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Nail Technology

Course Code: NAS2

Level: 2
Subject area: Hair & Beauty
Awarding body: VTCT
Qualification: Certificate
Course type: FREE (Eligibility Applies), Part-time
Time of Day: Evening
Duration: 26 weeks
When you'll study: Mondays and Wednesdays, 5.30pm - 9.00pm

About the course

Do you want a job as a nail technician, providing acrylic nail, gel nail and fibreglass nail treatments? If so, this VTCT qualification in Nail Technology at City College Plymouth will get you qualified! In order to practice and perform nail treatments you will need to purchase a uniform and kit and when you finish the course you will be fully equipped to either start your own nail business or start work in a local beauty salon or nail bar.


What you'll learn

On this course, you will cover the following:

  • infection control
  • health and safety – this unit is to increase your understanding of health and safety and its importance
  • nail enhancements –  maintaining and removing nail enhancements, using either UV gel, liquid and powder, or wrap nail systems
  • manicure treatments – you will learn about consulting with the client, recognising any contra-indications, preparing for the service and producing a treatment plan, in addition to filing and buffing the nails, using skin and cuticle treatments, massaging the hand and lower arm and using a suitable nail finish
  • client care and communication.

You will also develop your understanding and skills by undertaking an optional specialist unit, which includes pedicure treatments.  This qualification structure will provide you with the flexibility to develop the knowledge, understanding and skills required depending upon your designated career pathway as a junior nail technician.

Entry requirements

A recognised level 1 qualification in manicure and pedicure or up-to-date industry experience is desirable, but not essential, in order to begin this course.


Continual theoretical and practical assessments will take place with final practical assessments for each system. Examinations will be online or by written assignment.

What's next?

Career opportunities exist in a variety of contexts as a junior nail technician, including:
– commercial nail salon
– retail concession ‘nail bar’
– independent/self-employed/mobile/home-based settings.

Whilst this qualification’s primary purpose is to prepare you for employment as a junior nail technician, you may choose to develop your skills further by undertaking technical level qualifications at level 3, including the Level 3 Certificate in Artificial Nail Strucutres at the College, or you could progress to an Apprenticeship.

Important information

Fees quoted apply to courses starting in the academic year 2021/22 (August 2021 – July 2022). There may be a slight increase in fees for courses starting 2022/23.

If you are aged 16-18, due to Government funding, tuition fees may not be applicable for your course. (Please note: this does not apply to Foundation Degrees or Access to Higher Education courses, and other courses not eligible for public funding.)


Course Code: NAS2

Course Fees

A Full Course Fee: £250

B Reduced Course Fee (for those in receipt of qualifying benefits): Not applicable to this course

C Ancillary course costs (ie books and equipment): Not applicable to this course

D Advanced Learner Loan Fee: Not applicable to this course

How old are you? How much will you pay?
16 - 18 A
19 - 23 A(Note: If you do not have a level 2 qualification, this course may be free).
24+ A

Please note fees are quoted for one year only.