skills and help them to access leaders in their field, for their personal networks and industry placements. We enjoy many mutually beneficial relationships with industry that empower our entire student cohort to be successful graduates.

Develop your academic skills

Develop skills in:

  • Writing essays and reports
  • Study techniques
  • Goal setting
  • Grammar and spelling
  • Time organisation
  • Creating an effective study environment
  • Academic learning
  • Exam preparation


Get involved in student events

Meet and network with industry professionals and gain valuable contacts at various events including networking nights, professional seminars and industry association events both on campus and online.

Course Overview

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


Dynamic Online Study, Hybrid, on campus

Study options – International students This course is currently available to international students requiring a visa to study in Australia
Start Dates February, June, September

For specific dates visit the website

Course Length Full Time: 3 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.
Location Brisbane 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). CRICOS Course code


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 Ltd
Course Fees       For details, refer to the website Any other fees For details, refer to the website
Admission Criteria
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)


·         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.

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 with ATAR 60

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

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.

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 approved.

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.

ATAR Profile

ATAR profile for those offered places wholly or partly on the basis of ATAR in [T1 2018]

(ATAR-based offers only, across all offer rounds) ATAR (OP in QLD)
(Excluding adjustment factors) *
Highest rank to receive an offer N/P
Median rank to receive an offer N/P
Lowest rank to receive an offer N/P

Notes:     * L/N – indicates low numbers if less than 5 ATAR-based offers made

# N/P – indicates figure is not published if less than 25 ATAR-based offers made

Student profile:

The table below gives an indication of the likely peer cohort for new students at the institution. It provides data on students that commenced undergraduate study and passed the census date in the most relevant recent intake period for which data are available, including those admitted through all offer rounds and international students studying in Australia

Applicant background Semester one / Full year intake [T1 2018]
Number of students Percentage of all students
(A) Higher education study
(includes a bridging or enabling course)
7 26%
(B) Vocational education and training (VET) study <5 N/P
(C) Recent secondary education:

·         Admitted solely on the basis of ATAR
(regardless of whether this includes the impact of
adjustment factors such as equity or subject bonus points)

7 26%
·         Admitted where both ATAR and additional criteria were considered
(e.g. portfolio, audition, extra test, early offer conditional on minimum ATAR)
<5 N/P
·         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)
0 0%
(D) Work and life experience
(Admitted on the basis of previous achievement other than the above)
10 37%
International students 0 0%
All students 27 100.0%

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.

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Course Logistics:

International students

Torrens offers a free, personalized admission process where each applicant is considered on an individual basis. Please contact our International Course and Careers Officer for further information and assistance with your application.

Torrens University Australia is an inclusive institution that celebrates diversity in its student community. We provide international students with assistance in finding accommodation, academic support, counselling services and language assistance.

This course is available to students who require a visa to study onshore in Australia. However, this course is only facilitated from our Brisbane campus, international students must reside in Brisbane to meet the visa specifications.

Please read our International Student information or contact us with any questions about studying at Torrens or living in Australia.

Location and Start Dates

This course is delivered face-to-face with some subjects available online and has three intakes throughout the year – February, June and September.  Please note, the practical subjects have practical residentials facilitated from our Brisbane campus only.  Contact your Course and Career Adviser now for upcoming start dates and lecture times.

Campus facilities and services

Our Brisbane campus is 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.

Facilities and Services include:

  • The Customer Service Hub – our friendly and experienced staff can give help and advice about courses, your enrolment and campus life, including all services and activities on campus.
  • Counsellors are available for students to consult with on a range of personal issues.
  • Practical Learning Hub (Brisbane campus only) – innovative aesthetic technologies to meet the learning and assessment requirements of the practical subjects.
  • Student wireless access throughout the Campus.
  • Student break-out and relaxed study spaces for group work.
  • Student lounge areas – most with microwaves, kitchenette facilities and vending machines.
  • The Learning Hub, home to the Learning Support Team, encompasses Learning Skills Advisors, Learning Technology Advisors, and Library & Learning Skills Officers. It provides an integrated, holistic support program for students throughout the study lifecycle within a library/collaborative study environment.

The services includes:

  • Support and workshops with highly qualified staff in the areas of Academic skills, Library skills, and Technology skills, both on campus and online.
  • Physical and digital resources relevant to studies, such as books, journals, multimedia, databases
  • Self-check kiosks for library loans and print and copy facilities

Paying for your qualification

We offer two payment options for this course:

  1. 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 trimester and payment is required on or before the due date using EFTPOS, credit card or Flywire.


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 ($54,869 in 2016-17). 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:

FEE-HELP website

FEE-HELP booklets

Austudy and Abstudy

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

Course Structure and Rules

The Bachelor of Health Science (Aesthetics) comprises 24 subjects (10 credit points each).

The course can be completed with full-time study in 9 trimesters (3 years, standard duration) or over 18 trimesters (6 years, part time duration).   The course of study is made up of:

  • Core subjects: There are 11 core subjects (110 credit points), which provides students with a foundation in dermal science.
  • Specialisations: There are 9 specialisation subjects (90 credit points).
  • Electives: There are 4 elective subjects outlined in the course structure (40 points), however students may choose electives from other TUA undergraduate courses, that have been approved by the Program Director (pre-requisites and levels permitting).

Course Structure

Subject Code Subject Name Subject type Unit Value
Level 100      
CCS103 Counselling & Communication Skills Core 10


FAS102 Foundations of Aesthetics Core 10
SHB102 Structure and Function of the Human Body Core 10
CCH104 Cosmetic Chemistry Core 10
BFD105 Biological Foundations Core 10
MAT106 Manual Aesthetic Techniques Core 10
APT107 Aesthetic Practice with Technology I Specialisation 10


Aesthetic Electrotherapy I Specialisation 10
Level 200      
FHN201 Foundations of Human Nutrition Core 10


BSH202 Biosafety in Health Core 10
HDW204 Healthcare in the Digital World Elective 10
CDA204 Cultural Diversity in Aesthetics Core 10
HWEL2006 Social and Emotional Wellbeing Elective 10
PCP206 Professional Clinic Practice I Core 10
APT207 Aesthetic Practice with Technology II Specialisation 10
AET208 Aesthetic Electrotherapy II Specialisation 10
Level 300      
ADC301 Aesthetics and Dermatological Changes Specialisation 10


ABA302 Advanced Body Aesthetics Techniques Specialisation 10
ADA303 Advanced Dermal Aesthetics Practice Specialisation 10
MSP304 Medi-spa in Aesthetics Practice Elective 10
EPR307 Entrepreneurship, Professionalism and Business  Skills in Health Elective 10
ASP306 Aesthetics in Surgical  Practice Specialisation 10
PCP307 Professional Clinical Placement II Core 10
CLR308 Critical Literature Review Specialisation 10
  Total credit points   240


CCS103  Counselling & 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

The subject focuses on the foundations of professional ethics of the Aesthetic professional, including the concept, history, importance and principles of the profession. It focuses on the professional avenues in which the Aesthetic professional works and highlights professional communication and integration with the other areas of health and wellness. This subject examines the professional career, and the history of Aesthetics education, and discusses their role in society. It also discusses the professional associations and regulatory bodies relevant to the Aesthetics industry.

This subject also addresses basic fundamentals in a practical treatment scenario including Occupational Workplace Health & 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 anti-ageing.  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.

AET208 Aesthetics Electrotherapy II

This subject describes and interprets concepts relating to patient consultation, treatment protocols and establishing priorities in a dermal environment.  It analyses and identifies theoretical concepts that underpin the use of clinical grade products and advanced dermal techniques including the use of micro needling and epidermal levelling.  It compares and discusses skin types and conditions, treatment benefits and variations that specifically relate to treatment protocol concepts with the application of advanced ingredients.

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.

PCP307 Professional Clinical Placement II

This subject places the future dermal professional into the clinical work environment for industry preparedness.  It solidifies the concepts that relate to effective communication and demonstrates the appropriate use of ethical considerations and professional code of conduct in relation to upholding scope of practice.  It addresses the need for professional organisations in order to maintain professional currency and commitment to scholarship and provides the learner an opportunity for reflection of legal considerations, innovation and recommended changes to instigate change applicable to the dermal field.

ADC301 Aesthetics and Dermatological Changes

In an integrated approach, this subject addresses the skin and body as tools for evaluating overall skin health.  It evaluates and distinguishes the theoretical concepts that underpin the complex physical foundations of the integumentary system discussing prevalent dermatological diseases and conditions of the skin.  It addresses the relevant concepts relating to ageing, photo sensitivity, vascular conditions, acne and wound healing and justifies the pathology and aetiology of dermatological diseases within the dermal professional’s scope of practice.  It prioritizes and implements dermatological skin health evaluations through diagnostic hypotheses of clinical skin analysis and patient case management.

ABA302 Advanced Body Aesthetics Techniques

This subject incorporates the use of innovative body modalities using a range of advanced technologies and electrical devices to meet client outcomes.  It interprets the theoretical concepts that underpin the integumentary, lymphatic, digestive and muscular systems as they relate to aesthetic body techniques.  The subject further evaluates prevalent diseases and conditions of the skin/body, to implement treatment evaluations of the skin/body through diligent client assessment.

ASP306 Aesthetics in Surgical Practice

This subject demonstrates broad and coherent technical knowledge of cosmetic and plastic procedures. It explores skin and ageing characteristics, to determine pre and post-surgical outcomes within scope as a dermal therapist. It critically evaluates and prioritises aesthetic treatment plan options, of dermatologic procedures to meet individual patient treatment objectives.  This subject constructs and presents treatment plan and skin care regimen recommendations for practitioner review.

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.

CLR308 Critical Literature Review

Critical Literature Review (CLR308) provides an opportunity to critically examine the current literature to answer a chosen research question to inform clinical decision-making. The literature review is a scholarly paper that appraises the current knowledge base highlighting strengths, weaknesses and omissions in the literature. The subject builds on established knowledge of literature search methods and critical appraisal skills to culminate in a review that conforms to publication standards.

MSP304 Medi-spa in Aesthetics Practice 

This subject addresses the design and application of wellness programs offered in Medi-spas that combine the following dermal therapies in a spa and wellness context – clinical microdermabrasion, chemical peels, light based therapies, skin needling, fat cavitation, radiofrequency and other body contouring modalities.  It addresses the classifications of Medi-spas giving details of their technical, administrative and physical structure.  This subject conceptualizes and classifies the impact of stress on quality of life, associating the practical application of Aesthetic therapies and their physiological effects to overall well-being.

EPR307 Entrepreneurship, Professionalism and Business Skills in Health

Entrepreneurship, Professionalism & Business Skills in Health will introduce students to the concepts of small business management, entrepreneurship and how to identify the professional requirements of their healthcare discipline. This subject will explore the topics necessary to establish and run a successful healthcare practice and maintain their professional status in the healthcare sector. Students will also explore their professional identity to support the understanding of the ethical conduct, liability, legal and regulatory requirements that are pertinent to their specific modality. This subject will initiate the development of a Business plan using entrepreneurial practices and innovative design thinking. This will include exploring business strategies such as operating policy and procedures, marketing and branding, networking strategies, leadership, administration and financial issues necessary for the operation and management of a contemporary healthcare practice.

Frequently Asked Questions

I’ve looked at other courses in Aesthetics and Dermal Therapies. What’s unique about the program offered through Torrens?

The programs offered through Torrens University Australia adopt a global perspective and have the benefit of leveraging from our international partners throughout the Laureate network. Students enrolled in the Bachelor of Health Science (Aesthetics) not only study the foundations of health science and discipline specific subjects, but also address important themes such as cultural diversity and healthcare in the digital world that have the potential to feed into a range of post graduate study areas. This includes Dermoscopy, Public Health and Nursing.

Students also have a high level of access to clinical aesthetic devices and ‘hands on’ clinic training. The level of technology available is exciting and leads to strong employability outcomes. Our students graduate with strong clinical capabilities and experience using the latest technology including IPL, Laser, Radiofrequency, Skin Needling, Cryolipolysis (non-invasive fat reduction), LED & Ultrasound Body contouring.

I’m keen to study but have to accommodate work-life balance. What are my options?

Students have the flexible option to complete the program full time or part time. Students can elect to complete a combination of online or face to face subjects to suit their commitments outside of study. Students enjoy the flexibility of completing theory based subjects online, while taking advantage of the option to complete practical subjects in a face to face environment. This allows them to work in the industry whilst studying. The choice is yours!

If I choose to study online, do I still get to attend on campus workshops?

Yes, absolutely. Practical based subjects have a practical residential requirement, to ensure students get the best learning experience and outcomes possible. Practical Residentials are based at Brisbane campus only. Your CCA can provide more information regarding this.

Is Course Credit available?

Yes, course credit is available upon application and academic approval. For applicants that hold a nationally recognised Diploma of Beauty Therapy, they qualify for guaranteed block credit of 80 credit points. For students that hold a nationally recognised Diploma of Nursing, they qualify for guaranteed block credit of 60 credit points. Credit can take the form of credit transfer, block credit, or Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL).  For further information, consult our friendly Course and Careers Advisor, or visit the website.

Can Torrens University help me find work while I’m studying and after I graduate?

Through our Careers and Industry services, we also provide students with technologically advanced employability profiling and upskilling, courtesy of a range of specialised events and seminars in conjunction with leading employers. Torrens University assists students in developing current employability skills and helps them to access leaders in their field, for their personal networks and industry placements. Torrens enjoys many mutually beneficial relationships with industry that empower our entire student cohort to be successful graduates.

Tuition Assurance

If you’re a domestic student, your investment in your education is protected by Torrens’ membership of the TAFE Directors Australia Higher Education Assurance Scheme. Please refer to our Tuition Assurance Statement.

International students are covered by our membership to the Tuition Protection Scheme, an initiative of the Australian Government to assist international students whose education providers are unable to fully deliver their course of study. The TPS ensures that international students are able to either complete their studies in another course or with another education provider or receive a refund of their unspent tuition fees

What are the enrolment dates for the courses?

There are three intakes per year for each Torrens University course. You may enrol anytime during the year and start in the term of your choice. However, please be sure to book early to reserve your place.

Where is the Torrens campus located?

Practical subjects of the course will be delivered at the Brisbane (Fortitude Valley) campus, theoretical subjects can be undertaken via online or face-to-face pending availability.

Contact Us

If you have any further questions, please contact your Course and Career Adviser for additional information.


Phone: 1300 575 803 (within Australia)

Phone: +61 8 8113 7800 (International)