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Nail Technology Diploma Level 3 at New College Nottingham

Course description

If you enjoy creating innovative and exciting nail art , this course is for you.
This course is sure to get your creative juices flowing. It will encourage you to experiment and explore the latest nail art methods and technology using the College’s state-of-the-art equipment and facilities.

Whether you imagine yourself working in a busy salon, health farm, cruise liner, or becoming your own boss with your own business, this course will equip you with the relevant skills and experience to kick start your career.

The College has an established commercial nail bar on campus with real paying customers so you can brush up on your customer service skills as well as gain invaluable on-the-job experience.

Did you know that in Nottingham you can expect to earn up to £20k in this sector, and up to 32k if you manage your own salon? 

Course content

You can expect hands-on learning to ensure you master all the required techniques and skills to become a qualified nail technician.

You will have plenty of opportunity to gain hands-on experience in one of ncn’s training salons or commercial nail bar.

During the course you will gain practical skills such as nail art design, manicures, and the three systems of nail extensions, as well as theory-based elements to ensure you have the broad skills-base that is required by the industry.

You will acquire a good understanding of the beauty industry as a whole, along with the career opportunities and progression routes available to you on completion of the course.

You will be expected to have a high level of customer service skills and health and safety knowledge, which the course will also cover. 

Entry requirements

You must have ONE of the following:

  • Level 2 qualification in Nails or Beauty Therapy
  • Level 3 qualification in Beauty Therapy at Merit

In addition students must have the following:

  • GCSE English & Maths at grades A*-C and Science at grade D or above.

Equivalent qualifications - Functional Skills may be accepted in place of GCSE English and/or Maths

Adults 19+ who have industry experience BUT do not have the necessary qualifications can be invited in for interview


You will be assessed through a combination of practical observations, assignments, portfolio, and theory-based units and tests.

Future opportunities

  • Diploma Level 2 Beauty Therapy or Hairdressing
  • Diploma Level 3 routes in Beauty Therapy or Body & Spa Therapy  
  • Assessor Award
  • Teacher training  
  • Foundation Degree

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 25 April 2016

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