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PGCert in

Non-Surgical Facial Aesthetics



2 modules over 1 year –

14 days attendance with additional assessment days


October of every year




1 year, part-time

ICE have developed the PGCert Non-Surgical Facial Aesthetics (NSFA) in partnership with the University of Salford. This partnership will allow students to benefit from gaining hands-on supervised learning in a clinical setting, in-line with current legislation and ethics in the field of non-surgical facial aesthetics. Aesthetic medicine is changing, and a level 7 qualification will be needed in the near future. This course meets that need. The course programme is clearly aligned to the JCCP/CPSA standards.


This PGCert in Non-Surgical Facial Aesthetics course is aimed to equip students with the necessary core clinical knowledge, skills and competency in both Botulinum toxin and dermal fillers, through a combination of clinical support and academic teaching. The required academic level is set out in the table below.

Education and Training Standards
education and training standards

Theory session and clinical training will take place at the ICE hospital clinic, where students will be taught by internationally renowned world-leading experts in facial aesthetics. The course has been designed to cater for those practitioners wishing to be introduced to the area of non-surgical facial aesthetics, or those experienced practitioners who want an academic qualification of their experience in non-surgical facial aesthetics.


Course Overview

  1. This is the first University accredited, one-year, level 7 qualification in aesthetics medicine.
  2. This is a structured 14-day course, based at Salford, whereby clinical lectures are provided with practical clinical assessments, mentoring and peer review.
  3. This level 7 certifcate is suitable for both experienced, and non-experienced, practitioners who want an overview and, most importantly, practical experience in NSFA.
  4. The course has been built around the JCCP guidelines, which at present complies with current regulatory frameworks. 

Course Structure 

This programme is offered on a 1-year, part-time, Postgraduate Certificate (PGCert) basis only. It consists of two 30 credit modules – 60 in total.

Year 1 - Sept - JanPrinciples of Non-Surgical Facial Aesthetics Injectables
Year 1 - Feb - JunePrinciples of Non-Surgical Facial Aesthetics Dermal Fillers

This course is aimed to be unique in its content and longevity, as it has been structured in order that a level 7 qualification can be obtained over a 14 day period.


The course begins with an induction at the end of September, followed by the start of module 1. Module 2 starts on January 29th at the University of Salford campus, with clinical practice taking place the following week at the ICE clinics.

Unless stated otherwise, all days will start promptly at 9 am (arrival by 8.45 am recommended) and be finished by 5 pm.

Please note that although it would only be done as a last resort, dates are liable to be changed if absolutely necessary. No changes are anticipated at this stage though.

Core Competencies for Modality

  • Demonstrate holistic assessment to elicit suitability for a cosmetic procedure
  • Demonstrate defensible shared decision making and competence in planning the management of care with the client/patient
  • Implement non clinical interventions to address skin health
  • Implement the agreed cosmetic treatment within the agreed plan of care
  • Apply principles of clinical governance, audit and quality to evaluate the outcomes of clinical and non-clinical interventions

Competencies for Temporary and Semi-Permanent Dermal Fillers

  • Administer semi- permanent dermal fillers within the agreed treatment plan
  • Administer botulinum toxin within the agreed treatment plan

Speakers Tracey Bell

Dr T. Bell

GDC number: 69428

The course is lead by Dr Tracey Bell, who is primarily based in the Isle of Man but also has clinics in Liverpool. Tracey has over 20 years of clinical experience and believes that education, understanding and informed consent are all vital aspects of the patient journey. In addition to a Master’s in Dental Law and Ethics, she has completed a Bond Solon Expert Witness Course. As of January 2020, Tracey is a member of the ACE (Aesthetic Complications Expert) Group.


You can read our interview with Tracey about the importance of level 7 study in NSFA here.

Dr C. Lucas

Christian Lucas

Dr V. Holden

Victoria Holden


What are the entry requirements?

  • Dental practitioners who hold a GDC registrable dental qualification/degree or equivalent and registration.
  • Medical practitioners who hold a GMC registrable degree and registration.
  • Registered nurses with a bachelor’s degree with honours from a UK university or equivalent academic or professional qualification from the UK.
  • All applicants must hold post-qualification experience in hospital service or general medical/dental practice.
  • All applicants must have full indemnity insurance, including cover for treatments given during the course.

What will I learn on the course?

The course is based on a competency framework, provided by the JCCP, and its aim is to provide the required competencies of practitioners providing Botulinum Toxin and Dermal Fillers in clinical practices.

Is there an opportunity for recognition of prior learning?

Accreditation of Prior Learning

An applicant who does not possess one of the qualifications which satisfies the General Academic Entry Requirement may be considered through the Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL) (both Certified Prior Learning and/or one Prior Experiential Learning) as per the University’s Admissions and Retention Policy.

Where will the course be held?

The course consists of 14-day lectures and practical assessments. The module introductions and academic writings, take place at the University of Salford’s School of Health & Society campus, and the demonstration and clinical days take place at the ICE Dental Institute & Hospital.



How will I be assessed?

The course will require the completion of 40 clinical case studies; 20 Botulinum Toxin and 20 Dermal Fillers. In regards to the JCCP requirements, 10 of each will be observed. The clinical cases will be uploaded within an e-portfolio, which will form part of the assessment and will be a valuable resource to show present and future patients of the clinical outcomes achieved.

Assessment will be in the form of oral presentations and a short research-based essay will be required, full clinical support and peer review will be provided.

Who can I contact about more information?

Please contact our Programmes Administrator, Carl Morgan:


0161 413 8335

Please note, as this course is accredited by the University of Salford, in some instances, you may need to check the University of Salford website for more information.

Awarding body

University of Salford

Non-Surgical Facial Aesthetics

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