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VTCT Level 3 Diploma in Nail Technology

VTCT Level 3 Diploma in Nail Technology


This VTCT Level 3 Diploma in Nail Technology is the ideal advanced vocational course for any budding or ambitious nail technician, seeking to gain a highly regarded qualification. This qualification is fully accepted for licencing purposes so you can open your own nail salon or take your career to the next leave as a nail salon manager. The course is also suitable for those without a previous Level 2 Nails qualification, as our tailored teaching methods can be adapted to support learners at any level - saving you both time and money.

On the Level 3 Diploma in Nail Technology, you will acquire all the skill and knowledge needed to offer outstanding treatments, manage or run your own business or to train others to excel in the industry. You will master technical skills including manicure and pedicures, nail art, nail enhancement using UV gels, acrylics and electric drills, alongside nail theory, sales and promotions, client care and business effectiveness.


This fast-track course can be completed around your commitments making it the perfect choice for those wanting a good balance of classroom teaching and home learning.


You will also be required to do some home-based learning to practice your skills and complete homework as part of this course.


We are committed to making our assessments a supportive and encouraging experience. Our highly experienced tutors will always ensure you are relaxed and confident before undergoing any assessment modules.

  • Course units

    ➖ Monitor and maintain health & safety practice in the salon

    ➖ Client care and communication in beauty-related industries

    ➖ Maintaining personal health and wellbeing

    ➖ Apply and maintain nail enhancements

    ➖ Provide manicure treatments

    ➖ Provide pedicure treatments

    ➖ Design and apply nail art

    ➖ Enhance nails using electric files

    ➖ Display stock to promote sales in a salon

    ➖ Promote products and services to clients in a salon

  • Entry requirements

    ➖ No previous experience - you do not need a Level 2 Nails qualification to complete this course

    ➖ Good standard of English sufficient to complete the course competences and online examinations

    ➖ Students must be over 16 years old to enrol on this course

  • When does the course start?

    ➖ This Level 3 Diploma in Nail Technology course starts every February and September

  • How long is the course?

    ➖ 18 weeks (1 day per week)

    ➖ 10am - 5pm

    ➖ Maximum class size: 12 students

  • How will I be assessed?

    ➖ Online theory tests (multiple choice)

    ➖ Observations and oral questioning

    ➖ Practical assessments and assignments

    ➖ Portfolio evidence

  • Do I need to bring a model?

    No. However, you can bring a model for your practical assessments if you wish to.
    At all other times students will be expected to practice on each other.

  • What do I need to buy for this course?

    ➖ Stationery - notepad and pen

    ➖ Uniform - therapist tunic, black trousers and black flat closed toe shoes

    ➖ Brushes - you will need to purchase two brushes that we recommend

    ➖ Equipment - whilst you are training with us, we provide all other products and equipment you need to complete your practical assessments

  • What can I do with this qualification?

    There are so many options with this qualification. You can seek employment as an advanced Nail Technician, Salon Manager Freelancer or you can set up your own salon or mobile business. You could decide to take your qualification abroad and work internationally in a hotel or on a cruise ship. Or share your skills and become a lecturer at a beauty college.

    The VTCT Level 3 in Nail Technology is a highly recognised qualification that is accepted across the UK for working in salons, nail bars, hotels and spas or as a freelance nail technician. As an internationally accredited qualification you can also work across the globe, on cruise liners or in other international beauty sectors.

  • Payment options

    ➖ Pay in full - £1600 plus VAT (£1920 total) this includes the VTCT registration

    ➖ Pay in 4 months interest free instalments - example £250 deposit, then 3 x monthly instalments

    ➖ Funded - 19+ Learner Loan

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