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Advanced Apprenticeship in Nail Services at The White Rose School of Beauty (Barnsley)

Course description

Primary outcome

The primary outcome of the Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Nail Services (QCF) is to confirm your competence in the job role of nail technician. All the units in this qualification relate directly to the specific job role of a nail technician.



The Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Nail Services (QCF) is a substantial vocational qualification that will confirm your competence as a nail technician.

This qualification is designed for learners aged 16 years or over and will support you to gain employment as a nail technician, as the units contained in this qualification cover all the skills and knowledge required for this role. Entry onto this qualification can be via previous attainment of a Level 2 qualification in beauty therapy and/or a successful skills test and interview.

Learners may have to undertake maths and english as part of their apprenticeship programme.  Apprentices need to be employed.

Course content

This qualification includes all the required elements to work effectively as a nail technician including: enhance and maintain nails using UV gel and liquid and powder.

You will also develop your understanding and skills by selecting a number of optional specialist units which include: designing and creating nail art, air brush designs, enhancing nails with electric files, wraps, promoting products and contributing to the financial effectiveness of a business. The structure of this qualification provides you with the opportunity to develop the knowledge, understanding and skills required for a career as a nail technician.

Throughout this qualification you will develop your knowledge and understanding of relevant anatomy and physiology, health and safety, client care and nail product knowledge. You will develop a range of technical skills in nail enhancements, using a variety of different products, tools and techniques. You will also develop interpersonal skills that will assist you to communicate effectively with clients. 

Entry requirements

It is recommended that learners have achieved a level of education equivalent to four GCSE’s at grades A*-C prior to commencing the programme, however, learners should discuss their own circumstances with the College as entry is based on qualifications, skills and experience as well as a keen interest in a career in the Beauty Therapy industry.


  • Assessment is through portfolio building and continual assessment of practical skills, written work and assignments.
  • Learner progress is monitored through regular tutorials and reviews.
  • Support is provided by our expert team throughout the course

Financial information

The cost will vary depending on age and current qualifications and need to be discussed with the College.

Future opportunities

What could this qualification lead to?

This qualification will prepare you for employment as a nail technician. You will also be eligible to join a professional association and gain insurance as a nail technician. Career opportunities as a nail technician exist in a variety of contexts, including:

- Working in commercial nail and beauty
- Working in a retail concession / nail bar
- Working independently/self-employed/mobile/home-based settings

Who supports this qualification?

This qualification is based on the beauty therapy National Occupational Standards (NOS) and is recognised by the UK's leading professional association, the British Association of Beauty Therapy and Cosmetology (BABTAC) as being fit for purpose to confirm your competence as a nail technician. Holders of this qualification are eligible to become a professional member of BABTAC. 

Further information

Learners should contact the College to discuss/apply for this course and ensure it is appropriate for their needs.

The college is located in the centre of Barnsley at:

White Rose School of Health and Beauty (Barnsley), Queens Court Business Centre, Regent Street, Barnsley S70 2EG

Tel: 01226 786 763

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The White Rose School of Beauty (Barnsley) directly.

Last updated date: 17 March 2016
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