Level 7 Certificate in Cosmetic InjectablesOn successful completion of training, delegates will receive accredited level 7 Certificate in Injectables for Aesthetic Medicine.
BCAM & HEE Accredited CoursesOur aesthetic training courses are designed to satisfy the latest HEE & GMC Guidelines for Aesthetic Medicine.
More Live Cosmetic ModelsAll our courses include 50% practical work on live models with over 30 cosmetic models on each combined training weekend.
Landmark Based TrainingLearn safe injection zones using our easy to follow landmark based training system to minimise complications.
Great Employment OpportunitiesWe partner with clinics and aesthetic recruiters across the UK to give you access to full and part time practitioner vacancies.
Business AdviceUseful tips, insight and aftercare advice on setting up as a mobile practitioner or opening up your own clinic.
CPD AccreditedYou will earn 8 CPD points for each training day you complete with Derma Medical
World Class Training FacilitiesWe train at prestigious Venues in London, Manchester, Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth, Stockholm, and Dubai.
Aftercare Support3 months of post course aftercare advice from our team of aesthetic doctors to help you get started.
RECENT FACEBOOK REVIEWS FROM TRAINING DELEGATES
I just wanted to say a huge thank you to Dr G and Dr Rami for a fantastic weekend. I've been on the foundation and advanced Botox and fillers training this weekend and have learned loads. they are both excellent trainers and very skilled and knowledgeable. I can't wait to get started, got people messaging already for treatment. Thanks again to all the team involved in providing this training. I look forward to advancing my skills further with you in the future. X
I went on the lips masterclass today - it was really informative and the practical sessions were easy to understand. Can’t wait to practice next week and I’m looking forward to the advanced botox and fillers day as well 👍🏻 Thank you to the trainers and our lovely lunch as well
Fantastic training thank you. Clear content, delivery and supporting information. High standard professional training encompassing technical skills, safety and ethical considerations. Lots of hands on training and techniques. Anyone thinking of doing it book it now as the courses fill up quickly. Dr Ally and his team are highly regarded in the industry and it was a privilege to be trained by them.
I recently completed the Advanced Masterclass in Facial Contouring. It was a great day with enough theoretical knowledge to remind me of everything I need to remember and be aware of, as well as numerous opportunities to practice the clinical skills I wish to improve and become more confident with. Dr Zack and Dr Cam are brilliant. They shared so much of their knowledge and skills, and their passion for teaching is obvious. New injectors as well as experienced injectors will all benefit from this Masterclass and I can't recommend it enough!
Been on the advanced lip augmentation course today and just want to say a huge thank you to Zack for the fantastic training today. Was very nervous as was my first course but with his guidance and the models I am feeling confident in moving forward in offering this service. Can’t wait for my next course in August �
Derma Medical Courses Are Amazing!
I have been meaning to write this review for a long time as I have completed so many CDP courses with Derma Medical. Derma Medical trains Doctors, Dentists, Nurses, Midwives, Dental Hygienists, Dental Therapists, Paramedics and Operating Department Practitioner‘s. I can honestly say I was very impressed with the CDP courses as they teach small groups so everyone gets to treat a real client, and you get lots of guidance from the Trainer Doctors because it’s a small group.
All the Trainer Doctors work in Clinics themselves so they have all the experience and knowledge working in Aesthetics Clinics. All the Trainer Doctors are passionate about the industry and they genuinely love their jobs. They are very nice and genuine too. This includes Dr Zack Ally, Dr Sanah, Dr Rami, Dr Chike, Dr Harriet, Dr Kam and Dr Amrit.
Derma Medical offer the Foundation Botox and Filler, Advanced Botox and Filler, Combined Botox and Filler, Advance Masterclass of Complete Facial Contouring, Lip Filler Masterclass, Masterclass Expert Complete Cosmetic Clinician Package, PDO Thread Lifting, Level 7 Certificates State 2 Supervised Treatment, Level 7 Certificate Stage 3. Derma Medical are also doing the Medical Legal Course which I also looking forward to attending.
I enjoy all the courses with Derma Medical but my favourites were the Lip Masterclass because you learned so many techniques that you can at least use one of the techniques to do amazingly lip work and the Advance Masterclass which includes tear troughs, cheek shaping, noses and profiles. Thank you Dr Zack Ally for all your expertise and you are truly a lovely person too and so talented.
Allison Jeffery - Designer Lips™
I just completed the Foundation and Advanced Course in Botox and dermal fillers this weekend, and was so impressed with the quality of the excellent trainers, the access to hands-on experience and the emphasis on individualised treatments and safety first at all times. Can’t recommend Derma Medical highly enough!
Such an informative and well designed course. I was so satisfied with every aspect of it. To get hands on experience was amazing and I left feeling confident. They truly are artists in their profession and I’m delighted to have learned from Dr Zack and his colleagues. I would highly recommend it.
I attended the masterclasses in London at the weekend. What an amazing team of professionals, knowledge and confidence was visible throughout. I really enjoyed my course and would highly recommend others to this course. Very keen to do future courses with yourselves once again. The amount of models was excellent compared to previous courses I had been on. Thanks to all those involved and look forward to seen you guys again
I have been to three courses by Derma Medical so far and they have all been of excellent quality. As a doctor I think a good knowledge in anatomy is essential for anyone considering Aesthetics, which is what Dr Zack and his excellent team provide on his courses. I strongly recommend anyone in this field of practice to attend Derma Medical courses. Besides the courses are a lot of fun! There is an abundance of live models and techniques to practice!
Dr Hanieh Asadi
Top, top, top quality training from extremely knowledgable faculty members. Really well organised, small group teaching, ample time to ask any questions about technical and logistical aspects of aesthetic medicine and business. Loads of hands on experience and extra ‘tips and tricks’ on the Masterclass training. Very highly recommended. Booking on for my next course very soon.
I did the foundation/advanced botox & dermal filler course and I am so happy I chose derma medical. The training was amazing and I got lots of experience on models. The team were also really lovely and helpful and I cannot wait to book myself onto the masterclass!! Thank you so much. xxxx
If you’re going to have Aesthetics training you might as well have it with the best. Excellent trainers and fantastic facilities combined with valuable hands on experience puts this team and course above other. Go for it ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Hi there, I have just finished combined course for Botox and dermal fillers, could not have better one! So happy I chose training with dr. Zack and his team, found them all very approachable and helpful! The training is presented very good,could not recommend more! Thank you! So excited for my new experiences!!
Literally artists �not only did I attend this fantastic course I have become Zack and Sanah’s patient! The course is hands on and you gain confidence with close guidance form highly skilled Doctors who give you step by step training. I’m so thrilled I completed this course and have since set up my own successful business. I am so looking forward to attending some master classes soon. Thank you Dermamedical you are the best �
Many Thanks to Zack, Sanah and their team, for such a great 2 days. The course was excellent and I enjoyed every minute of it! I can't wait to get started and am looking forward to durthering my training with a "lip masterclass" soon.
Excellent training. Very professional, friendly, caring and supportive team. I would 100% recommend Dema Medical to all medical practitioners wanting to pursue career in aesthetic. The course is delivered in such fun and easy to follow way and trainers are always happy to help when needed. Looking forward to more courses to come.
I have just completed the Advanced Facial Contouring (Jaw/Chin/Tear Trough/Nose) and the Lip Masterclass.
I couldn’t recommend them enough. The trainers were so attentive to every single delegate and included everyone by consistently asking questions about what we just covered. A great way to remember the important content. Huge hands on practice so you can practice the techniques learned. Will definitely consider further courses. Five stars!!
Thank you Dr. Zack and Dr. Sanah!
Attended last weekend to the foundation and advanced day. Very well run. Thanks to the derma medical team especially Zac for a gr8 course, great venue and plenty of models (40+ on the day!!!!) to get plenty of hand on experience. #feelingconfident #cosmeticdoctor #masterclassnext
Hi I have just completed the combined Botox and Dermal Filler training here in Brisbane and would like to say a huge thank you to Mike at the offices in Manchester for all his help getting me booked in. To Poppy for her communication via email.
The amazing Brisbane team led by Scott and Lauren our trainers along with Lauren and Kate the girls in the background who kept us running smoothly, they made the whole weekend easy to be a part of. Their support and training was brilliant.
I feel so inspired to move forward and make a new career with this.
So the next step is to find a mentor and prescriber to now make this a career change a reality. Oh and get booked on more training.
Thank you � to everyone at Derma Medical you guys are great �
Excellent course, clearly experienced and confident teachers who were extremely patient and clear. I was recommended Derma Medical by a friend for its excellent practical training and I was not disappointed! I would recommend this course to anyone wanting to pursue a career in aesthetics.
Amazing team! I did the combined course and loved every second! Cannot wait to get my business set up! Thank you all so much!
I have just completed the advanced master class with Dr Zack and it exceeded all my expectations. Dr Zack is in a class of his own.
Practice days with Sanah and Zack and the team were entertaining and enjoyable. Facial aesthetics is their passion. It's a pleasure to look at my fellow coursemates and see how they progress through the course and become confident.
Passion combined with skills is a recipe for success, is Derma medical team. Incredible trainers! In two days foundation and advanced course I am confidently ready to start working in aesthetics. Thank you Zack and Sanah, thank you the rest of the team for all the energy you put in these two days to get your skills and knowledge passed to your delegates. I highly recommend this course.
Action-packed two days of learning foundation and advanced Botox and fillers techniques with Dr Ally and his team - what a great combination of detailed knowledge, massive clinical expertise demonstrated by the tutors, mixed with lots of fun! Thank you so much and it's been a pleasure to meet you!
I attended the combined course this weekend. I went thinking I'll do some facial aesthetics alongside my dentistry, but left thinking I'd love to do facial aesthetics and very minimal dentistry. Dr Zack and the whole team were amazing, so approachable and very much wanted us all to participate. The layout of both days were perfect. I cannot wait to get started and treating clients in practice and come back for more master classes. Anyone considering facial aesthetic courses, I would highly recommend Derma Medical!
''Dream Team'' is the name I would want to give to the Derma Medical: I received my foundation and advanced training by Derma Medical in May 2015, Zack and Sanah did a brilliant job then! Therefore, decided to do Level 7 certification from Derma Medical. I am so confident of them, that I know, I would be trained properly. I saw the enthusiasm when Zack was teaching us the techniques of filler injections, a quality much needed in a teacher! When Sanah was teaching us lip fillers, she taught us the modified techniques, which she developed, this kind of sharing and teaching is rarely seen. I am looking forward to the Lip filler master class in August!
As teachers, they are the best, where knowledge, skill, art of teaching is concerned. At all times professionalism is maintained. The team they have formed consists of fabulous people. I also attended one of the most exciting master class of 'Full facial contouring'' and I feel so confident, with so many live models, we had very good hands on experience! I have been recommending them to my colleagues in hospital who are interested in training in Botox and dermal fillers, and will continue to do so, as this is a Dream Team!
I had two amazing days with Derma Medical!! It was very organised and trainers were absolutely superb! Their knowledge were amazing, Dr Zack and Dr Sana were so supportive and I am so glad I booked this course.
Had fillers with dr sanah she truly is an amazing dr I feel so much more confident and I love everything she has done will never go anywhere else now 💕
Attended combined course over Easter weekend amazing course lots of practical loved it !! Highly recommend to anyone thinking of training.
I had the opportunity to attend the combined Botox and dermal fillers course over the weekend and it was absolutely brilliant! I am so glad I booked it because it gave us a fantastic opportunity to be initiated and advance into the facial aesthetics world! Zack and Sana are simply amazing instructors and educators and with an amazing number of 35 models over the weekend you get hands on experience that you simply cannot get anywhere else! Their team, headed by Anne Marie were always at hand to provide valuable assistance, guidance and answer the myriad of our questions! Overall a highly recommended course from a fantastic team! Will definitely booking their master class!
I was at the 2 day combined botox and dermal fillers course after my brother recommended this particular course to me. I was very impressed with the two days. The faculty were incredible, delivering informative and hands on teaching throughout. When doing research on similar courses, I found Derma Medical to be the most unique and offering the most bang for your buck. It allowed me to practice and master a large number of skills on real patients, which wasn't offered anywhere else. I was particularly appreciative of the business advice given to my by the faculty which was a nice bonus. I would gladly recommend Derma Medical's wide range of courses to anyone interested in a career in Aesthetics.
I was at the first advanced dermal fillers & botulinum toxin training course run by Derma Medical in Manchester today.
As with the foundation training, today was well-organised & everyone was helped with all aspects of the training we undertook.
The venue & food was good, the participation needed was excellent & the knowledge & skill shown by the trainers was superb. All training is provided in-house & Zack & Sanah are extremely supportive in all aspects of our practice.
Post-training support has already been fantastic & I'm free to contact the trainers about any aspect of my professional work.
All in all it was a fantastic course & I'm looking forward to going back again soon to complete the advanced masterclass. I can't wait to make use of my newly-acquired aesthetic treatment skills to provide further procedures for our Skinpharma Aesthetics clients in the north-east.
Two honest doctors who are an example for the industry. They provide in my opinion the best aesthetic training course and I have tried and been to a few. Excellent mentoring and after support. Fantastic course and team. I can't recommend enough after wasting money with other companies. You inject real patients under direct supervision. No dummies here! Only high quality training on real people.
Really fantastic aesthetic course. Definitely one of the best ones I've been on. Will definitely look to do more courses with derma medical.
It was a very interesting workshop! I have learned a lot about new indications and their possible complications. I had even the possibility to work on models under supervision. I had a great time and will come back again for further work shop in the next future.
I attended a master class today!
I have learnt a lot from there , they are excellent with their job....I just loved it
This is the place if you want to go ahead with Botox and filler!
I attended my Foundation & Advanced Botox & Filler course last weekend. I really enjoyed it and can not wait to begin my new career in aesthetics very excited thank you to you all for your knowledge & skills xx
I attended the foundation and advanced course. Learned a lot. All the important areas are coffered. Excellent training without holding back info. Zack and Sanah are skiled trainers.
Attended the foundation course and loved it. Very professional and great trainers made me feel very relaxed. I've already had contact post course with Dr.Zack Ally and he been very prompt and helpful with his answers to my questions . Can't wait to attend the advanced course .
Excellent and professional training! The course provided me with the confidence to start my own business. Thank you. Dr Samantha Bracken.
I finished the Derma Medical Course two day foundation and advanced last week it was a fantastic insight into Aesthetics. The support Zack gave was amazing with a small group let us get hands on experience over the two days. I left the course feeling confident and ready to start my own practice. If you are thinking about getting into Aesthetics do this course you will not be disappointed
Excellent course, well worth traveling from Norway to attend! I booked the advanced masterclass the same day as completing the advance course and look very much forward to continue my training with Derma Medical. Thank you!
I recently completed the foundation and advanced courses with Derma Medical and would highly recommend both. Sanah and Zack are both excellent trainers and very patiently go through all the steps and skills required to start a career in this field. During the two day course you get to practise the skills you have learnt on many models, and given the small group sizes, by the end of the course you do feel confident to do so.
The Derma Medical Training is excellent. Zack and Sanah are great teachers and mentors to delegates past the training course. They have great business tips and always happy to help and advise. I would highly recommend them to anyone perusing a career in the aesthetics industry.
The Derma Medical Course was an excellent comprehensive course as an introduction to Aesthetics especially because of the focus on safety and good medical practice. The two day foundation and advanced course gives a real insight into what can be achieved in medical aesthetics and lots of tips on how to build your practice. The small group size and multiple models provides plenty of hands on practice and I felt confident and inspired moving forward. The trainers Zack and Sanah are incredibly supportive and continue to be good mentors beyond the course, even a year on they are always happy to help. I highly recommend this course to anyone considering a change in their medical career.
I trained with Derma Medical over a year ago and have since gone on to set up my own aesthetics company. The training I received was absolutely fantastic and Zack has continued to give me a lot of support and advice since doing the course. I would highly recommend to any medical professional considering training in aesthetics. Thank you!
We have had the privilege of partnering with Derma Medical and providing Intraline Dermal Fillers for over a year. We as a company are very impressed with Dr. Zack Ally's results and his dedication to delegates that attend his training facility. We are excited to continue to support his initiatives and look forward to continued success.
I recently just had the course, and i work as a dentist in sweden and want to incorporate botox and fillers to my practice as a dentist.
The best thing you can do is to take the foundation and advanced course togheter. Its splendid, excellent and contains a very high standard and quality of information and practial sessions. I did my research before, found out about dermamedical and they promised what they offer. Every penny worth spent.
The trainers and staff at Derma as superb.
Im so glad i found you guys. Thanks a lot.
I am a dentist from Sweden. I read about the different courses there are in London (UK) and found out that they differ a lot from each other. Some let you train on dolls. Some on real live models. After reading these reviews on Facebook it wasn't hard to choose. The course was fantastic. I have been to 3 other courses but didn't learn anything. Zack ( the director) is not just a doctor. He is a very good teacher to. There is nothing he will miss out. Zack and Sana were very professional. Both in theoretical and practical skills. All the 18 areas that were mentioned on the curriculum did we go through and did inject all these areas on different models like Zack promised. It is amazing how many models they had these two days. You inject so much that you don't want to inject more. The course was intensive and very helpful. I now feel the confident to practice this without being nervous. I know all the important landmarks and what to do and not. I am really glad I invested in this course. Thanks dermamedical for being so good at what you do and thanks for being passionate. I will definitely recommend this course to others in Sweden.
Martin. One of the twin.
I attended both days of the course. The provider DERMA MEDICAL are excellent. They are a very dedicated team Zack and Sanah. The course is cery comprehensive, all questions answered . Zack and Sanah pass on a lot of tips which I found excellent for achieving a beautiful harmonious result for our clients. A key factor here is that we got lots of models to practice on!!!
The mapping of the face taught on the course is excellent. I would highly recommend DERMA MEDICAL for ones training.
Excellent fully packed hands on course. Exceptional teaching meant I left really confident to use my new skills. The business advice and support post training has been second to none. It's changed my career into a new direction and I'm loving it! Thank you derma medical!
Thank you a lot for an outstanding botox and filler class. I've never participated to a better course than this. Detailed in theory and practice. Lovely atmosphere. Thx to Dr Sanah, Dr Zac and Team!
Thank you, Dres. Sanah and Zack, for a truly inspiring and fantastic educational time in London at DermaMedical.
I attended the combined course as a cosmetic dentist with basic Botox skills and could significantly enhance my skills. Perfect!
I have attended both foundation and advanced course at Derma medical! Zack and Sanah are great, I left feeling confident enough to start practising. Only 4 months in and I have a busy Botox and fillers business, Zack has also been extremely supportive and helpful after the course. The course itself is a brilliant few days, with loads of live models so you can actually have a go and get the feel of injecting Botox and fillers. I highly recommend this course to anyone! Can't wait for more courses now!
I have just completed the DermaMedical foundation Botox and Filler course with a colleague. It was such a fantastic day from start to finish. Informative, friendly, knowledgable trainers who have sent us away feeling confident to commence practice in this field, knowing that they are only ever a phone call away if we ever needed their expert advice! Thank you so much!
Just completed the foundation course for Botox and fillers...Thank you so much to all at Dermamedical, really supportive in all aspects, I've left feeling confident and excited xx
I just attended the Foundation and Advanced course on Botox and Dermal Fillers. Zack and Sanah are excellent trainers. They were very patient and thorough with all the procedures from danger zones to correct techniques in carrying out the treatment safely. I was very apprehensive at the start of the course but gained confidence very quickly in performing with ease. Thank you so much. I highly recommend their courses.
I attended the combined course. It was excellent.The team is also very much dedicated to teach you and provide hands on experience. Zack , Sanah and Mike are amazing and very helpfull
Excellent course!! Informative and up to date training on advanced aesthetic procedures with plenty of hands on experience. I highly recommend this course!
I highly recommend this course.
During me medical career over the last 12 years i attend at leat 4-6 courses per year.Ths course was one of the best i ever attended.
In two days i was able to learn all the 18 main procedures inn aesthetic medicine, closely supervised for every single injection i have done.
i was communicating with Dr Zack before the course, during and even after the course the communication and care continues.
The main positive things i found in this course that is really helpful to someone considering practicing aesthetic medicine is
1)Clear clarification of what to expect and achieve from the course, i was communicating with Zack before the course and later found out everything he told me was true and accurate.
2)All your questions answered before , during and after the course which is important as you will not be left alone.
3)information about current vacancies and locum opportunities in aesthetic medicine.
4)close supervision and feedback on every injection you make and they are a lot.
5)many models, honestly minimal of 15
6) you will never regret taking this course or meeting Dr Zack and Dr Sanah,
thanks for this wonderful course
I attended the 2-day foundation and advanced Botox and dermal fillers course and was very impressed with the quality of it. It included a comprehensive material handed before the course for preparation and an intensive two days with lots of content and practice. High standard course. Many thanks and kind regards, Mrs T. Laverde-Konig
A brilliantly structured course combining equal amounts of theory and hands on practice on live models. The trainers are passionate about their subject and this transfers to the delegates who leave with enthusiasm and skills which can be used straight away. I would highly recommend without hesitation.
I attended the one day botox and dermal filler foundation course on the 12 th March. It was in my opinion outstanding , the theory and lectures, that proceeded the afternoon practical application ,using the botox and the dermal fillers on models, was so well instructed that I am quite confident ,that I can do these cosmetic procedures ,even thought I only did the one day workshop . Annette Barrell BScHons RNC.
Had a fantastic time as a Derma model.
Having previously had a bad experience elsewhere, Zach and his team quickly put me at ease.
I thoroughly enjoyed being part of the delegate training process and it was fascinating to learn all about the face.
All the students really took their time and were very gentle and precise.
I would recommend Derma medical as they are a highly dedicated team who genuinely care about their work and it shows!!
Thank you so much Derma, I will definitely be back again in the future.
I thoroughly enjoyed this course. I was taught on numerous techniques by clearly experienced clinicians . More importantly I was given advice n how to jumpstart my own career. Inspired!!!
I attended the advanced Botox and Dermal Fillers course on the 30/31st Jan.
A pre course online booklet is emailed beforehand, to allow delegates to become familiar with the facial anatomy/the different types of fillers/Botox/units etc etc, and techniques used. Very thorough.
The course itself was very well laid out over the two days: Both Zack And Sanah are diligent, motivating and inspiring doctors who enjoy teaching and display an infectious passion for aesthetics. Information from the course booklet is reconsolidated, further comprehensive teaching given. The opportunity to practice in small groups and on so many models allows one to develop techniques if not master techniques, later used in working life. Right from consenting to, post procedure management, it's a running clinic! Hands on approach, direct supervision and always at hand to answer questions, whilst using state of the art premises is what makes this course truly outstanding!
May you reach out far and wide to all aspiring and established aestheticians out there! Bravo!
Attended both foundation and advanced courses. Both were excellent, organised and led by a panel that are well-versed in the most common as well as advanced procedures. The 'landmark' based method to training presents a unique edge over other available courses. Money definitely well spent.
Really good course! covered so many skills with lots of hands on experience in a really friendly and relaxed learning environment
Comprehensive, friendly, relaxed aesthetic course.Zak and Sana are obviously very competent ,experienced and excellent teachers.I didn't feel any rush and they were always happy to answer any questions! Great Job guys.Keep it up.Course is highly recommended for anyone looking for a complete aesthetic course. :)))
Went to the foundation botox and fillers course today. What an amazing course. Lots of information and the chance to get hands on experience. A fabulous day. Thank you.
I think Dr Zack Ally has exceptional knowledge in Aesthetic medicine, and meticulous in his practical approach. This is reflected in his course. I would definitely recommend this course to others.
Wonderful course given by Friendly and organized team
I recommend who ever would like to join this, always to take both courses together ( foundation & advanced ) with Zack and Sara.
Good luck guys
I thought the course was great. You get a lot of hands on experience, everything is explained very well and they cover the business side of things, including how to buy the botox/ fillers, how to apply to clinics, how to set up a limited business etc. There are limited places so you don't feel it is overcrowded. They also give you tips on how to combine cosmetic work with a full time job. The course teaches you everything you need to know about setting up on your own and I would really recommend doing the foundation in conjunction with the advanced.
Had the best treatment ever . Even though we are models helping in training these people are 100% better then going to beauty salons or wherever you go .. I had fillers and all staff were professional and done best job I've ever had even though still in training. So thank you all at derma medical I'm one Happy client . Sure you will be too .
Excellent course, highly recommend. Experienced and professional trainers teaching safe, ethical practice. Fully supported small group with plenty of practice in a range of techniques encouraging confidence. Good focus on how to move forward with your new skills and great opportunity to meet colleagues and exchange ideas. Central location with easy access too. Thank you.
Excellent training provider with fantastic training and work opportunities. Great trainer! I feel confident to practice after completing the weekend courses, thanks derma medical!
Great trainer! and team. Fully on board to assist throughout the day. The principles and the underlying theory well taught and plenty of opportunities to get hands on +++