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Nail Technologies

Course Code: NTS3

Level: 3
Subject area: Hair & Beauty
Awarding body: VTCT
Qualification: Diploma
Course type: Full-time
Time of Day: Daytime
Duration: One year

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About the course

This qualification has been specifically designed to develop your knowledge, understanding and skills to prepare you for employment as a junior nail technician. You will have your nail services skills assessed in a real or realistic working environment.

This qualification includes all the required elements to work effectively as a nail technician including: providing and maintaining nail enhancements, manicure treatments, health and safety and client care.

You will also develop your understanding and skills by selecting a number of optional specialist units which include: pedicure treatments and nail art. This qualification structure provides you with the flexibility to develop your knowledge, understanding and skills required depending upon your designated career pathway as a junior nail technician.

What you'll learn
  • Following Health & Safety Practice in the salon.
  • Client care & communication.
  • Provide manicure treatments.
  • Provide pedicure treatments.
  • Provide & maintain nail enhancements.

Additional units:

  • Provide nail art treatments.
  • Design and apply Mendhi (Henna).
  • Apply LED Gel Polish.
Entry requirements

You will be required to have achieved at least four GCSEs at grade 3 (D) or above, have a level 2 qualification, or prior knowledge of working in a salon environment.


Methods of assessment include:

  • Practical observations
  • Written assignments
  • External examinations
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 their skills further by undertaking Technical Level qualifications at Level 3, including:

  • VTCT Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Nail Services (QCF)
  • VTCT Level 3 Diploma in Nail Technology Studies (QCF)
Important information

“Fees quoted apply to courses starting in the academic year 2016/17 (August 2016 – July 2017). There may be a slight increase in fees for courses starting 2018/19.

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.)”

Although we’re not yet able to confirm the start date for this course, applications are now welcome, just complete and return an application form.