Nail Technology Level 3 NVQ Diploma

Level 1 Diploma
Course Location


Stockport College


Stockport College

Course Overview

This course is designed for learners who have already completed Level 2 Nail Services or Level 2 Beauty Therapy.

This course offers you the employability skills required to work as a professional Nail Technician to Level 3 Standard.

You will gain advanced specialist training in nail techniques. Ranging from artificial structures (gel, acrylic and fibreglass, maintenance and repair, manual and electric filing) to nail art services (design and creation) embedding, 3D to competition work, whilst following health and safety and salon procedures to ensure client satisfaction.

You will develop good manual dexterity, good communication and interpersonal skills to help you progress further with your career in this industry.

Further Details


College 16-18

Course Start Date


Course Duration

Full-Time - 1 year


Beauty Therapies

You must have completed either Level 2 NVQ Diploma in Nail Services or Level 2 Beauty Therapy.

4 GCSEs at Grade 3 including English and Maths at Grade 4.

A successful interview with a Beauty or Nail Expert.

This qualification will help confirm your competence as a nail technician. You will be expected to work in a real working environment on real clients, particularly because this qualification leads to employment in such a client-centred and service orientated sector. This qualification includes all the required elements to work effectively as a nail technician including enhancing and maintaining nails using UV gel and liquid and powder.

This qualification will prepare you for employment as a nail technician. You will also be eligible to join a professional association and gain insurance as a nail technician. Career opportunities as a nail technician exist in a variety of contexts, including:
– Working in commercial nail and beauty
– Working on a cruise ship
– Working in a retail concession / nail bar
– Working independently – self-employed / mobile / home-based settings

Monitoring procedures to safely control work operations
Enhancing and maintaining nails using UV gel
Enhancing and maintaining nails using liquid and powder
Developing a range of creative nail images
Planning and creating nail art designs
Enhance and maintain nails using wraps
Contributing to the planning and implementation of promotional activities
Contributing to the financial effectiveness of the business
Preparing and finishing nail overlays using electric files

After successful completion of this course you may progress onto the following courses:

Level 2 Diploma in Beauty Specialist Techniques
Level 3 Diploma in Beauty Therapy
Level 2 Diploma in Women’s Hairdressing
Level 2 Diploma in Barbering
Level 2 Diploma in Hair and Media Make-Up Studies

Career opportunities exist in a variety of contexts as a nail technician, including:
– Commercial nail salon
– Retail concession ‘nail bar’
– Independent/self-employed/mobile/home-based settings
– Cruise ships
– Educator
– Sales representive

As part of this qualification you are required to produce a portfolio of evidence. A portfolio will confirm the knowledge, understanding and skills that you have learnt over the course duration. It may be in either electronic or paper format.

Evidence in the portfolio may take the following forms:
Observed work
Witness statements
Audio-visual media
Evidence of prior learning or attainment
Oral questions
Case studies

This further education course is free for all 16-18 year olds who are a resident in the UK and the European Economic Area or have been for the last 3 years. You must be under 19 years old on 31st August in the calendar year you start your course.

19+ learners, please contact the Customer Services team on 0161 886 7070 for course and fee information.

There is a kit and uniform that must be purchased within the first 6 weeks of your course. Please discuss this with our Hair and Beauty Expert on your interview.

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