Nail Technology Level 2 and Level 3

Course overview

You will develop all the skills and knowledge needed to offer outstanding treatments, gain employment within the industry or manage/start your own business. You will master technical skills including manicure and pedicures, nail art, e-file and nail enhancement using UV gels, and acrylics.

The VTCT Level 2 and Level 3 Nail courses are the ideal advanced vocational course for anyone interested in becoming a nail technician and seeking to gain a highly regarded qualification.

Once fully completed, this qualification will allow you to obtain insurance, providing you with the confidence to work independently within the industry.


This course will cover:

  • Manicure
  • Pedicure
  • Nail art
  • Nail enhancements – gel & acrylic
  • Health & safety
  • Client care
  • Anatomy & physiology

On successful completion of this course you will achieve:

Level 2 Certificate in Nail Services
Level 3 Diploma in Nail Technology

ou will be assessed in a number of ways:

  • Online theory tests
  • Observations and oral questioning
  • Practical assessments and assignments
  • Portfolio evidence

You will need to have your own models for the practical assessments.
At all other times during your study, you will be expected to practise on peers within your group and/or on a practice hand.

GCSE English, minimum Grade 4 is required for this course.

You will need to purchase:

  • Nail Technology Kit (recommended for home practise)
  • Activate Learning Uniform

Basic tools, products, and kits can be supplied for on-campus use.

You could progress to:

  • Beauty Therapy, Media Make-up, and Hairdressing courses.
  • Employment within the industry.
  • Self-employment, beginning your own business.

The VTCT Level 2 and 3 Nail courses are substantial vocational qualifications for learners seeking a career as an employed and/or self-employed nail technician.

This qualification is based on the nail services National Occupational Standards (NOS) and is recognised by the UK’s leading professional bodies (The British Association of Beauty Therapy and Cosmetology (BABTAC) and the Federation of Holistic Therapists (FHT)) as being fit for purpose for preparing learners for a career as a nail technician.

Course Starts in 106 Days
  • 11 September 2023 - 5 July 2024
  • 1 Year
    • 16-18: Free
    • Adult: £3815
    • 19+ Loans: £3815

      This course is eligible for Advanced Learner Loan funding.

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