VTCT Level 3 Diploma in Nail Technology Studies

Course Outline

The VTCT Level 3 Diploma in Nail Technology Studies (QCF) is a technical level qualification that provides learners with the knowledge, understanding and skills to work as a nail technician. This qualification is based on Habia National Occupational Standards (NOS). This qualification is recognised by the UK’s largest beauty therapy/nail services trade body/professional association, The Federation of Holistic Therapists (FHT) and also the UK’s second largest association representing beauty therapy/nail services employers; the British Association of Beauty Therapy and Cosmetology (BABTAC) as being fit for purpose for preparing learners for a career as a nail technician.

The content of this qualification is comprised of all the required elements to work effectively as a nail technician including health and safety, client care and communication, applying and maintaining nail enhancements using either ultra-violet gel or liquid and powder, nail art using both manual and airbrush techniques, electric filing techniques, how to promote products and services and business and teamwork skills. All units in this qualification are mandatory.

Career Opportunities

Career opportunities as a nail technician exist in a variety of contexts, including:

  • Beauty Salons
  • Nail Salons
  • Nail Service Concession in Department Stores
  • Hair & Beauty Salons
  • Day Spas
  • Independent/Self-Employed/Mobile/Home-Based Settings
  • Product Manufacturing and Training
  • Destination/Hotel Spas
  • HM Prison Service
  • Cruise Liners

Become a Nail Technician in just 18 Weeks

“Just finished my level 3. I joined the course as a qualified nail technician. I was there to refresh my skills. As a lot of the course plan I could already do to salon standard, Sharron pushed me in other areas and taught me new skills and advised different tricks/tips. I’ve come away with more knowledge and already gained more confidence in different areas. Had the best 20 weeks and I’m sad it’s ended. Sharron has been not only a fab tutor but was also there as a friend to us all.”

Mandy McGowan

Course Modules

Mandatory – from this group you’ll need to cover a minimum of 9 units and earn a minimum of 43 credits

Unit CodeUnit ReferenceUnit TitleLevelCreditsGLH
UV30405A/601/4444Apply and maintain nail enhancements315111
UV30407L/601/3931Airbrush designs for nails3422
UV30408L/601/3993Working with colleagues within beauty related industries3214
UV30429T/601/5334Enhance nails using electric files3329
UV30435J/601/5337Promote and sell products and services to clients3434
UV30449A/601/5500Contribute to the effective running of business3330
UV30468T/601/4457Client care and communication in beauty-related industries3328
UV30476K/601/4794Design and apply nail art3539
UV30491R/600/8780Monitor and maintain health and safety practice in the salon3429

Nail kit provided free of charge

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