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The Short Answer Response (SAR) Assignment

Welcome to Stage 1 of the Assessment Process 

Please note: Learners who have received pre-approved exemption against stage 1 – the Short Answer Response through recognition of RPEL with a MAP-IQ assessor can proceed straight to stage 2 of the assessment process. All other learners must complete the Short Answer Response assignment.

The SAR assessment requires learners to provide responses to four short answer questions associated with clinical aesthetic practice. The subject areas for this assessment process are aligned to the learning outcomes for Unit 1 and Unit 2 which are listed below


LO 1 – Understand the historical, economic and ethical contexts of aesthetic medicine.

LO 2 – Understand the significance of regulation and the role of the regulators within the context of aesthetic medicine.

LO 3 – Understand the key marketing responsibilities in relation to aesthetic medicine.

LO 4 – Understand the health safety requirements associated with aesthetic medicine

LO 1 – Understand the professional responsibilities of healthcare practitioners, in the context of medical aesthetics.

LO 2 – Understand professional responsibilities for pre and post procedural patient consultation.

LO 3 – Understand factors relating to medical aesthetic and appearance psychology.

LO 4 – Understand the role of topical skin care in skin health and appearance.

LO 5 – Use professional judgement to assess patient suitability for treatment.


You will find a copy of the VTCT Short Answer Response (SAR) assignment brief here.  


We strongly recommend that you read through the assignment brief and the sessions below to support and guide you through the SAR assessment stage.

(S1) Proceed to stage 2 assessment

The VTCT Assignment Brief is provided to guide you through the SAR assessment process. The assessment brief also includes indicative assessment markers that will be used by MAP-IQ assessors to grade your assignment. MAP-IQ recommends that you focus your responses on the assessment markers and cross-check against your written responses to ensure you have everything covered, 

The Short Answer Response Assessment Brief can be found here.

Please ensure you have read and adhere to the assignment brief when completing the assignment. We also recommend that you read through the sections below before you complete and submit your assignment. The assignment should be completed using a word document and uploaded via the assignment upload section below. 

You should now proceed to the sessions below which will guide you through this assessment process.

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