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Nail Technology Advanced Technical Diploma Level 3

Full-Time Study Programmes

  • Overview of the course

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    This course is a progression route from Level 2 Nail Services and will enable you to become a qualified nail technician. This one year course covers a wide range of both theoretical and practical aspects of Nail Services. The course will include all aspects of nail extensions including acrylic and gel sculptured nails, silk and fibreglass extensions and coloured acrylics. You will also cover nail art, including 3D embedding (into acrylic or gel), airbrushing and all other aspects to nail art.
    This course is designed for learners who desire a career in nail technology and want the option of working in salons, spas, health farms, cruise liners, freelance and many more.
  • How will I be assessed?

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    You will be assessed while working in the college salons on real clients. The practical tasks are assessed and your achievements will be recorded in your logbook. There are written tests and oral questions to assess knowledge and assignment work for certain aspects of the course. Records of all the work undertaken should be kept to provide evidence of competence. These will form the basis of your portfolio. The practical assessments will be graded pass, merit or distinction.
  • What can I expect to learn?

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    You will learn the following: health and safety, promote additional services to clients, contribute to the financial effectiveness of the business, enhance the appearance of natural nails using artificial nail systems including sculptured gel and acrylic, tips, fibreglass, gel overlays, maintain and repair nails, provide nail art services to clients including air brushing, provide client with infill’s and backfills using a drill, design and create images including nail art themes, 3D and techniques.
    Every year students will produce an in-house talent/skills show related to their area. Guest speakers will demonstrate advanced nail techniques to enhance your skills. All students will enter national competitions throughout the year. Work experience is also a vital and essential part of the course.
  • What qualification will I be awarded if I successfully complete the course?

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    VRQ Level 3 in Nail Technology
  • How can I progress after this course?

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    Learners can progress onto either
    • Level 4 Salon Management
    • Level 3 Nail Services
    • Level 3 Complimentary Therapy
  • What do I need to join the course?

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    Learners must demonstrate a commitment to learn.
    A Level 2 Nail or Beauty Therapy qualification or manicure certificate
    Good dexterity skills are paramount and this will be with a skills test.
    You will need to enjoy working with other people and co-operate as part of a team. You need to be committed and keen to practice as you learn new skills. Entry is through a personal interview

  • Is there anything else I need to know?

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    The course begins in September and finishes in June.
    Tuition and certification are free if you are aged 16-18 years old. Related additional costs may include visits and extra external professional development courses, which are payable by all students.

    The Nail industry has an accepted dress code and all students will be expected to comply with these standards of dress when working in the Nail Salon. No jewellery or acrylic nails are allowed by the exam board. Professional work wear will include a black tunic (approx £29) and full smart full-length black trousers and black full shoes. You will purchase the stationary and file kits at approximately £6.
    Also you will need a Level 3 Nail Kit which will be discussed t interview to keep prices competitive.

    As part of your practical assessments, you will perform practical treatments on clients. Learners will be equally responsible for providing clients and they will incur a college fee, with discounted rates for friends and family. You will be required to carry out treatments on clients, this is an awarding body requirements.
    You will be expected to have a minimum of 90% attendance and all absences must be explained to your tutor with medical evidence if there is more than one week of absence.

  • Who can I speak to about this course?

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    Phone- 01204482516 or email -
  • I'm interested, what do I need to do next?

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    Contact the person or team named on this sheet to arrange an interview.
  • Additional Information

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    All learners will complete an individual learning plan which will be discussed with their tutor throughout the course.


    You may not have to pay tuition fees at all, if you fall into one of the groups eligible for fee exemptions. If you feel you may be eligible or would like someone to explain course fees in more detail, please call our helpline on 01204 482 000.


    Tutors teach throughout the day and evening and are not always available by phone. Please leave a voicemail message where possible and we will ring you back as soon as possible.
    Please note: Learners on a Learner Responsive course (shown under the course code) must bring their qualification certificates with them to enrolment. Learners will not be able to enrol without this information. If you have lost any certificates please contact your school in the first instance. If they are unable to provide a copy, you can contact one of the following exam boards (your school will be able to tell you which one you need):
    • OCR:
    • Edexcel:
    • AQA:
    If you are unable to provide certificates you will be asked to complete a self declaration form when you enrol.


    Our Helpline can provide you with general information regarding studying at Bolton College. We also offer advice and guidance meetings to help you decide your next move. Please call 01204 482 000. Lines are open Monday to Friday between 10am and 7pm during term time and between 9am and 5pm out of term.
    Bolton College endeavours to ensure that the information provided in this document is accurate. All courses are offered subject to student numbers and the College reserves the right to amend, withdraw or amalgamate any of the courses, fees, services, locations or facilities described at any time.

    Equalities Statement

    The College will treat all members of the community equally and will not favour any particular individual or group. English is our principal language but we will endeavour to provide information relating to this document in other formats and languages. If customers require this type of support they should contact email the Customer Services Manager at or alternatively call 01204 482 040 or visit us at Deane Road, Bolton, BL3 5BG.

    Enrolment Details

    To enrol at one of our Community Learning Centres or our main Deane Road Campus click here for enrolment times.
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  • Time:

    09:00 - 17:00
    13.5 (Hrs Per Week)

  • Duration:

    36 weeks

  • Venue:

    Deane Road Campus

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