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Tips for choosing a L5 and/or L7 Aesthetics Qualification

The pressing question on the minds of aesthetic practitioners revolves around the anticipated government regulations impacting aesthetic practices. The current lack of clarity has led to speculation about the potential implications of the proposed traffic light system and the prerequisites for obtaining a full license to administer aesthetic treatments. While some practitioners have already pursued Level 5/7 qualifications, others are delaying enrollment until there is more clarity from the government. This uncertainty has left practitioners at various stages, with some in the middle of their qualifications and others eager to commence Level 5 and Level 7 Aesthetic Practice courses.

Before committing to a Level 5/7 Qualify Training Course, individuals contemplating enrollment should consider certain factors. While the prospect of advancing through Level 5 and 7 work is exciting, it can pose challenges for individuals, including those who have not studied for a while or have competing commitments such as full-time work and family responsibilities. This challenge is not exclusive to a particular group and can affect nurses, non-nurses, industry beginners, and even those proficient with needles and cannulas.

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Recognizing the diversity in individuals’ schedules and study backgrounds, thorough research and inquiry about the academic support provided by an academy are crucial. Many students express dissatisfaction due to insufficient support, with some academies merely providing study materials and leaving learners to complete assignments independently. Given the substantial cost of these courses, it is imperative to ensure that the educational investment is justified and that learners receive adequate support.


A significant concern arises when students, especially those who haven’t studied or engaged in academic work for years, require additional support that the academy staff may not be equipped to provide. Some academies utilize staff without proper teacher training, possessing only AET Level 3 qualifications. Prospective students should inquire about the qualifications and skill set of staff involved in coordinating the program to ensure they receive the necessary support.


Basic academic skills, such as writing using systems like Harvard Referencing, structuring work, and understanding command words, are prerequisites for courses at this level. Individuals anticipating difficulty with these aspects should inquire about the academy’s support mechanisms. Whether an individual is an experienced nurse prescriber, a specialist nurse lacking a degree, or a beginner with minimal academic exposure, questions about support are essential to choosing the most suitable course and obtaining the necessary qualifications.


Researching academies and tutors thoroughly is crucial, and prospective students should request to speak to learners already enrolled in the course for their insights. While some academies may boast large social media followings and impressive aesthetic results, the best ones for delivering qualifications may not necessarily align with these criteria. Questions about available support, communication methods, and the structure of the course are vital in making an informed decision.


Additional questions regarding individual tutor assignment, speed of work marking, course structure, marking and IQA processes, unit delivery methods, access to SAQs and assignments, feedback detail, and support for writing and referencing should be addressed. The qualification level of tutors, particularly whether they hold Level 5 and 7 in aesthetic practice, is crucial. While budget considerations are relevant, the emphasis should not solely be on cost, as opting for a cheap course may compromise the level of support and understanding of course content.


For those considering a direct entry into a Level 7 course without completing the Level 5 course, thoughtful consideration is necessary. Insights from IQA and Assessing experiences reveal that individuals who skip Level 5 and directly pursue Level 7 often struggle with the coursework, expressing regrets about not completing Level 5 first. Individuals with health qualifications enabling direct entry into Level 7 should assess potential gaps in their learning, especially if they only hold CPD certificates for aesthetic practice.


In conclusion, individuals must weigh various factors before enrolling in Level 5/7 Qualifi Training Courses. Thorough research, inquiries about support mechanisms, and consideration of individual needs and qualifications are essential to making an informed decision and maximizing the educational investment.

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I create stunning results for clients and have trained hundreds of successful practitioners across the UK with a focus on safety and excellence.

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