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Artificial Nail Structures

Course Code: NAS3

Level: 3
Subject area: Hair & Beauty
Awarding body: City & Guilds
Qualification: Certificate, City & Guilds
Course type: Part-time
Time of Day: Evening
Duration: 13 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 City & Guilds qualification in Artificial Nail Structures at City College Plymouth will get you qualified in just four months! You will learn the advanced techniques in acrylic, gel and fibreglass application. In order to practice and perform these 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. You could also progress to a level 3 Apprenticeship in Nail Technologies.

What you'll learn

By studying this course, you will cover the practical and theory, related to nail enhancement. You will learn the advanced techniques in the application of acrylic, gel and fibreglass systems to enable you to create full sets and the rebalancing/infilling of nail enhancements.

Entry requirements

You will need to have successfully completed a level 2 qualification in beauty therapy or nail technology.


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?

On completion of this course you will be well equipped to work as a nail technician in a salon or on board a cruise liner. You may also consider a level 3 Apprenticeship in Nail Services. You might also wish to complete a level 2 hair or beauty qualification.

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: NAS3

Course Fees

A Full Course Fee: £900

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: £900

How old are you? How much will you pay?
16 - 18 A
19 - 23 A   or   D(Note: If you do not have a level 3 qualification, this course may be free).
24+ D

Please note fees are quoted for one year only.