Bachelor of Health Science (Aesthetics)

Are you ready to be a driver of innovation and become an industry leader in the area of Aesthetics?

Practical experience

Our dynamic student clinic offers a range of client treatments designed to help you get ready for your first real job in the beauty therapy industry. Students will enjoy a collaborative learning environment to maximise learning and engagement. Graduates of this course will be capable of incorporating new technologies and innovations into their professional practice, in addition to making a meaningful contribution to the industry.
All practical elements of the course will take place on the Brisbane campus.

Industry professionals as your teachers

Our teaching staff at Torrens University Australia are beauty industry professionals. Torrens has a strong focus on employability, so access to our well-connected staff members can help open doors into your future beauty career.

Torrens University Network

We are lucky to be able to leverage the history and experience of our sister institution, the Australian National College of Beauty, utilise experienced and industry connected academics and take advantage of our state-of-the art facilities.

Success Coaches

Our Success Coaches leverage a student’s strengths and align their learning with their broader life purpose. They work with students from their first admission, coaching students to successfully navigate the educational landscape and build personal and professional capability to improve their employability outcomes including self-employment and entrepreneurship. With a focus on the student’s career goals, and trained in Gallup strengths quest, the Success Coach takes a strengths-based approach to engage with and motivate students for study and career success.


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About the School

This course is delivered by Torrens University Australia Ltd, ABN 99 154 937 005, RTO 41343, CRICOS 03389E.

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Course Delivery

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Workload and Assessment

No. of timetabled hours per week:

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.

Typical assessment includes:

Practical examinations, clinic participation, research projects, project development and evaluation, critical analysis and essay writing, short answer questions, assessable online discussion forums.

Subject Information

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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