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Nail Services Level 3 Apprenticeship at Kendal College

Course description

Apprenticeships allow you to gain qualifications whilst working - you will normally study one day per week in college and spend the rest of the week at work, usually at least 30 hours per week. They are available at two levels, the Intermediate and the Advanced Apprenticeship.

This apprenticeship will equip you with the skills to be able to provide an effective range of specialist nail services, including gel nails, acrylic, fibreglass, nail art and other treatments, whilst working in a salon and earning a wage. 

You will be encouraged to develop a professional attitude by working on your skills in communication/ interpersonal skills, personal appearance and social behaviour. 

Course content

This Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Nail Services is made of the following units: 

- Enhance and maintain nails using UV Gel, Liquid and Powder and Wraps.  
- Monitor procedures to safely control work operations 
- Contribute to the financial effectiveness of the business 
- Promote additional products or services to clients 
- Plan and create nail art designs 
- Prepare and finish nails using electric files

Students also get involved in shows and competitions.

Entry requirements

For the Advanced Apprenticeship you should have completed the Level 2 Apprenticeship or an equivalent qualification (five GCSEs at grade A*-C, including English) 

You should also be working for 30 hours per week (if you are looking for employment see below for information).

This Hairdressing and Beauty Therapy industry has high client expectations and relies on repeat business so importance is given to: 

- Appropriate personal presentation including clothing, hair and personal hygiene.  
- Practical, organisational and social skills.  
- Attention to detail and cleanliness.  
- A good sense of humour/amicable nature and communication skills whether dealing face to face with clients or speaking on the telephone.  
- Willingness to work flexible hours/days as agreed in the employment contract.  
- A high degree of dexterity and coordination. 

Potential apprentices with a predisposition to certain skin conditions or allergies, such as occupational dermatitis, eczema or asthma, need to understand that some of the chemicals, liquids and aerosols used in beauty therapy may have a significant effect on their health. 

Colour blindness would restrict opportunities in the wide use of artificial colouring products and services in the industry. Units relating to make-up application and nail services require the ability to recognise tones, shades and changes in a range of colours. 

Looking for Employment? See below for what to do next…

- Email for more information.

- Register your details with the National Apprenticeship Matching Service (NAS) and search online for vacancies at

- Check the College’s website page regularly (sometimes employers only want to recruit locally and so they advertise on our website and not the NAS website):

- Make sure your CV is up to date and is relevant to the job industry you are applying to.

- Contact local businesses and see if they have any vacancies available.


The majority of the qualification is completed through practical assessments. These can be college based as part of your timetable or completed in the work place with your assessor.

As part of the apprenticeship framework, reviews are completed every 12 weeks by the assessor where progress is discussed by the apprentice, assessor and employer.

Future opportunities

Recognition of your qualifications by employers can lead to rapid career development in the workplace or progression on to higher levels of study.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 21 April 2016
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    • The majority of our courses are based at our main site. The College completed a £12.9 million new build project in 2008, which includes reception, conference and seminar suites, hairdressing salons and 250-seat cafe with external balcony. The site also features the stunning Construction and Heritage Centre, which features cutting edge facilities for carpentry and joinery, brickwork, plumbing and electrical installation.

      In October 2010 the College opened the South Lakeland Design Engineering Centre, which has brought engineering back to Kendal College. The Centre, designed in conjunction with local engineering firms including Gilbert Gilkes & Gordon Limited, features state of the art computer numerical control (CNC) machinery, including a 3D printer, which prints out solid models directly from CAD Drawings. The college is currently building a new, purpose-built engineering centre which will open in September 2014 and provide new courses in medical science, engineering and sustainable energy.