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5:30pm - 8:30pm
16/17 Weeks
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Barbering, Hairdressing & Beauty Therapy

Thanks in some part to the growth in celebrity culture and the rise of social influencers, the UK Hair & Beauty industry is now worth an astounding £6.2 billion.

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Course Overview

If you are looking to embark on a career as a nail technician, working either in a salon or nail bar, our VTCT in Level 2 in Nail Technology course is designed to equip you with the knowledge, practical skills and industry-required qualification to be able do this with confidence.

This qualification can be completed in as little as 30weeks and includes the following units:
- Health, safety & hygiene
- Consultation techniques
- Contraindications
- Manicure
- Acrylic Nail Extensions (tip & overlay method)
- UV Gel Nail Extensions (tip & overlay method)
- Aftercare advice
- Basic Nail Art

This exciting course is hands-on, provides you with in-depth detail on a range of nail treatments and it is designed to prepare you to begin your career within the industry. The qualification not only provides you with extensive career opportunities, it is also internationally recognised and demonstrates your ability to work to an industry-standard level of practice.

You will learn a wide range of practical skills, from the polishing techniques to achieving a professional result, whilst also learning how to achieve in-demand nail enhancement services such as acrylic nails and gel polish.

Whilst you are perfecting your practical skills during training, you will also be consolidating your theoretical knowledge with our comprehensive tutoring. You will also be practising the skills that you have learnt in college, on models (friends/family) at home, gradually building a portfolio of treatments to submit as your practical coursework.

You can start earning by offering treatments to paying clients as soon as you have obtained your insurance, which can be purchased once you have successfully passed your VTCT qualification.

You will be assessed through assignments, exams and practical observations. You will need to provide at least three models to receive a full set of nails as part of your practical observations. To achieve the qualification you will need to complete and pass two online exams and submit and pass two set assignments.

Entry Requirements

A good standard of English plus communication skills. You must show interest and motivation with a keeness to learn.

After Your Course

Students may progress to a junior position within industry and/or progress level 2 diploma in Beauty Specialist Techniques, the level 3 diploma in Nail Technology or the level 2 diploma in Hair & Media Make-Up.



The fee displayed is the course fee. Course fees are per year for full-time & degree-level courses, and per course for part-time courses.

There may be other costs associated with this course e.g. kit, equipment, books, trips etc. Financial support may be available to support you with these. See the Student Money pages for more information.

Courses Fees

The current full-time & degree-level fee information is related to the 2022/23 academic year.

Entry Level, Level 1 & Level 2 Courses

You may qualify for financial support to cover the cost of a government-funded qualification if any of the below apply to you:

  • Have an annual salary of less than £18,525
  • Receive an eligible means-tested benefit e.g. JSA, ESA or Universal Credit
  • Are aged 16-18 on 31/08/22 and are not studying at another school/college
  • Are aged 19 or over on 31/08/22 and do not already have a Level 1, 2 or 3 qualification
  • Have a household income under £35,000 and are in financial hardship

See the Student Money pages for more information.