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, this 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/Aesthetic Therapist. 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 performing and developing advanced skin health protocols, and responding to a diverse range of client/patient 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 and love the opportunity to perform high demand treatments, using professional products to deliver great 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.
  • Demonstrate a broad and coherent theoretical and technical knowledge of dermal science and the necessary practical skills for professional, ethical and safe work in a variety of clinical environments.
  • Perform and coordinate various dermal treatments efficiently following the necessary health and safety processes and procedures within a clinical environment.
  • Determine and develop integrated frameworks and treatment plans based on a thorough understanding of client’s needs.
  • Demonstrate the interpersonal skills, knowledge and dispositions of an effective team member and individual functioning within a culturally diverse community, displaying autonomy, well-developed judgement and responsibility.
  • Identify and review current research developments, methods and skills appropriate to the Aesthetics sector to determine its impact on the sector.

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):

  • Aesthetic Clinician
  • Dermal Therapist
  • Pre and post-operative patient care support (wound healing)
  • Clinic and / or Practice Manager
  • Paramedical Aesthetician
  • 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, 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)
  • Associations students/graduates may seek industry membership: Aesthetics Practitioners Advisory Network (APAN), Australian Society of Dermal Clinicians (ASDC) and the Australasian Academy of Anti-Ageing Medicine (A5M)

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-focussed 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 ready having read through or listened to the subject material.  Guided by an expert in the field, you will then then 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 practise 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 personalised 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.

Be part of an international network

Torrens University Australia is part of Laureate International Universities, a leading international network of quality, innovative institutions of higher education comprised of nearly 70 universities across 23 countries. Torrens’ association with Laureate International Universities gives you the opportunity to leverage the network of over 1,000,000 students around the world – including more than 100,000 online students.

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 learning spaces to promote collaboration and engagement, and they’re located in convenient and vibrant inner city neighbourhoods.

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 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


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, personalised 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).

Bachelor of Health Science (Aesthetics)
The Bachelor of Health Science (Aesthetics) is three years in duration for a full time student, or six years duration for a part time student. In this course, your core subjects will comprise of 20 subjects. Each year consists of three Study Periods, also known as Trimesters.

Core subjects – compulsory subjects that you must complete
Elective subjects –
subjects you can choose between from the Elective Bank below

This course comprises of 24 subjects that you are required to complete: 20 core subjects and 4 elective subjects.

The course contains 3 subject levels – Level 100, 200 and 300, guiding you from foundational through to more complex subjects.
Level 100: 8 core subjects
Level 200: 6 core subjects + 2 electives
Level 300: 6 core subjects + 2 elecitves
Please note the electives are specified (required).
Prerequisite subject – a subject you must complete before undertaking another subject
Corequisite subject
– a subject you must complete with another subject at the same time

RPL – Should you have any Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) credits that make you eligible for exemptions, please contact your Program Director to discuss further.
Please note: Not all subjects run each Study Period. If your suggested subjects are unavailable, we encourage you to take the immediate preceding or following subject(s) where possible.

How to read the below Suggested Study Pattern  (as a Full Time Student):

8 subjects per year make up a full time study load, following a 3 subjects-3 subjects-2 subjects pattern across the year’s three Study Periods (Trimesters).

As an example: Following the below pattern, the subjects in your first year would be:
Your first Study Period: DGF105, FAS102 and HAP103 (3 subjects)
Your second Study Period: CCh304, HMB105 and MAT106 (3 subjects)
Your third Study Period: APT107 and AET108 (2 subjects)

Studying Part Time? You would still follow the below sequence from top to bottom, but with fewer subjects per Study Period. Any questions? Contact



Year Level Subject Type Subject Prerequisite Completed
YEAR 1 Study Period 1
100 Core DGF105 Digital Fluency  
100 Core FAS102 Foundations and Aesthetics  
100 Core HAP103 Human Anatomy & Physiology  
Study Period 2
100 Core CCh304 Cosmetic Chemistry  
100 Core HMB105 Human Biology  
100 Core MAT106 Manual Aesthetic Techniques  
Study Period 3
100 Core APT107 Aesthetic Practice with Technology l  
100 Core AET108 Aesthetic Electrptherapy l  
YEAR 2 Study Period 4
200 Core FHN201 Foundation of Human Nutrition  
200 Core BSh302 Biosafety in Health  
200 Elective CCS203 Counselling and Communication Skills  
Study Period 5
200 Core CDA204 Cultural Diversity in Aesthetics  
200 Elective HSD205 Human and Social Development  
200 Core PCP206 Professional Clinic Practice I  
Study Period 6
200 Core APT207 Aesthetic Practice with Technology II  
200 Core AET208 Aesthetic Electrptherapy II  
YEAR 3 Study Period 7
300 Core ADC301 Aesthetics and Dermatological Changes  
300 Core ABA302 Advanced Body Aesthetics Techniques  
300 Core ADA303 Advanced Dermal Aesthetics Practice  
Study Period 8
300 Elective MSP304 Medi-spa in Aesthetics Practice  
300 Elective MAP305 Management in Aesthetics Practice  
300 Core ASP306 Aesthetics in Surgical Practice  
Study Period 9
300 Core PCP307 Professional Clinical Placment II  
300 Core IRP308 Integrated Research Project  
Please note – not all subjects are available for each Study Period. If your suggested subjects are unavailable, please take the subject that is immediately preceding or following that subject


DGF105 Digital Fluency

This subject introduces the concept of digital fluency in a higher educational context. Students will study the relevant resources and explore strategies and techniques to allow full participation in their new academic environment. The subject will embrace research skills and deploy technology to develop the knowledge, ethical frameworks and self-confidence needed to participate fully in contemporary culture. The subject introduces the proficiencies for integrating knowledge from multiple sources, for thinking critically about widely available information, and for participating collaboratively in the communication that information technologies enable.

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.

HAP103 Human Anatomy & Physiology

This subject addresses the knowledge of human anatomy and physiology and the aspects of the structure of organs that make up the human body. It develops the integration of structural and functional knowledge for an understanding of the normal organisms of the human body. The organs of the following physiological systems should be visualised and understood: skeletal, muscular, circulatory, respiratory, digestive, urinary, reproductive, endocrine and nervous systems, as well as the specialised tissues featured throughout the body. This subject leads to the acquisition of structural knowledge, promoting a line of reasoning that will form the basis of understanding and performance of activities inherent to the profession. It also focuses on structural and functional aspects of the organs that comprise the bodily systems, and discusses possible imbalances in homeostasis of the physiological system studied.

CCh304 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.

HMB105 Human Biology

This subject addresses the organisation, structure and function of living beings, with emphasis on cellular and molecular components, discussing the dynamic of the main metabolic pathways and their alterations.

MAT106  Manual Aesthetic Techniques

This subject addresses the foundation and development of manual aesthetic techniques in interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary forms. It develops the practical skills associated with the application of aesthetics treatments of lymphatic drainage of the face and body, and addresses the technical knowledge surrounding client consultation and assessment, contraindications, treatment protocols and planning based on individual client characteristics and variables.

APT107 Aesthetic Practice with Technology I

This subject addresses the basic skills of aesthetic facial techniques. It addresses the use of equipment, basic technology and cosmetic preparations associated with electro-aesthetic facial treatments. It enables facial procedures to be conducted which include cleansing the skin, skin analysis, treatment of skin disorders such as acne and application of products based on identified skin conditions and type. This subject is a pre-requisite to Aesthetics Practice with Technology II.

AET108 Aesthetic Electrotherapy I

This subject addresses the basic theoretical concepts related to the physical and fundamental aspects of electrical, mechanical, sound and thermal equipment used in aesthetics procedures for the face and body. This subject provides foundational knowledge that allows the learner to understand the physiological effects of each related body system, created through electrical and mechanical aesthetic treatments. This subject is a pre-requisite to Aesthetic Electrotherapy II.

FHN201  Foundation 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.

BSh302 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 Aesthetics professional into a clinical work environment (e.g. in a Medi-Spa). Students experience the day-to-day practice of Aesthetics in clinics, surgeries and/or other healthcare institutions, with emphasis on aesthetic treatments for the face and body.

CDA204 Cultural Diversity in Aesthetics

The subject discusses Lifestyle, Health and the Environment as complex objects. It addresses cultural and ethnic-racial diversity, and discusses how this impacts on health, lifestyle, well-being, beauty, functionality, body image, quality of life and the environment. This subject explores how cultural diversity in lifestyle, health and the environment impacts the individual, Aesthetics industry as a whole and how this shapes the individual practitioner and their approach to their professional role.

APT207 Aesthetics Practice with Technology II

This subject addresses the complex physical aspects and foundations for the application and operation of advanced aesthetics equipment using electrical, electromagnetic and phototherapeutic resources used in procedures in face and body aesthetics. It includes both theoretical and practical application of skills and knowledge using modern aesthetic technologies.

AET208 Aesthetics Electrotherapy II

This subject addresses facial techniques associated with cosmetic products with acids and state-of-the-art active ingredients, and advanced facial aesthetic technology. It enables facial techniques to be performed, such as treatment of dyschromia, periorbital melanosis, and procedures to prevent ageing.

CCS203 Counselling and Communication Skills

Counselling & Communication Skills encompasses counselling skills commonly needed by the Aesthetician Professional.  This subject comprises of a practical approach to a variety of communication skills and strategies including determining best practice treatment options for the patient, 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 therapeutic relationship for interaction between patient, colleagues and other health care practitioners.

HSD205 Human and Social Development

This subject introduces the social, economic, political, cultural and psychological problems that directly influence the formation and operation of the individual in society, focusing on the individual as a product and producer of the socio-environmental relations of which they are a part of.

PCP307 Professional Clinical Placement II

This subject places the future Aesthetics professional into a clinical work environment (e.g. in a Medi-Spa). Students experience the day-to-day practice of Aesthetics in clinics, surgeries and/or other healthcare institutions, with greater emphasis and experience in aesthetic treatments for the face and body.

ADC301 Aesthetics and Dermatological Changes

This subject addresses the most prevalent dermatological diseases of the skin in the area of Aesthetics within an integrated approach. This subject combines complex theoretical knowledge of the integumentary system and its associated diseases and conditions, and contextualizes this with the practical skill of clinical skin analysis. This subject also addresses the evaluations of the skin and body, as tools for identifying and resulting in a diagnostic hypothesis.

ABA302 Advanced Body Aesthetics Techniques

This subject addresses the basics of body aesthetic techniques. It promotes the study of cosmetics products, manual resources and aesthetic technology used in procedures on the body, for active treatment of conditions such as gynoid hydrolipodystrophy and localised lipodystrophy.

ASP306 Aesthetics in Surgical Practice

The curricular unit addresses, in interdisciplinary form, the application of aesthetic procedures before and after plastic surgery and in skin care following dermatological and aesthetic medicine procedures.

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.

IRP308 Integrated Research Project

This subject is heavily associated with the student’s experiences from Professional Clinical Placement I & II. It addresses the main aspects of Aesthetics and provides opportunity to critically reflect through a designated research project.

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.

MAP305 Management in Aesthetics Practice

This subject discusses management topics in health related to the planning of a business unit, emphasising the need for entrepreneurialism in the area of Aesthetics. It discusses key principles relating to Aesthetic practice management, accounting, professional ethics, legislation and industry relations relevant to this field.


Frequently Asked Questions

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

Definitely the high level of access and hands-on training with clinical aesthetic devices. The level of technology available is exciting and leads to much stronger employability outcomes. Unlike other programs, our students graduate with strong practical capabilities and experience using the latest technology including IPL, 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.


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