The Level 7 Diploma in Aesthetics: Everything You Need to Know to Become a Safe & Trusted Aesthetic Practitioner

The Level 7 Diploma in Clinical Aesthetic Injectable Therapies is a qualification that was devised in order to standardise the quality and content of the training available to practitioners of non-surgical aesthetics procedures. Tighter general regulations on non-surgical interventions were implemented after a report by Health Education England (HEE) outlined the required levels of competence for all treatments in the industry. A regulatory framework was created collaboratively between a number of associations, enforced by two independent bodies – the Joint Council for Cosmetic Practitioners (JCCP) and the Cosmetic Practitioners’ Standards Authority (CPSA.)

In simple terms, this means that there are more stringent general regulations in place, limiting those who are able to satisfy the necessary standards for practice to those who are suitably qualified, and thereby increasing the safety of patients.

The Level 7 Diploma will now replace the Level 7 Certificate in Injectables for Aesthetic Medicine, which was previously awarded by Acquisition Aesthetics through Industry Qualifications. This certificate was withdrawn in June 2020 and is no longer available to new registrants.


Why would I choose to complete the Level 7 Diploma?

The Level 7 Diploma will provide delegates with a postgraduate level of understanding in a number of key areas within non-surgical aesthetics. This includes facial anatomy, skin physiology, and dermatological indications/contraindications of treatment.

Delegates will also learn how to undertake an effective consultation with patients including a systematic facial assessment. A deeper understanding of injection techniques will be achieved, as well as increased competence in complications management when working with toxin and dermal fillers.

Industry regulations are forecast to become even more robust in the coming months and years, with the Level 7 Diploma recognised from a legal and ethical perspective as the minimum accepted level of training for UK aesthetics practitioners.

Level 7 delegates are, therefore ‘future-proofing’ their training and practice; ensuring they will be compliant with the latest regulatory guidance and in line with GMC, GDC and NMC principles of practice.

  • Graduate with an extensive portfolio of evidence which you can showcase to future employers and clients.
  • Train under industry experts and benefit from their unique tips and insight.
  • Collect 400 CPD points towards your annual revalidation.


Who is the Awarding Organisation?

OTHM Qualifications are a UK based and internationally recognised Awarding Organisation approved and regulated by the Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation (OfQual). They have a wide global network of delivery centres that deliver a range of programmes. OTHM Qualifications is a forward-thinking organisation; supporting industry by providing excellent qualifications and enabling a highly qualified and experienced workforce.


I already started the Level 7 Certificate. Can I switch to the Diploma?

Absolutely. The Level 7 Certificate in Injectables for Aesthetic Medicine through the awarding body SFJ Awards still represents the gold-standard of Aesthetic Medicine training, and learners enrolled on this pathway prior to its withdrawal can still proceed with this qualification if they wish. For anyone considering a transition to the Level 7 Diploma, we would advise they move over to the new awarding body and complete the Level 7 Diploma through Recognition of Prior Learning. This method of assessment would allow the new awarding body to take into consideration all of the work you have already completed towards your Level 7 Certificate, and then advise on what additional work would be required in order for you to attain the Diploma. You would absolutely not be required to redo your coursework, and we would still encourage you to complete it as it will contribute to the Diploma.

As you will be aware, a level 7 qualification is a postgraduate level of study. Level 7 qualifications vary in terms of the qualification hours and credits required to achieve the qualification. An Award is usually 12 credits or more, a Certificate 13 to 36 credits and a Diploma is 37 or more credits. A Diploma represents a higher competency level and therefore requires more hours of study. Our level 7 Diploma is worth 60 credits at Level 7. Please note that due to the much higher level of qualification and the fees associated with the new awarding body, there would be an additional cost for this process.

Should you already be an experienced aesthetician looking to gain Level 7 accreditation, it may be possible for you to undertake this qualification via Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL). This pathway utilises a method of assessment (leading to the award of credit) that considers a candidate’s pre-existing knowledge and skills, negating the need for further training in that area.


What does the Level 7 Diploma involve?

  • Theoretical Training

Access is provided to an extensive library of online learning materials based upon key learning components highlighted by the HEE comprising lectures, literature papers, current evidence, guidelines, and forums. Theoretical learning and training videos provided are relevant to the learning objectives of the course, including references to other literature and case studies. All material is designed and written exclusively by Oral, Maxillofacial, Plastic, Dental, and Consultant Surgeons.

  • Practical Training

Foundation and Advanced training days in addition to focused mentoring sessions to complete your portfolio. Optional Complications, Tear Trough and Lip Augmentation masterclasses.

  • Academic Portfolio

Along with delegates’ own research and completion of theoretical training, there will be a requirement to complete an academic portfolio comprising referenced essays, a critical appraisal, and case studies.

  • Practical Portfolio

Your practical portfolio comprises a logbook facility to record all 40 procedures (20 observed and 20 performed) in toxin and dermal filler modalities. These 40 procedures are to be obtained on mentoring sessions with expert supervision, in small practical training groups. This will include DOPS (Direct Observation of Procedural Skills) – supervised learning and assessment of procedural skills.


Why should I undertake the Level 7 Diploma with Acquisition Aesthetics?

At Acquisition Aesthetics our main objectives are to improve training standards, regulations, and safety; ensuring our training advances the industry in a way that is measurable. Our passion for excellence combined with our surgical training inspired us to create this academy; providing a bespoke collection of comprehensive aesthetic courses for aspiring practitioners who share our ideals.


Faculty Expertise

Our directors believe in a multi-disciplinary team approach, meaning you will be taught by expert aestheticians, surgeons, and dentists. Our faculty not only practise in the aesthetics arena but continue to research and publish articles, attend conferences and exhibitions, and hold educational talks; whilst maintaining a first-rate understanding of anatomy and related competencies. Our academy brings together and collaborates with current industry leaders with years of expertise. As such,  the training we offer is second to none.



We understand that as health care professionals, you have a busy schedule. All of our training sessions are held on weekends and most are half days. All of our course materials and training videos can be remotely accessed via an e-learning portal for your convenience, maximising the practical training exposure on our courses. The Level 7 Diploma does not follow the traditional academic calendar – you can enrol and graduate at your convenience; perfect should your work commitments or personal circumstances change.


Continued Learning

Acquisition Aesthetics are proud to provide lifelong mentorship to all of our delegates, along with lifelong access to all of our learning materials and training videos. All of our graduates are also granted access to our exclusive online Graduate Group – a fantastic platform for networking and for seeking guidance from peers, Acquisition Aesthetics trainers, and other healthcare professionals in the industry.


Industry Partnerships

We work alongside some of the industry’s largest and most respected companies, including Galderma, Teoxane, and Hamilton Fraser, and as such, we offer our delegates exclusive discounts and priority booking with them. Our partners also include global pharmaceutical companies, insurance providers, skin-care brands and other training providers.


Flexible Payment Options

We offer flexible, interest-free payment plans for our level 7 aesthetics training. Need to take a break? No problem. Want to pay more up-front? We can accommodate. Just reach out to our friendly Level 7 team to discuss your circumstances.


Acquisition Aesthetics also organise the following for all enrolled Level 7 delegates:


  • Live models for all mentoring sessions
  • All products & all consumables
  • Portfolio materials – hard copy & digital
  • Consent & after-care forms
  • Treatment record forms
  • Full consent obtained from portfolio models for use in your future practice *

*Obtained consent not applicable to use on delegates’ social media platforms or other forms of media promotion


We encourage you to contact us for more information, and we welcome you to join Acquisition Aesthetics and begin your journey to becoming a Level 7 qualified aesthetic expert. Email or call 020 3514 8757 to speak to our friendly Level 7 team.

Recognition of Prior Learning is accepted for most components of the Level 7 Diploma, subject to satisfactory evidence of recognised prior clinical experience and theoretical understanding.

If you have previously completed any aesthetics study or courses, and/or you are currently practicing as an aesthetician, you may have already fulfilled components of the Level 7 Diploma. This could mean you are able to use our RPL package to achieve your diploma via a bespoke learning schedule. Contact our team to discuss your experience and requirements in more depth.



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