Faculty of Beauty and Make-up

Attendance Options: Full Time, Part Time, Full Time


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:

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:

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

Thursday evening, 6-9pm

Uniform and kit required:

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:

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:

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:

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:

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:

Starting salaries depend on your skills and expertise.

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 GCSE Re-sit Study Course
You will receive an offer of a place on the course subject to passing an English & Maths 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, 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, plus GCSE grade C/4 in both English and Maths

T Level 
Minimum of 5 GCSE passes but English and Maths 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 -

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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.

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

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.