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Duration: 
4 years full time or longer for part time
Location: 
Delivery mode: 
Blended
Face to Face

Applications for this course are not being taken at this time

Overview

Enter a new and exciting industry with this Bachelor of Dermal Sciences course. Graduates of this course provide competent, efficient and compassionate clinical care in the dermal profession.

This course will help you to develop a comprehensive foundation knowledge in all areas of dermal science and the skills to perform safe and effective dermal treatments. Dermal procedures covered include a range of laser and light based treatments, resurfacing procedures, lymphatic procedures. You will also learn how to provide pre and post-operative care for clients who have undergone plastic, reconstructive and cosmetic procedures.

During the course you will undertake clinical training in a variety of settings. You will learn to identify, evaluate and manage the physical, psychological and social needs of clients and members of the community undergoing dermal assessment and treatment for conditions such as:

  • wound healing
  • scarring
  • pre/post-operative skin care
  • fluid retention
  • inflammatory conditions
  • skin conditions such as acne, psoriasis and rosacea
  • uneven skin tone and pigmentation
  • ageing or sun damaged skin
  • removal of excess hair, tattoos, skin tags and leg veins.

The Dermal Sciences degree also provides a seamless transition from Vocational Education (TAFE) into the Higher Education qualification. It gives qualified beauty therapists the opportunity to establish and develop knowledge and skills in advanced dermal therapy treatments, and receive additional training such as para-medical dermal care.

Careers in dermal sciences

The dermal therapies industry is growing rapidly as consumer demand increases. In response, our course is designed in collaboration with industry and the Australian Society of Dermal Clinicians to include the latest technological developments, theory and hands-on experience to ensure you’re work ready.

Job titles

  • Dermal therapist
  • Dermal clinician.

Organisations employing dermal therapy graduates

Dermal Therapists can work independently or hand-in-hand with reconstructive and aesthetic surgeons, dermatologists and general practitioners in clinics, medical practices, advanced beauty and cosmetic settings.

  • Working in plastic, cosmetic and dermatology medical practices
  • Working in dermal therapies clinics, performing aesthetic medical treatments, such as laser, on clients
  • Work together with plastic and cosmetic surgeons as well as other healthcare and allied health professionals to enhance aesthetic outcomes in areas like cosmetic, plastic and re-constructive surgery
  • Work in the vocational education sector as beauty educators
  • Conducting training for medical aesthetic companies.

Employment rates

You will be in high demand with this qualification, with an ageing population and increasing popularity of cosmetic treatments in Australia.

Practical placements

An important component of this course is clinical practice in a wide variety of dermal treatments at our Dermal Clinic. You will gain hands-on experience using some of the most advanced, evidenced based technologies available to give you confidence and an industry edge. 

You will practice these under supervision and will also be given external placement opportunities. 

Course structure

To attain the Bachelor of Dermal Sciences, students are required to complete 384 credit points consisting of:

  • 96 credit points of Core First Year College and Core Professional Dermal Science studies;

  • 288 credit points of Core Professional Dermal Science studies.

In fourth (4) Year of second semester, students will have the option of completing either of the following units:

  • HBD4204 Group Research and Independent Project 2 (Capstone unit);

  • HIP4001 Interprofessional Practice.

First Year Core units

Year 2

Semester 1:

Semester 2:

Year 3

Semester 1:

Semester 2:

Year 4

Semester 1:

(HBD4104 is a Capstone Unit)

Semester 2:

(HBD4204 is a Capstone Unit)

OR:

We've changed the way we teach our courses, so that you experience a first year like no other - focused on you and your success.

From 2018, the first-year of this bachelor degree* will see units delivered one at a time, in four-week blocks. This means you won't have to juggle the deadlines and demands of studying multiple units at once. Instead you'll complete one unit before moving on to the next.

All units will be conducted in small class sizes with three face-to-face sessions per week. This means you will get more one-on-one time with your teachers.

You will have access to different learning and teaching methods including:

  • online
  • educator-led delivery
  • tutorials
  • group work
  • laboratory and practical work (where it applies).

You will have access to additional activities designed to extend and improve your skills. These activities foster the skills you need to be an adaptable, resilient, confident and competent learner and employee.

Find out more about our First Year Model.

* Melbourne-based campuses only

On successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Identify, evaluate and manage the physical, psychological and social needs of clients and members of the community undergoing dermal assessment and treatment, and apply problem solving skills when planning and implementing out-of-clinic care;  
  2. Perform dermal skills and techniques within dermal protocols and exhibit knowledge of dermal science necessary for safe, efficient and effective practice within dermal clinic environments;  
  3. Interpret the dermal needs of clients and members of the community within a holistic framework and apply an integrated holistic approach in dermal practice;  
  4. Manage themselves effectively and safely as an independent practitioner and as a member of a health care team in a dermal environment;  
  5. Predict and respond effectively to relevant issues relating to socially and culturally diverse communities when providing dermal services;  
  6. Critically review current research and developments in dermal practice and evaluate their implications for dermal therapists and the profession.  

What's a unit?

A unit or 'subject' is the actual class you'll attend in the process of completing a course.

Most courses have a mixture of compulsory 'core' units that you need to take, and optional \'elective\' units that you can choose to take based on your area of interest, expertise or experience.

Credits

Each unit is worth a set amount of study credits based on the amount of time you study. Generally, 1 credit is equal to 1 hour of study per week.

Fees & scholarships

Fee type: Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP)

The amount you pay for your course depends on whether you’re a Commonwealth supported student or full-fee paying.

If you enrol in a:

To calculate the total cost of your course:

  1. Select which units you’d like to study.
  2. Look up the individual unit costs in the higher education unit of study fees list.
  3. Add up the relevant amounts.

Scholarships & assistance

Apply for a scholarship to help with your study costs.

We can help with fee assistance and advice.

Admission & pathways

Meeting the minimum admission requirements does not guarantee you entry into this course.

Some courses receive more applications than the number of places available. In this situation we will also assess your education, work and other relevant experience.

If you do not meet the minimum requirements you may be eligible for one of our special admission programs. We also encourage you to explore our study pathways to help you reach your goal.

  • TAFE: <b>Year Two (2) Entry:</b>
    Completion of a cognate (similar discipline) Australian Diploma or Advanced Diploma (or equivalent) will be granted advanced standing of a maximum 96 credit points (Diploma) or 144 credit points (Advanced Diploma).
    OR
    Completion of a non-cognate (not similar) Australian (or equivalent) Diploma or Advanced Diploma will be granted advanced standing on a case-by-case basis.

    Applicants with other qualifications such as Cert IV in Beauty Services or Diploma of Nursing will also be considered and entry points will be mapped accordingly.

  • Year 12: <b>Year One (1) Entry Only:</b>
    Completion of an Australian Senior Secondary Certificate (VCE or equivalent) including Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 25 in English (EAL) or 20 in any other English.
  • Mature: <b>Year One (1) Entry:</b>
    Applicants with relevant work, education and/or community experience will be considered for admission to the course.

There are many ways you can start your education journey at VU. Pathways offer an easy transition between courses at different levels, so that you can start with a certificate and progress right through to postgraduate study.

If you have completed any of the following course(s), you will be guaranteed a place in this degree. In some cases you may receive credit for your previous study, reducing the time it takes to complete your course.

You will be credited for up to 96 credit points of study.

You will be guaranteed entry only.

You will be guaranteed entry only.

Find out more about pathways and credits.

If you have completed any of the following course(s), you will be guaranteed a place in this degree. In some cases you may receive credit for your previous study, reducing the time it takes to complete your course.

Diploma of Beauty Therapy

The Gordon

You will be credited for up to 96 credit points of study.

Diploma of Beauty Therapy (Relaxation Massage)

TAFESA

You will be credited for up to 96 credit points of study.

Diploma of Beauty Therapy (Spa Treatments)

TAFESA

You will be credited for up to 96 credit points of study.

Diploma of Beauty Therapy (with Electrolysis)

Ella Bache College of Skin and Beauty Therapy

You will be credited for up to 96 credit points of study.

Diploma of Beauty Therapy (with Electrolysis)

Elly Lukas Beauty Therapy College

You will be credited for up to 96 credit points of study.

Diploma of Beauty Therapy (with Electrolysis)

Australian Academy of Beauty and Spa Therapy

You will be credited for up to 96 credit points of study.

Diploma of Beauty Therapy (with Electrolysis)

Bendigo Kangan Institute

You will be credited for up to 96 credit points of study.

Diploma of Beauty Therapy (with Electrolysis)

TAFENSW

You will be credited for up to 96 credit points of study.

Diploma of Beauty Therapy (with Electrolysis)

Bendigo Kangan Institute

You will be credited for up to 96 credit points of study.

Diploma of Beauty Therapy (with Electrolysis)

Ella Bache College of Skin and Beauty Therapy

You will be credited for up to 96 credit points of study.

Diploma of Beauty Therapy (with Electrolysis)

TAFENSW

You will be credited for up to 96 credit points of study.

Diploma of Beauty Therapy (with Electrolysis)

Australian Academy of Beauty and Spa Therapy

You will be credited for up to 96 credit points of study.

Diploma of Beauty Therapy (with Electrolysis)

Elly Lukas Beauty Therapy College

You will be credited for up to 96 credit points of study.

Diploma of Beauty Therapy (without Electrolysis)

TAFENSW

You will be credited for up to 84 credit points of study.

Diploma of Beauty Therapy (without Electrolysis)

TAFENSW

You will be credited for up to 84 credit points of study.

Diploma of Beauty Therapy (without Electrolysis)

Elly Lukas Beauty Therapy College

You will be credited for up to 84 credit points of study.

Diploma of Beauty Therapy (without Electrolysis)

Ella Bache College of Skin and Beauty Therapy

You will be credited for up to 84 credit points of study.

Diploma of Beauty Therapy (without Electrolysis)

Elly Lukas Beauty Therapy College

You will be credited for up to 84 credit points of study.

Diploma of Beauty Therapy (without Electrolysis)

Ella Bache College of Skin and Beauty Therapy

You will be credited for up to 84 credit points of study.

Diploma of Beauty Therapy (without Electrolysis)

Bendigo Kangan Institute

You will be credited for up to 84 credit points of study.

Diploma of Beauty Therapy (without Electrolysis)

Bendigo Kangan Institute

You will be credited for up to 84 credit points of study.

Diploma of Beauty Therapy (without Electrolysis)

Australian Academy of Beauty and Spa Therapy

You will be credited for up to 84 credit points of study.

Diploma of Beauty Therapy (without Electrolysis)

Australian Academy of Beauty and Spa Therapy

You will be credited for up to 84 credit points of study.

Graduate Certificate in Intense Pulsed Light and Laser Hair Reduction

Ella Bache College of Skin and Beauty Therapy

You will be credited for up to 24 credit points of study.

Graduate Certificate in Intense Pulsed Light and Laser Hair Reduction

Australian Academy of Beauty and Spa Therapy

You will be credited for up to 24 credit points of study.

Find out more about pathways and credits.

If you have completed study with another university or institution and believe you are eligible to receive credit for skills and past study, you can apply for advanced standing.

Applications for advanced standing can be made after a discussion with your course coordinator or academic adviser.

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