Frequently Asked Questions

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Do I need a medical degree to take your courses?

Both our Foundation Day and Level 7 courses assume a certain level of prior medical knowledge. As such, they are not suitable for non-medical graduates.

Harley Academy graduates can expect to go straight into top roles in aesthetics clinics or independent private aesthetics practice, so need to ensure that patients can rely on their capacity for clinical oversight, and the safe management of potential complications, as well as the skills that the course has taught them.

The degrees we accept are:

  • Nursing
  • Midwifery
  • Medicine
  • Dentistry
    • Dental Hygiene
    • Dental therapy
  • Pharmacy

Along with a valid registration number with the appropriate body, e.g. GMC, NMC, GDC, GPhC.

Level 7 courses assume a certain level of prior medical knowledge. As such, they are not suitable for non-medical graduates.

For the level 7, degrees we can accept are:

  • Nursing
  • Midwifery
  • Medicine
  • Dentistry
  • Pharmacy

If you are from any other background and wishing to go into aesthetic medicine, we recommend taking an appropriate undergraduate degree, such as nursing, in order to future proof your career, and ensure that you can continue to find appropriate cosmetic medical insurance.

If you’re unsure as to whether or not you are eligible to enrol for Harley Academy’s Level 7 Course, please note you must satisfy all of these entry criteria:

  1. already be a qualified doctor, dentist, nurse, pharmacist, or midwife
  2. have a valid registration number with the appropriate regulatory body for their profession (either in the UK or in the student’s home country)
  3. have fluent English – this means that you must either consider English as your first language, or have passed an IELTS exam in the last two years and scored above 7 in each section.

I am an ODP/paramedic/physiotherapist with an undergraduate degree, can I take your courses?

Our level 7 in Injectables for Aesthetic Medicine is only available to those with the following degrees:

  • Medicine
  • Nursing/Midwifery
  • Dentistry
  • Pharmacy

Our Foundation Day in Injectables is available for those with any of the above degrees, plus dental hygiene or dental therapy.

Our forthcoming qualifications in Skin Rejuvenation for Aesthetic Medicine will be available to all of the above plus dental nurses, ODPs, paramedics, physiotherapists, aestheticians and beauty therapists (minimum NVQ Level 3).

If you would like to register your interest/receive information when this is available/if you are interested in Skin Rejuvenation please sign up for our newsletter here.

How long will it take to complete your level 7 aesthetic training?

The duration of the Level 7 course is essentially up to you, as it depends on how much time you can commit to it. We expect the course to take an average of 12-18 months, depending on how much time you can dedicate to it. There is no minimum duration (except for mentoring and exam date availability) and you have up to three years in total to complete the course, from enrolment to assessment.

I have already completed a Foundation Day/Weekend Course elsewhere, do I have to also do yours?

No, although you may if you like. If you choose not to, then you will receive a £375 discount on the cost of your Level 7 postgraduate qualification.

However, we recommend taking the foundation day included in your qualification. They provide an excellent ‘refresher’ to prepare you for exams, plus, you get to meet your peers starting the qualification.

Can I start with the Foundation Day, then decide whether to do the full Level 7 postgraduate qualification later?

Yes, there is no obligation to continue to the L7Cert after attending a Foundation day. However, if you do your Foundation Day with us, then you will receive a significant discount on the cost of your Level 7 postgraduate qualification if you do decide to upgrade.

Feel free to come along, learn the procedures, get a sense of the industry and then decide. Plus, our students tend to think the Foundation Day is quite fun!

Why should I do your Level 7 course instead of a postgraduate university course?

This is up to you and depends on what you want out of postgraduate training. Both university courses and accredited Level 7 courses are likely to ensure that you meet Health Education England qualification requirements. However, university courses are generally designed to give you academic research skills, whereas a Level 7 certificate is a professional qualification, and hence focussed on applicable clinical knowledge and practical skills.

Read our Guide to Training in Aesthetics for a thorough comparison of Level 7 qualifications, university courses and weekend courses.

What is involved in your Level 7 training course in Injectables?

You will complete 40 hours of CPD-accredited online learning in:

  • Dermatology
  • Advanced Botulinum Toxins
  • Advanced Dermal Fillers
  • Psychology
  • Ethics, Law and Policy

And you are required to collect a logbook of 20 supervised cases and 20 observed cases. Half must be Toxin and half Fillers. All mentoring is now included in the level 7 course with Harley Academy, and we guarantee at least enough sessions to fill your logbook, if not more. 

I am a highly experienced cosmetic practitioner — can I just buy your qualification and then put ‘L7Cert’ after my name?

If you pass our assessment and submit a portfolio, then there are no other time constraints on achieving our L7Cert.

Through Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL Policy), we can make special allowances for practitioners with over three years of experience.

Who does your training and/or mentoring?

Can Nurses, Midwives and Pharmacists practice aesthetic medicine under the new HEE guidelines?

Yes – These professional groups can practice medical aesthetics, however, they require a prescriber to provide oversight.

If you are an independent nurse/midwife/pharmacist prescriber, you are free to work as an independent cosmetic practitioner.

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