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Title: Nails

Pathway: Hair & Beauty

Available Study Options:
Apprenticeship, Full Time, Part Time Print

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What will I study?

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
  • Health and safety
  • Client care
  • Introduction to working in the nail
  • Promoting products and services
  • Nail enhancements (clear) 
  • Manicure services

This course also includes college certificates in:

  • Nail art services
  • Pedicure services
  • Light cured gel polish.

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.

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.

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.

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
  • Business plan
  • Industry portfolio 
  • 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

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.

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.

Entry requirements

Entry Level Courses : 
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). 

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

Full Time ESOL
No formal qualification are required for this course, you will recieve an offer of a place subject to passing an assessment;

Full Time GCSE Re-sit Study Course
You will receive an offer of a place on the course subject to passing an assessment. 

Full Time Level 1 Course 
English & Maths GCSE Grades E-G/1- 2 or English & Maths Functional Skills Entry Level 3. 

Full Time Level 2 Course 
Minimum of 4 GCSEs at grade D/3 including English and Maths or a vocational qualification Level 1 in the chosen subject, plus GCSE grade D/3 in both English and Maths. 
English & Maths Functional Skills Level 1 will be accepted as an alternative to GCSEs.  

Full time Level 3 Course
Minimum of 4 GCSEs at grades A-C/4-9 (including English and Maths) or a vocational qualification Level 2 in the chosen subject,
English & Maths Functional Skills Level 2 will be accepted as an alternative to GCSEs in some subject areas.  

T Level 
Minimum of 4 GCSE passes but English and Maths GCSE must be Grade 4 or above. 
T levels in Science and Healthcare Science will also require a minimum of a grade 4 in a GCSE Science subject.


How to apply

You can apply for this programme via the Apply Now button, at the top.

If this course area is available as an apprenticeship, this will show under 'Study Option' on the right-hand side, just below the Apply Now button. You can view all of our apprenticeship vacanices and subjects by clicking the 'Apprenticeships' in the top menu.


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 be eligible for funding towards your course fees. It will depend on your personal circumstances and will be discussed at enrolment. You will be asked to bring documentation with you when you are invited to enrol.
  • If you are aged 19 and over and study Maths or English and do not already hold a C grade/4 or higher in the subject that you are studying, you will get the course for free.
  • If you have any queries please contact us on 0161 785 4039 or email

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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.

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