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Beauty NVQ Level 3 Diploma – Nails at Sandwell College

Course description

This one-year course is for learners who have achieved an NVQ Level 2 Beauty or - preferably - NVQ Level 2 Nails qualification within the past three years.

Course content

This course comprises seven units which include acrylic, gel and wrap enhancements, nail art, creative nail designs and airbrushing. All learners will plan and create their own 3D nail designs within the annual internal nail competition to demonstrate skills learned over the programme. Selected learners will be encouraged to enter regional and national competitions including World Skills through our gifted and talented programme.

Entry requirements

Applicants should have 5 GCSEs at Grade D or above, ideally including Maths and English. Previous experience of beauty therapy will be taken into account. You will need to successfully complete a trade test and be interviewed prior to acceptance on the course.


Individual performance will be assessed practically in our state-of-the-art nail bar and by means of internal and external written assessments, oral questioning and practical skills.

Future opportunities

Upon successful completion of this course, you will become a fully-qualified nail technician with possible careers including nail bar and salon work, media work, freelance nail technician, worldwide travel working on board cruise liners, or the possibility of studying on Higher Education courses.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 01 June 2016

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