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What will I study?

Full-time Courses

Learners on the Level 2 Certificate in Nail Treatments course will study theoretical aspects of the subject and apply these aspects to practical tasks.

Core topics include:

  • Anatomy and physiology for hands and feet
  • Introduction to working in the nail
  • Nail enhancements (clear)
  • Nail art services
  • Manicure services
  • Pedicure services
  • Light cured gel polish.

The Level 3 Advanced Technical Diploma in Nail Technology covers a wide range of skills and knowledge required for working in the nail technology industry.

Core topics include:

  • Promoting and selling products and services to clients
  • Enhancing and maintaining nails using light cured gel, including hard gels
  • Liquid and powder nail enhancements
  • Chemistry of nails products
  • Creating and applying nail art
  • Anatomy and physiology for hands and feet
  • The creation and presentation of a mood board, look book and industry portfolio
  • Business practice
  • Enhancing nails using electrical files.

For learners who fall short of the Level 2 entry requirements, we offer an introduction to Beauty Therapy through a Skills & Employability pathway. This qualification is a support role within a commercial beauty environment and includes a variety of basic beauty skills such as facials, manicure & nail treatments and make up. This qualification will prepare learners for progression to Level 2 Beauty, Make-up and Nails.

Work Experience is an essential part of all full time study programmes. Learners complete a minimum 35 hours of experience in an industry-linked environment per academic year/qualification.

Part-time Courses

Level 3 Diploma in Nail Technologies

Level 3 Diplomas are vocational qualifications which focus on the development of the underlying principles and practical skills required in the beauty industry. They are a stepping stone to higher-level qualification such as VRQ Diplomas, Technical Diplomas and NVQs. HABIA, the standard setting body for Hair and Beauty, has approved them, and the awarding body City & Guilds provides the qualification.

To achieve full certification, you must complete 11 units.

Mandatory Units

  • Monitor Health and Safety
  • Plan and contribute promotional activities
  • Develop a range of creative nail images
  • Airbrush design for nails
  • Prepare and finish nail overlays using electric files
  • Enhance and maintain using UV Gel
  • Enhance and maintain nails using liquid and powder
  • Plan and create nail art designs

Thursday evening, 6-9pm

Uniform and kit required:

  • Acrylic kit £122,
  • Gel kit £85.98,
  • Nail Art kit £35 (optional)
  • Photoshoot £15,
  • workbook £5

What will I study? (Apprenticeship)

Apprenticeship in Beauty Professionals - Nail Technician

Intermediate Apprenticeship in Nail Services.

On the Advanced Apprenticeship in Nails, you will gain the skills and knowledge to provide a range of advanced nail services, nail enhancements using liquid and powered, wraps and light cured gel, airbrushing, creative nail art, and hand and nail treatments/manicures and pedicures.

Entry requirements: English and maths grades 3-9 or A-D, or working towards Functional Skills Level 1.

What will I achieve?

  • Level 2 NVQ Diploma in Beauty Professionals - Nail Technician
  • Level 2 Functional Skills 

Compulsory kit and uniform cost: 

Kit £120, Uniform £50

How will I be assessed?

All Technical Qualifications are graded (Pass, Merit and Distinction and Distinction*) by an external end point assessment (EPA). This includes:

  • Written theory paper
  • Practical examination

Milestone assessment points will track learner progress in preparation for the EPA, and include written tests and assignments, spoken questioning, practical skills demonstrations and a mock assessment.

Level 2 Nails and Level 3 Part-time

Assessment takes place within College.

Continuous on-course assessment involves:

  • Practical observations
  • Externally set written/online modular tests
  • Verbal questioning.

For Level 3 qualifications, ALL grade levels carry UCAS points to support progression to higher education.

How will I be assessed (Apprenticeship)?

Assessment takes place both within College and on the work placement.

Continuous on course assessment involves:

  • Practical observations
  • Externally set written/online modular tests
  • Spoken questioning
  • Mock EPA
  • Final EPA and knowledge test.

What will this lead to?

The Level 2 Certificate in Nail Treatments is aimed at learners that are looking to start a career in the nail industry. Learners can progress into employment, onto an Apprenticeship, or further their studies by taking the Level 3 Nail Technologies - or other qualifications at Level 2 such as Beauty Therapy, to broaden their skills base and support employability.

The Level 3 Advanced Technical Diploma in Nail Technology aims to provide a range of specialist technical practical skills and knowledge, which will equip you to seek employment or further training within the Nail industry.

Employment can be found in:

  • Nail Bars/Salons
  • Beauty Salons
  • Cruise Ships/Hotels 
  • Spas
  • Product Retail
  • Manufacturing Companies.

Opportunities for freelance work or self-employment are unlimited for motivated individuals.

What will this lead to (Apprenticeship)?

Progression for a Nail Technician: Nail Technicians can move into Beauty Therapy, or Make Up to work in TV or Film.

Career options:

  • Retail Department Store,
  • Salon Owner,
  • Nail Technician,
  • Cruise Ship Worker
  • Freelance Nail Technician.

Starting salaries depend on your skills and expertise.

Entry requirements

Entry Level Programme: Skills for Life & Work

No formal qualifications are required for this course, although evidence of personal progression from previous education establishments would be beneficial.

These courses are specifically designed for learners with a special educational need (SEND).

Entry Level Programme: Skills & Employability

English & maths GCSE Grades G-U / 1 or English & maths Functional Skills Entry Level 3

GCSE Re-sit Study Programme

You will receive an offer of a place on the course subject to passing an English & maths assessment.

Vocational Level 1 Programme

English & maths GCSE Grades E-G/1- 2 or English & maths Functional Skills Entry Level 3.

Vocational Level 2 Programme

Minimum of 4 GCSEs at grade D/3 including maths and English or a vocational qualification Level 1, plus GCSE grade D/3 in both maths and English. English & maths Functional Skills Level 1 will be accepted as an alternative to GCSEs.

Vocational Level 3 Programme

Minimum of 4 GCSEs at grades A-C/4-9 (including maths and English) or a vocational qualification Level 2, plus GCSE grade C/4 in both maths and English

T Levels

Minimum of 5 GCSE passes but Maths and English GCSE must be Grade 5 or above.

T levels in Science and Healthcare Science will also require a minimum of a grade 5 in a GCSE Science subject. 

How to apply

You can apply for all our courses by choosing the Apply Now button, which appears once you have chosen the area you are interested in.

You can apply for Apprenticeship vacancies or register your interest in an Apprenticeship sector as follows -

To register your interest - http://www.oldham.ac.uk/apprenticeships-traineeships/apprenticeships/

To apply for a vacancy - http://www.oldham.ac.uk/apprenticeships-traineeships/apprenticeship-vacancies/

 

 

 

Cost

Full Time

If you are aged between 16 and 18 when you start your course and are taking a course leading to a qualification, the tuition and exam fees are free. However, there may be some additional costs for optional trips, recommended text books and professional start up kits. We have a bursary scheme to assist with these costs.

  • If you're aged 19 or over, you may need to pay tuition fees and exam fees, but many students will be eligible for discounts on these.
  • If you're 19 to 23 and do not already hold a full Level 2 (five or more GCSEs at Grade A* to C/1-4; NVQ Level 2 or equivalent) or full Level 3 (an Access to Higher Education Course, BTEC National Certificate or Diploma, NVQ Level 3, or two or more A Levels or equivalent) qualification you will be exempt from paying tuition fee and exam fees if you undertake a full Level 2 or full Level 3 qualifications.    
  • If you are 19 and over, undertaking an Entry Level, Level 1 or Level 2 course you may be exempt from paying tuition and exam fees if you receive an active benefit (e.g. Universal Credit, Employment Support Allowance, Job Seekers Allowance) and are seeking work.
  • If you are aged 19 and over and study GCSE Maths or English and do not already hold a C grade/4 or higher in the subject that you are studying, you will be exempt from paying tuition fee and exam fees.
  • Please note that fees may be charged to students ages 19 and over on certain courses. For more information about course fees and whether you may be eligible for fee remission please ring 0161 785 4039 or email admissions@oldham.ac.uk

Part Time

If you are aged between 16 and 18 when you start your course and are taking a course leading to a qualification, the tuition and exam fees are free. However, there may be some additional costs for optional trips, recommended text books and professional start up kits.

Please note that fees may be charged to students ages 19 and over on certain courses. For more information about course fees and whether you may be eligible for fee remission please ring 0161 785 4039 or email admissions@oldham.ac.uk

Cost (Apprenticeship)

Contribution Rules          

  • 16-18 Where the employer has under 50 employees and they are not a levy paying employer the learner is fully funded by the government, this rule also applies to 19-24 year old who are Care Leavers or in possession of an Educational Healthcare Plan
  • 16-18 Where the employer has 50 or more employees and they are not a levy payer there will be a 5% charge with the government paying the remaining 95%. The 5% contribution will be invoiced as per the table above.
  • 16-18 Where the employer is a levy payer, 100% of the funding will be claimed from their digital account on a monthly basis where the payments are scheduled according to the length of the learner's programme
  • 19+ All employers that are not a levy payers there will be a 5% charge with the government paying the remaining 95%. The 5% contribution will be invoiced as per the table above.
  • 19+ Where the employer is a levy payer, 100% of the funding will be claimed from their digital account on a monthly basis where the payments are scheduled according to the length of the learner's programme

Incentives

  • 16-18 The employer will receive £1,000 incentive, 50% at 90 days following enrolment and 50% at 365 days following enrolment assuming the student is still employed and active on the Apprenticeship. The employer will need to invoice the college for this at that time and confirm their eligibility to make the claims at that point. This applies to Apprenticeship Frameworks only and not new Standards.
  • 19-24 Where an employer has an Apprentice under the age of 25 where their earnings are below £43,000 per year the employer does not have to pay National Insurance Contributions (NIC's). Correct at the time of publication, check the HMRC section on gov.uk website

What happens next?

It is important that you come along and speak to one of our staff about your choice/s.

Once we receive your application, you will be invited in to speak to a tutor or a member of the Apprenticeship team to discuss your application.

This will provide you with the opportunity to ask any questions you may have about the course/Apprenticeship and to see our facilities.

 

Overview

Title: Nails

Faculty: Beauty and Make-up

Attendance Options: Apprenticeship, Full Time, Part Time

Delivery Method: Face-to-face

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