Beauty Therapists who have trained with ITEC/CIBTAC or CIDESCO readily agree that the gap in their knowledge between Beauty Therapy and Aesthetic Treatments was until now difficult to aquire. ITEC/VTCT developed this course as they too listened and recognized the need to provide a knowledge-based Theory course to allow Beauty Therapists, Nurses, Pharmacists and other Medical practitioners to gain the knowledge, skills and confidence to make the move to Adanced Treatments in the area of Aesthetic.

The main aim of the ITEC Level 4 Certificate in Advanced Skincare is to enable students to gain the necessary theoretical knowledge in order to provide Advanced Skincare treatments to the general public and to gain employment in the Beauty Therapy Industry. We have combined the Advanced Skincare Theoretical courses with practical Modules to allow for a full Holistic Training Eperience.

Advanced Skin Care /Aesthetic Treatments – our Opinion

The Aesthetic Industry is booming, new clinics like SISU and THERAPIE are opening up new Branches all over Ireland and the UK and the demand for Aesthetic Therapists is growing daily.  Salaries are improving as the level of education and  training required to excel in this area is finally being recognised.

However there is a gap in the knowledge and skills that to date has not been recognized by the examining bodies.  Finally ITEC under the new ownership of VTCT introduced a suite of new Advanced Aesthetic Courses which address some of these issues.  We are delighted to be one of the First Schools in Ireland to be accredited to run these courses.

We have invested heavily in the development of our own material to compliment the syllabus requirements.  We are also the only School to combine courses to maximise the learning of both Theory and practical.

Traditional Beauty Therapy Courses such as CIDESCO and Beauty Specialists have been taught for over 50 years in Beauty Schools throughout Ireland and the UK, however times are changing and the knowledge that was offered in these courses is  simply not enough to allow a Therapist to work with confidence in a more Aesthetic Environment.

Continuous Professional Development is a requirement in many Industries, however unfortunately, due to lack of legislation,  it is currently not a requirement in the Beauty Industry.  There are more and more horror stories of highly advanced treatments being offered by un-trained Therapists.  Some of the these treatments should only ever be offered by a fully qualified medical professional and not a Beauty Therapist.

However, the number of Treatments that a Therapist can offer are considerable and the knowledge needed to offer a full and considered skin analysis, prior to any treatment plan, requires, knowledge, experience and confidence.  This can now be acquired through training.

We are excited to offer a full path-way for success in the Aesthetic Industry, it will take some time and investment to reach the level that we feel is the minimum to work in this exciting, highly skilled area of the Beauty/Skin Industry.

Our tutors are all fully qualified  with many years of experience. Any of the courses that we offer have been tried and tested in the Schools before we have launched them.   Talk to us about how we can help you to reach your goals.

Advanced Skin Care ITEC Level 4 with Level 3 Certificate in Peels

This course is the bridge between Beauty/Nursing and Aesthetic Treatments.

It will combine, classroom Theory, home research and study, Laboratory style experiment’s, report writing, case study work, assignments and finally a practical and a theory exam.

The Focus of the Course is to enhance the knowledge and learning that Therapists may already have to allow them progress to more advanced skin analysis combined with ingredient knowledge and expertise to design a full skin care treatment programme for any client.

We have combined 2 of the ITEC level 3 & 4  Theory based Advanced Skin Care modules to offer the most advanced study of the  skin  combined with product ingredients that is currently on offer to Aesthetic students.

The syllabus will include:

  • Dermatology and microbiology – to include anatomical structures of the skin, nails and hair, functions of the skin, nails and hair, changes in the skin associated with ageing, skin types, signs and causes of infectious and non-infectious diseases and disorders, culturing of bacteria
  • Physiology of ageing – to include the characteristics and nature of ageing, the causes and effects of ageing of the skin, degenerative disorders of the skin, how Beauty Therapy treatments and products may delay the ageing process
  • The chemistry of hair and beauty products – to include ingredients, effects and safe use, packaging materials and the properties and effects of ultraviolet radiation on hair and beauty products.

Advanced Skin Consultation

  • Unit 1: Principles & practices of non-medical aesthetic therapies
  • Understand the developments of non-medical aesthetic therapies
  • Treatments within level 4 remit – medical & non medical procedures
  • Commonly available non-medical aesthetic therapies
  • Importance of professional conduct in non-medical aesthetic therapies
  • Know the Key regulations, legislative influences & responsibilities relating to non-medical aesthetic therapies
  • Unit 2: Advanced Consultation for non-medical aesthetic therapies
  • Methods of communication when dealing with clients and colleagues
  • Understanding methods and processes for gaining information
  • Know the importance of carrying out a through consultation
  • Understanding the legal requirements for completing consultation
  • Know the information required when completing a consultation
  • Information which must be given to the client prior to advanced aesthetic therapies
  • Physiological factors which may influence advanced aesthetic procedures
  • Know the requirements for recording procedures
  • Unit 3 Advanced Skincare for non-medical aesthetic therapies
  • Understand the physiology of skin
  • Effects of nutrition, illness and medication on skin health
  • Benefits & limitations of treatments and products considered to delay ageing process
  • Pathological conditions of the skin which may occur as a result of ageing
  • How ageing effects the repair mechanism of the skin
  • Understanding and explaining Advanced skin assessment
  • How to prepare advanced skin assessment
  • Provide advanced skin assessment
  • Unit 4: Advanced Skin Conditions & how to treat
  • Anatomy & Physiology of the skin
  • We show students how to analyse skin precisely and scientifically, this includes:
  • The anatomy and histology of skin
  • A layer by layer analysis of the epidermis
  • Structural changes associated with eczema, dry skin and psoriasis
  • The importance of DEJ (dermal epidermal junction) in skin ageing

Skin Conditions

  • Cause and effects of ageing on the body systems
  • Understanding photo-aging and pigmentation
  • The real cause of rosacea and how to treat it
  • Acne- how it develops and how to treat
  • Hormonal influence on skin health and condition with a focus on puberty, pregnancy and menopause
  • Sensitive/sensitised skin
  • Advanced active ingredients
  • Science behind cosmeceuticals ingredients
  • Index of active ingredients

Combination Therapy

  • Advanced skin treatments best results on which skin conditions
  • How best to combine advanced skin treatments in one treatment
  • Incorporating diet in your clients treatment


5 Assignments to be completed

Entrance requirements:  A recognised qualification and experience with Level 2 Facials, a Level 3 in Anatomy & Physiology is also highly recommended.  This may be completed before or during the course through our on-line learning modules.


  • College-based practical lessons
  • Theory Lessons
  • Client Salon Sessions


  • Practical Exams
  • Theory – MCQ (Multiple Choice Questions)
  • 5 Case Studies
  • 5 Assignment
  • Portfolio of evidence


  • ITEC Level 4 Certificate in Advanced Skincare
  • ITEC Level 4 Certificate in Peels