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Nail Technologies

Course Code: NTS2C

Level: 2
Subject area: Hair & Beauty
Awarding body: VTCT
Qualification: Certificate
Course type: Full-time
Time of Day: Daytime
Duration: One year
When you'll study: Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 9.00am-4.30pm

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

There are no specific entry requirements for this course.


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 2022/23 (August 2022 – July 2023). There may be a slight increase in fees for courses starting 2023/24.

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: NTS2C

Course Fees

A Full Course Fee: £750

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 This course is free for this age group
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.