Information on this page is for Australian residents

Start date:
25 February 2019
ATAR:
Not required*
*Offers made in 2018. More about ATAR
Duration: 
4 years full time or longer for part time
Location: 

Overview

Enter a new and exciting industry with a Dermal Sciences degree at VU. Graduates provide competent, efficient and compassionate clinical care in the dermal profession.

This course helps you develop a comprehensive foundation knowledge in all areas of dermal science. You will learn the skills to perform safe and effective dermal treatments.

Dermal procedures covered include:

  • 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 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.

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.

VU’s Learning Hubs are welcoming spaces where you can improve your study and employability skills.

Our students can attend Learning Hubs at one of five VU campuses.

We offer maths, writing, careers and English-language advice and can show you effective ways to study and manage your time.

Our programs include:

  • workshops
  • drop-in sessions
  • peer mentoring
  • maths and writing resources
  • resume and career guidance.

We also have accessibility support services and counselling services available to all students.

Delivery mode

Blended, Face to Face

Need some advice?

Request a call back from one of our experienced VUHQ course advisers to get your questions answered.

Request a call back

Already a VU student?

To transfer into this course from another apply online at our Admissions centre.

Remember it’s best to be accepted into your new course before withdrawing from your current one.

Industry recognition

Graduates of this course are eligible to apply for full membership of the Australian Society of Dermal Clinicians.

Information sessions

Information sessions are being held for this course at City Queen Campus and online.

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.

Potential career opportunities include:

  • 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.

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.

Admissions

Victoria University is committed to providing a transparent admissions process. Find out more about the university admission requirements for all applicants, and our commitment to admissions transparency.

Admission requirements

Applicants for this degree will need to have met the academic requirements and prerequisites for this course outlined below.

The minimum criteria for admission varies depending on your education background. If you’re not sure which criteria applies to you, use the help tool on this page or make an enquiry and we can assist.

Applicants with recent secondary education (within the last 2 years)

  • Australian Senior Secondary Certificate (e.g. VCE) or
  • an Australian or overseas equivalent or
  • an International Baccalaureate (IB).

Importance of ATAR for this course

ATAR+

We consider both ATAR and other criteria

NA

ATAR is not a consideration. We use other criteria

Why is ATAR not applicable?

You will not need an ATAR score to meet the admission requirements for this course. Only the successful completion of your secondary school studies, and any additional prerequisites. Our courses and support programs are designed to prepare students from diverse cultures for success, regardless of their prior experience, ATAR, age, socioeconomic or educational background.

Entry requirements

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.

Special admission programs

Special admission programs are available to applicants who may come from a disadvantaged social, economic or cultural environment. These include:

  • Special Entry Access Scheme (SEAS) for VTAC applicants
  • Early Entry Offer Program (EEOP)
  • Special Consideration

Applicants with vocational education and training (VET/TAFE) study

This information is for people who have completed an accredited award at an Australian Registered Training Organisation.

Entry requirements

Completion of an Australian Advanced Diploma or Diploma (or equivalent).
OR:
Completion of the Certificate IV in Tertiary Preparation (or equivalent).

Applicants with higher education study

This information is for people who have completed an Australian Senior Secondary Certificate (VCE or equivalent) and have also completed:

  • a higher education (university) qualification OR
  • at least 6 months of continuous study in an undergraduate or higher qualification, at an Australian university within the last 5 years.

Entry requirements

Full or partial completion of an Australian Higher Education award (or equivalent).
OR:
Completion of a single unit of Higher Education studies.
OR:
Completion of a bridging or enabling course eg. Foundation course or equivalent.

Applicants with work & life experience

This information is for applicants who left secondary school more than 2 years ago and do not have any formal academic history.

Entry requirements

Five years (minimum) work/life experience in Health Sciences or similar.
OR:
Applicants that completed an Australian Senior Secondary Certificate more than two years ago.
PLUS:
Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 25 in English (EAL) or 20 in any other English (or equivalent).

Additional requirements

Police check: Students must complete a National Police Records check prior to undertaking clinical practice & placements.

Working with Children Check: Students must complete a working with children check prior to undertaking clinical practice & placements.

Health Status: Students must be prepared to declare their health and immunisation status prior to undertaking clinical practice & placements.

Pathways & credits

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 course. 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 course. 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.

How to apply

Before you apply

Before applying, you should consider whether you also want to apply for:

  • Special admission programs: Depending on your life circumstances you may be eligible for special consideration of your application.
  • Advanced standing: If you have significant experience or studies elsewhere you may be eligible for credit for some units of your course and not have to undertake them.

Apply through VTAC

You should apply through VTAC if you:

  • are applying for more than one course
  • are completing Year 12 in 2018
  • have an existing VTAC application to study in 2019

VTAC course code: 4300641151

VTAC timely applications are due 27 September 2018.

Apply via VTAC

Special Entry Access Scheme

We encourage students who would like their life circumstances to be given special consideration during the application process to also submit a VTAC Special Entry Access Scheme (SEAS) application.

Apply direct to VU

You should apply direct to VU if you are:

  • only applying for this course; and
  • not completing Year 12

If you have already applied through VTAC you must not apply directly to VU.

Direct applications are due on 17 February 2019 for our next intake which starts on 25 February 2019.

Apply direct to VU

After you apply

  • It’s important to check for emails from us (remember to check your Spam folder).
  • Complete any requests for information by the given dates, otherwise your application may not be considered

Enquire now

Please fill out the form below, and we'll get back to you shortly.

Information marked with an asterisk * is required.

At Victoria University, we aim to display accurate and complete course information online. However, we are unable to guarantee that every course change is currently displayed. You may contact the University directly on +61 3 9919 6100 to confirm the most up-to-date course fees, pathways and credit transfer, recognition of prior learning, admission and enrolment procedures, examinations and services available to our students.