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Artificial Nails Certificate Level 3

  • 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.
    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.
  • What you'll 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.
    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.
  • Entry requirements

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    Learners must demonstrate a commitment to learn and have the appropriate life skills.
    A Level 2 Nail 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.
  • 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.
  • Is there anything else I need to know?

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    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.
    All the equipment you need as part of the course will be provided by the College however, if you wish to purchase your own Nail Kit you can do so for approximately £190 (this cost is not covered by the Advanced Learner Loan).

    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 stationery and file kits at approximately £6.
    Also you will need a Level 3 Nail Kit which will be discussed at 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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    You can contact a member of the team via
  • I'm interested in this course, what do I need to do next?

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    Click here to apply for this course.

    You will then be invited in to Bolton College to attend an interview.
  • Course Fees

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    Other fees: £941.00
  • Future opportunities

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    Learners can progress onto either
    • Level 4 Salon Management
    • Level 3 Nail Services
    • Level 3 Complimentary Therapy
  • 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.

    Adult Learners

    Adult learners (19+) 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):
    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 :
    • during term time : Monday to Thursday between 8:45am and 7pm (5pm on Fridays)
    • out of term : Monday to Friday between 9am and 5pm

    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.

    Safeguarding Statement

    Bolton College are committed to ensuring that learners have a right to feel safe wherever they learn, in the classroom on or online. If you have any personal safety or other worries, for example, feeling bullied; being made to feel uncomfortable or experiencing an inappropriate situation when you are attending college, please speak to the tutor, someone in the Learning Centre Reception or contact the College Safeguarding Team on 01204 482180 or 01204 482758.

    Enrolment Details

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

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    Every care has been taken to ensure that the information contained within these course information sheets was accurate at the time of publishing.
    Bolton College is constantly evaluating its services to meet the needs of learners; therefore programmes/courses/Apprenticeships, resources and facilities may be subject to change without prior notice.
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  • Time:

    17:30 - 21:00
    3.50 (Hrs Per Week)

  • Duration:

    23 weeks

  • Venue:

    Deane Road Campus

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