Its predecessor, the Level 7 Certificate, was introduced in response to Health Education England (HEE) recommendations derived from the findings of the Keogh report , which as commissioned by the government to look into standards and regulation within the aesthetics industry.
At Interface Aesthetics, we are one of just a handful of approved and accredited training providers in the UK offering this level 7 post-graduate diploma qualification.
In addition to the standard Level 7 Diploma route, there is an option of a fast track approach (RPEL – recognition of prior educational learning) for those practitioners who qualify based on previous experience as an injector.
The explosive growth in the aesthetics industry over the past two decades has necessitated greater scrutiny of the rules and regulations surrounding the provision of aesthetic treatments.
Moving towards a regulated, accredited qualification in injectables is an important step in the direction of standardising training and care in aesthetics. The OFQUAL-regulated Level 7 Diploma in Injectables is rapidly becoming the Gold Standard qualification for doctors, dentists and nurses in the UK.
In a potentially highly lucrative industry such as facial aesthetics, completing a practical, regulated and highly regarded post-graduate level qualification such as the Level 7 Diploma in Injectables gives a competitive edge, and makes graduates more attractive to both employers and patients alike.
Looking to the future, the signs are that there will be greater regulation and standardisation within medical aesthetics. The Joint Council for Cosmetic Practitioners (JCCP) has established a register of approved aesthetic practitioners which can be accessed by members of the public who are considering undergoing non-surgical aesthetic treatments.
Other areas of movement within the area include attempts to make dermal filler a prescription-only medicine. However the government and regulatory bodies react to changes in social and industry trends, the definite movement will be towards more regulation, more transparency and more professional regulatory body involvement in non-surgical aesthetic treatment provision.
For healthcare professionals of all levels of experience, the Level 7 Diploma in Injectables represents part of the shift towards driving up standards in the aesthetics industry as the new Gold Standard in medical aesthetic training.
There are several stages to the qualification – some which take place in person at training days, and others involving self-study using written and online course material. There is no designated time frame in which the course is completed, however, candidates often chose to complete all stages in around 6 – 12 months. It is up to candidates how quickly they wish to complete the qualification, with a high degree of flexibility to allow studies and mentorship to fit around your other work and study commitments.
The 4 stages of the Level 7 Diploma in Injectables are outlined below.
The Diploma learning material is post-graduate level and designed to provide delegates with the knowledge required for independent aesthetic practice. The modules cover the theory behind competent aesthetic practice, from dermatology through to the pharmacology. You will have access to a tutor to help guide you through this phase, and the flexible nature of the qualification, with self-directed learning at your own pace, makes the Level 7 Diploma suitable for fitting in study around work and other commitments.
At Interface Aesthetics, we have created e-Interface, an exclusive online video library of tutorials and patient treatments, accompanied by a detailed Level 7 Manual. These resources for the basis of your self-study, and will assist in the completion of the summative qualification assessments.
There are two main objectives of this phase of the qualification:
1. Become competent in performing the listed Botox® and dermal filler treatments
2. Build a portfolio of 40 patients to submit as part of the Level 7 Diploma assessment.
The Level 7 mentorship scheme is a programme of supervised training days providing practical, hands-on learning opportunities in administering Botox® and dermal filler treatments.
In addition to providing guidance and training in injecting techniques, delegates will receive directly observed feedback from our Level 7 expert aesthetic trainers. Over the course of the supervised training days, delegates will gain competency in the listed techniques.
From the perspective of the treatment portfolio, delegates must present evidence of a total of 40 cases involving observations and treatments in both Botulinum Toxin A and dermal filler. Delegates will typically require the equivalent of 4 – 5 days of Observation & Mentorship to meet the portfolio requirements..
All mentorship days are undertaken with real model patients, blending observed ‘Gold Standard’ treatments across Botox® and dermal filler treatments in an exclusive video catalogue of procedures which can be revisited throughout your training and career, with face-to-face one-to-one observation and injecting under the direct supervision of one of our OFQUAL-accredited aesthetic trainers.
10 Observed treatments
10 Performed treatments
Dermal Filler treatments
10 Observed treatments
10 Performed treatments
All observed treatments will be undertaken by one of our expert trainers, while all performed treatments will be under direct 1-to-1 supervision.
1. Short Answer Questions (SAQs): This component is in the format of coursework.
2. Literature Review: this is an opportunity to review the evidence base in non-surgical aesthetics, and delegates can select papers of interest to appraise.
3. External Theoretical Examination (MCQs): This has a focus on anatomy, physiology and safe practice in non-surgical aesthetics, and it set and marled externally by the awarding organisation.
4. Filmed Assessment & Treatment: The final case that you undertake as part of your mentorship for both Botox® and dermal filler will be filmed and sent away to the awarding organisation for assessment.
5. Submission of treatment portfolio with 40 cases: Twenty cases for each of Botulinum Toxin A and Dermal Filler. All cases must be undertaken with an approved clinician (ie: with one of our accredited tutors on our mentorship days). Evidence must include before and after photos, which are dated, consent forms, evidence of aftercare and guidance regarding follow-up.
RPEL – Recognition of Prior EducationLearning. This is a process for those who have existing experience in the industry to be eligible to fast track and to complete just the assessment. Suitable evidence will need to be presented of learning and cases undertaken within the last three years. Candidates can omit the study day. Completion of summative course work, the exam and also the final filmed assessment with still be undertaken.
Fast Track Cost – £4000 + VAT
Upon successful completion of all components of the course, you will be awarded the Level 7 Diploma in Injectables. Rapidly becoming the Gold Standard qualification in the area of non-surgical aesthetics, this will demonstrate a level of competence within the field.
This qualification is academically accredited, and nationally regulated by Ofqual, offering a post-graduate level of training for healthcare professionals wishing to move into the injectables field.
You will gain unrivalled levels of supervised, hands-on experience injecting real model patients, as well as access to the exclusive E-Interface learning platform to guide you through the theory and provide access to a video library of treatments.
You will be able to use your newly acquired knowledge and skills in a way that best suits you. This may involve working independently, or within an established clinic, either part-time around existing commitments or full-time as part of a new career journey.