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Nail Technology VTCT Certificate Level 2 at Boston College

Course description

The VTCT Level 2 Certificate in Nail Technology is a qualification that has been specifically designed to develop practical skills in how to provide and maintain nail enhancements and manicure treatments and nail art. 

During this course you will develop a sound knowledge of health and safety practices in a salon environment and how to promote client care and communications in the beauty related sectors. You will also develop an underpinning knowledge and understanding of the practical skills learnt throughout this qualification. 

The purpose of this qualification is to develop your skills in nail technology to a high level of occupational ability, to enable you to perform your own salon services. 

The Beauty department has three fully equipped salons together with a reception area for all practical skills. Theory sessions will be taught either in the resource area or various classrooms.

Course content

The course consists of units covering: 

- Health and safety 
- Client care and communication 
- Provide manicure treatments 
- Provide nail art 
- Provide and maintain nail enhancement 

During practice sessions you will be required to work on each other before progressing to work on clients. 

The course of study will include theoretical and practical sessions through individual and group work. 

You will be required to gain practical experience by performing treatments on clients in the realistic working environment of the salon and complete practical assessments. The average group size is 16 students.

Entry requirements

You must have achieved a Level 2 standard of education and/or have appropriate and relevant work experience. 

You will be required to sit a basic skills test to assess your suitability for the course.


The course is based on an assessment structure therefore you will be continually assessed throughout the course. Assessments will cover practical applications, written assignments, online exams, oral questioning and a portfolio of evidence.

Financial information

Approximate additional costs for items which must be purchased at the start of the course include: 

- Manicure/pedicure kit £40 
- Nail art kit £35 
- Nail technology kit £120 
- Uniform/salon wear £20 
- Text book £20 
- Material Fees £20 

Financial assistance can be gained from a means tested bursary and Be Brilliant Foundation, this can be used against any of the additional costs. 

Future opportunities

Successful completion will enable you to seek employment directly in the nail industry in a nail salon or work on a freelance/mobile basis within this field. 

Alternatively you could progress on to other VTCT evening courses that we offer such as Indian Head Massage.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 09 February 2017

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