What is it?
The purpose of a case study is to apply the concepts and theories you have learnt about to a real life situation
or scenario. A case study requires you to identify and research problems and issues and make
recommendations for solutions.
How do I write it?
You are being asked to research and document a case study of your treatment plan for a patient’s journey
through an aesthetic surgical procedure.
The case study must:
· Describe the surgical procedure and why this is being undertaken
· Discuss the implications of the surgery (i.e. physical, financial and psychological implications)
· Detail the pre-operative care delivered per week
· Describe the post-operative skin care protocols employed by week
· Differentiate different protocols and justify why course of action was instigated
At this level, try not to simply describe. You need to evaluate. For example, it is not enough to merely
explain the pre-operative care that should be delivered each week. You need to tell us why this is the right
course of action, based on the research. To be more analytical and critical, each time you make a point, ask
yourself: Why is this important? What does this lead to? What are the consequences if this isn’t done
correctly? Don’t forget – you are recommending that this procedure is the correct one for this client – all your
points should be building to this.
Case studies are organised into sections with headings and subheadings. The headings should be based on
your assessment question.
Step 1: Highlight the key words in the assessment question.
Step 2: Choose an aesthetic surgical procedure you want to focus on. It should be one that interests you and
that you can find plenty of information about.
Step 3: Divide 2000 words into how many paragraphs you will need (approx. 15 paragraphs, so 13 body
paragraphs plus introduction and conclusion).
Please note: You cannot give personal opinions in this assessment, or use language such as ‘I think…’ or “I
feel…’ Your information needs to come from reliable academic sources and be referenced correctly. You will
need approximately 15 references for a 2500 word assessment. You can use more if you wish.
You will find these in your subject outline. These criteria tell you what your grades will be based on, so
please read them carefully! Ensure that PRIOR to submitting your assessment, that your assessment
addresses each of the grading criteria.