VTCT Diploma in Nail Technology Level 3
In a nutshell
This is a comprehensive vocational course designed to give you the best preparation possible for a career as a nail technician, with a nationally-recognised
This course is for...
…anyone working or wanting to work as a nail technician.
The VTCT Level 3 Diploma in Nail Technology brings together all the required elements to work effectively as a professional nail technician.
Mandatory topics include:
- Providing manicures and pedicures
- Applying and maintaining nail enhancements
- Maintaining personal health and well-being
- Health and safety and client care.
Optional specialist topics may include:
- Designing and applying nail art
- Air brush designs
- Enhancing nails with electric files
- Promoting products
- Displaying stock to promote sales
You’ll also develop your knowledge and understanding of relevant anatomy and physiology, health and safety, client care and cosmetic beauty products and equipment, as well as a range of technical skills to prepare the skin and apply a variety of nail enhancement treatments using different techniques and interpersonal skills to help you communicate effectively with clients.
The qualification is based on the beauty therapy National Occupational Standards (NOS) and is recognised by the UK's leading professional association, the British Association of Beauty Therapy and Cosmetology (BABTAC). Once you’ve gained this qualification you’re eligible to become a professional member of BABTAC.
You’ll need to be self-motivated, hardworking, have a friendly personality and a high level of personal presentation, and be committed to full attendance and punctuality for all sessions. You’ll be expected to work on realistic clients in a commercial environment and also be responsible for developing your own 'client base' – although this qualification allows you to gather evidence in a realistic working environment without the need for fee paying clients.
You’ll be assessed using a combination of practical assessments for each unit, assignments and projects and multiple choice tests covering the underpinning knowledge.
The course is designed to help you find a job as a nail technician, enabling you to join a professional association and get the necessary insurance to work in the industry.
You’ll be aged 16 or over and have completed a Level 2 qualification in beauty therapy and/or a successful skills test and interview. You’ll also take an initial entrance assessment, and will need to be working at Levels 1 or 2 in Literacy.
The dress code for our salon is:
- Tunic with trousers and black shoes
- Hair neatly tied back off the face
- Nail extensions and varnish must not be worn
- No piercings – only a wedding ring can be worn
You’ll be expected to wear your beauty industry uniform or appropriate clothing and to buy a nail kit as a condition of your place on the course, at a cost of around £200 to £275.
Have any questions or are not sure if this is the right course for you?
Contact our Student Recruitment team
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