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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. Fancy getting in on the action?

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Course Overview

The course teaches advanced nail techniques needed to become a professional nail technician. Level 3 Diploma in Nail Technology is made up of 10 units including:
Apply and maintain nail enhancements (Acrylic and Gel), Enhance nails using electronic files, Design and apply nail art (Including long-lasting gel polish) and Monitor and maintain health and safety practice in the salon.

Once you have reached a suitable standard, you will work on clients (members of the general public) booked through our dedicated reception area.

The highest standards of personal presentation are required. This is more than neat uniform, make-up and hair. It is about developing communication skills and own mannerisms that inspire client confidence in the therapist. The course will offer examples and tuition for you to build these qualities, so the fullest range of employment opportunities are available to you.

You will take part in organised visits and also assist in organising in house competitions which you can observe if you are not an entrant.

Pamper days are provided for several local community groups to deliver pamper days to carers for their patients. These experiences give you the chance to work with different clients and are useful in preparation for employment.

Functional skills are fundamental for the vital development of a professional image and salon persona as the highest standards of personal presentation are required to work in beauty therapy. Employers in surveys state that they need basic ICT, English and Maths in their workforce. English is studied as a part of this course.

You will be required to purchase a salon uniform and wear for practical classes and will need to buy a kit and textbook for your personal use within lessons. You are required to register with the awarding body and purchase an assessment logbook.

There is no final examination, but you will be continuously assessed using a range of methods; observation of practical work, oral questions, assignments, online tests and portfolio evidence to demonstrate understanding. You will be required to undertake independent study outside of the taught sessions and practice your skills. Practical skills will be taught with use of a hand trainer at first and then progress onto working on members of your class for realistic practice.

Entry Requirements

You will need to have a Level 2 qualification in Nail Technology or Beauty Therapy, or equivalent. You must also have a keen interest in working with a variety of nail techniques on both hands and feet. You will need to be willing to be a model during practical lessons.

After Your Course

Students may progress to a position within the industry; opportunities including working as a professional nail technician within a salon or on a cruise ship. You can see what some of our students did following this area of study here:



Course fees are per year for full-time & degree-level courses, and per course for part-time ones. The current full-time & degree-level fee information is related to the 2019/20 academic year and is subject to change before the start of the course. Fees for 2020/21 will be updated in the Spring Term. There may also be additional costs associated with the course.

This course is funded by the government and may be free if you are:

  • Aged 16-18 on 31/08/19
  • Aged 19-23 on an Entry Level or Level 1 course with intent to progress to a Level 2 course
  • Aged 19-23 on your first full Level 2 or Level 3 course
  • Aged 19-23 on your first Level 4 course (if you haven’t already got a Level 3 qualification)
  • Aged 19+ on Functions Skills or GCSE English or Maths
  • Unemployed and in receipt of JSA/ESA(WRAG)/Universal Credit or another eligible state benefit on an Entry Level, Level 1 or Level 2 course
  • Member of a low income household & in financial hardship on an Entry Level, Level 1 or Level 2 course

Level 3-6 Courses for Adults

Advanced Learning Loans are available for students aged 19+ and studying an eligible Level 3/4/5 and 6 Course. If you are on an Access course, the loan will be written off if you complete a degree.

Please speak to Student Services for more information on course fees.

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