Faculty of
Retail & Commercial



  • Title: Nails
  • Code: F03981
  • Level: Level 3
  • Length: 1 Year(s)
  • Term: Full Time
  • Faculty: Retail & Commercial
  • Manicurist
  • Nail technician
  • Specialist nail technician (acrylic nails, gel nails)
  • Nail artist
  • Retail

This course is free for learners aged 16-18 or if this is the first level 3 qualification.

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

Additional costs include:

Advanced gel and acrylic nail kit - £205.00

Advanced nail art kit - £15.00

Uniform - £60.00

Skills days and workbooks - £20.00

Photoshoot - £15.00

This course consists of the following units:

301 Promote products and services

317 Business practice

330 Anatomy and physiology for hands and feet

331 Enhance and maintain nails using light cured gel, including hard gels

332 Liquid and Powder Enhancements

333 Design and Apply Nail Art

334 The Creation and Presentation of a Mood Board, Look Book and an Industry Portfolio

335 Chemistry of Nail Products

340 Enhance Nails using Electric Files



Level 3 – 4 x GCSE grades A-C or level 4-9 ( including English and Maths)
Complete an application form and attend an interview.
  • Independent learning
  • Practical observation
  • Written exam
  • Oral questioning
  • Client documentation
  • Portfolio evidence
  • Presentations
  • Level 2 Beauty Therapy
  • Level 2 Hairdressing
  • Assessor Award
  • Apprenticeship in Level 3 Nails
  • Level 2 Retail knowledge
  • Level 2 Hair and media make up
  • Employment
  • Good attendance and punctuality
  • Meeting industry and college standards
  • Team worker
  • Positive attitude
  • Level 2 Nail Services
  • Level 2 Beauty Therapy

This qualification is an Advanced Technical diploma designed to advance your basic skills and prepare you for employment in the nail industry.  The course includes all knowledge and understanding on the nail systems acrylic and gel, including application techniques, maintenance and advanced nail art.  The course is assessed at the end of the year, this includes a written business plan, a look book, an industry portfolio, a six hour 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.

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

Visit: www.oldham.ac.uk or Call: 0161 785 4000