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Nail Services NVQ Level 3 at South Essex College

Course description

This course will give you the skills you need to work in a salon or become a self-employed nail technician. You can also progress to further courses in salon management.

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Course content

  • health and safety
  • fibreglass nail enhancements
  • acrylic nail enhancements
  • hard gel nail enhancements
  • develop a range of creative nail images
  • nail art and airbrushing of the nails (Level 2 Award in Airbrushing Nail Design)
  • functional skills or GCSE in maths and English

Entry requirements

  • four GCSEs at grade C or above, including English, with maths at grade D or above, or
  • a recognised manicure qualification is a prerequisite, if you do not have this there may the opportunity to achieve this along side the nail qualification at an additional cost where applicable 
  • you will be required to purchase salon wear, a basic equipment kit and textbooks and pay a fee towards the cost of consumables used on the course


  • practical assessments
  • coursework
  • multiple choice examinations

Financial information

FREE to UK/EU under 19s not in employment

Future opportunities

  • progress on to the Salon Management Level 4 Diploma
  • progress to employment in a nail salon

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact South Essex College directly.

Last updated date: 12 February 2016
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    • Set in spacious and tranquil grounds just outside of Basildon town centre, our Basildon Campus specialises in realistic work environments for a range of vocational courses such as childcare, hairdressing, beauty therapy, motor vehicle engineering, health and social care, public services and sport.