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Diploma in Nail Technology

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.

This qualification has specifically been designed for the 16-19 age group and builds on existing knowledge and understanding of nail services gained at Level 2, enabling learners to expand the scope of their technical skills for employment 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.

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

Unit Title Level Credits GLH
Apply and maintain nail enhancements 3 15 111
Airbrush designs for nails 3 4 22
Working with colleagues within beauty related industries 3 2 14
Enhance nails using electric files 3 3 29
Promote and sell products and services to clients 3 4 34
Contribute to the effective running of business 3 3 30
Client care and communication in beauty-related industries 3 3 28
Design and apply nail art 3 5 39
Monitor and maintain health and safety practice in the salon 3 4 29

Entry requirements Learners should have language skills to the equivalent of the following:

  • A BI level qualification on the Home Office’s list of recognised English tests and qualifications
  • An ESOL qualification at Entry 3 or higher (e.g. Level 1 or 2) on the Ofqual register taken in England, Wales or Northern Ireland
  • An ESOL qualification at Scottish Qualifications Framework levels 4, 5 or 6 awarded by the Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA) and taken in Scotland
  • Functional Skills Level 1 in English
  • SQA Core Skills at Scottish Qualifications Framework Level s 4, 5 or 6.



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