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Posted 11th Dec 2023

Taking a Break From Your Level 7 Injectables Training

TOP BOX Taking A Break from Your Level 7 Injectables

Sometimes taking a break from your Level 7 injectables training is a necessity. We understand that sometimes things don’t go according to plan and, should that happen, we’re here to help.

Below, your most frequently asked questions on pausing your Level 7 Diploma in Botox & Dermal Fillers are answered.

Plus, our Assessments Manager at Harley Academy, Ben Spring, talks us through his advice for trainees considering taking a break.

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How long do you have to complete your Level 7 injectables course?

We recommend trainees aim to complete their aesthetics training within two years of starting the course. You can view how much time you have left through our eLearning platform, Totara. The course is made up of 175 guided learning hours.

What do you have to do to finish your assessments?

The training and assessments for your Level 7 Diploma are divided into three main areas. They’ll test your practical and theoretical skills in all things aesthetic medicine. You’ll need to successfully complete each one as well as finalise your logbook to finish the course.

Direct observation of practical skills (DOPS)

On your 10th treatment of filler and your 10th of botox, you’ll be filmed administering each under the supervision of a trainer. Securing an appointment to have your DOPS recorded can take 4-6 weeks, so it’s best to book it in advance!


The written literature review and Short Answer Questions (SAQs) comprise the essay portion of your Level 7 assessments. These also take a maximum of four weeks to be marked. If you’re planning on submitting your draft for feedback, we advise factoring in an extra 3-4 weeks.

Theory exams

These occur five times a year. You’ll find Level 7 Theory exams take place roughly once every three months. Dates for these exams are released well in advance and the paper marking takes eight weeks. Trainees now get exact results release dates when sitting their exams.

Once all three of your Level 7 assessments have been completed they’re sent off for final moderation. These happen four times a year on specific dates. Here, all your work will be reviewed and checked for plagiarism. From the date the moderation begins, it can take another eight weeks - sometimes more.

For example, if your assessments conclude by December, you’ll need to wait until the next available moderation date to submit them. If this is, say, at the end of February, you’ll need to wait eight weeks until that set moderation date.

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What you need to consider before taking a break from your Level 7 training

There are several reasons why you may be thinking about taking a hiatus from your Level 7 injectables training. However, there are a few things we urge you to consider or action before doing so.

Length of break

“If you’re planning on taking leave for longer than a few months, we suggest speaking to Student Support in advance. They’ll be able to help determine if you’ll be able to complete your Level 7 training within the allotted time”, Ben recommends.

Relevancy of training

Another thing to consider is the freshness and relevance of your practical training after your time away. Ben notes, “Holistically, you may not be able to recall or reflect upon your original aesthetics training if you’ve taken a longer break.”

Should you require additional practical aesthetics training to get you back up to speed, this may incur additional charges.

Plan ahead

Ben urges any trainees considering time away to “book any exams or practicals for once you’re back.” This way you have something to work towards while on your recess. Assessment dates often get booked up quickly, this ensures that you can get stuck in as soon as possible!

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What happens if you exceed the Level 7 allotted course time?

If after your break your course is within its timeframe, please get in touch with us at studentsupport@harleyacademy.com. A member of our Student Support team will be able to assist you with the next steps.

On the occasion that too much time has passed between your aesthetics mentoring and practical, we advise contacting the support team. You may need to speak with them about potential extension fees.

When things don’t pan out, it can cause anxiety and stress. Our Student Support team and dedicated Course Advisors are always on hand. We’re here to support you and will help you to tackle any issues that may arise. Whether you’re coming back from a break or about to take one, rest assured that we’ll facilitate your aesthetics development every step of the way!

All information correct at the time of publication

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