This course is free for learners aged 16-18 or if this is the first level 2 qualification.

A student loan is available to apply for learners who are 19 plus.

Additional costs include:

Gel and acrylic nail kit - £120.00

Nail art kit - £33.00

Uniform - £60.00

Manicure/Pedicure kit £22.40

Skills days and workbooks - £20.00

Photoshoot - £15.00

Units of study:

  • 205 Manicure services
  • 206 Pedicure services
  • 207 Light cured gel polish
  • 231 Anatomy and physiology for hands and feet
  • 232 Introduction to working in the nail industry
  • 233 Nail enghancements (clear)
  • 234 Nail art services
Level 2 – 4 x GCSE grade D or level 3 (including English and Maths)

Explanation of entry requirements
  • Practical observation
  • Online testing
  • Assignments
  • Oral questioning
  • Client documentation
  • Portfolio evidence
  • Level 2 Beauty Therapy
  • Level 2 Hairdressing
  • Apprenticeship at Levels 2, 3 in Nails or Level 2 Beauty Therapy
  • Level 2 Retail Knowledge
  • Level 2 Hair and Media Make up
  • Level 3 Nails.

Good attendance and punctuality.

This qualification is a level 2 Technical certificate designed to equip you with a range of basic skills to prepare you for employment in the nail industry.  The course includes all knowledge and understanding on the nail systems including clear acrylic and gel, application techniques, maintenance, removal and basic nail art.  The course is assessed at the end of the year, this includes a practical exam and a written exam paper.

  • Realistic modern working salon environments
  • Photo-shoot
  • Training with nail companies internal and external
    • Level 2 Beauty Therapy
    • Level 2 Hairdressing
    • Apprenticeship in Level 3 Nails
    • Level 2 Retail Knowledge
    • Level 2 Hair and Media Make-up


    • Manicurist
    • Pedicurist
    • Nail Technician
    • Artificial Nail Specialist
    • Retail
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    Study Programme

    All students at Oldham College will participate in a personalised study programme that will maximise your potential and enable you to progress onto employment, apprenticeships or higher education.

    This means you will:

    • Study a core qualification in a vocational discipline and continue to develop your English and Maths skills through functional skills, GCSE resits and the option of Level 3 qualifications
    • Participate in meaningful work experience
    • Enjoy a range of enrichment opportunities e.g. basketball, archery, skiing and sign language
    • Take part in dedicated tutorial sessions to review your progress and development