Nail Technology City & Guilds Level 3 Diploma

29007L0 | Leigh College
Start Date | 05/09/2022
Time/Day | FULL TIME

Is this course for me?

The beauty industry is worth an estimated £17billion in the UK and employs more than one million people. We have a first-rate reputation for equipping students with the skills to work at national and international level. Aspiring professionals can gain the technical skills, professionalism and qualifications to establish a successful career. The College incorporates industry trends and advances in technology into the courses delivered at the Image Centres in Wigan and Leigh. You will be able to explore a host of career opportunities in salons, clinics, health farms, hotels, in theatres, the media, teaching, training and in sales. If you want to take your nail services career to the next level then this course is for you. Our Level 3 Nail Technology programme enables learners to further develop the knowledge and skills, professional expertise and supervisory skills from those gained at Level 2. This course provides nail technicians with the competitive edge in terms of quality, employability and professional standards.

What will I study?

During this course you will study the following units:

Promote products and services,

apply and maintain nail enhancements,

create airbrush designs incorporating advanced nail art,

use electric filing techniques,

enhance and maintain nails using light cured gel including hard gels,

balance liquid and powder nail enhancements,

learn the latest gel polish nail services.

You will also promote and sell products and services to clients, study business practice, anatomy and physiology for the hands

As part of your programme of study you will participate in work experience to develop tour employability skills.

As well as complete GCSE English and / or maths if needed.

How long is the course?

Full time for one academic year

How will I be assessed?

Candidates are assessed by continuous observation of skills, assessing performance and through written tests.

You will be required to build a portfolio, show casing your practical skills and experiences gained on the course.

What qualifications do I need?

Successful completion of Level 2 in the subject plus maths or English at grade C / 4.

What can I progress onto?

Employment within a beauty salon or specialist nail salon. Your industry work placement will be integral in developing skills and building the confidence to gain employment. Career Prospects include Beauty Therapist - an area manager in Beauty Consultancy can expect to earn over 30K a year. Other careers include Makeup Artist, Massage Therapist, Nail Technician, Holistic Therapist, Theatre/TV Makeup Artist, Salon Manager, Electrologist, Aromatherapist, Reflexologist, Technical trainer for product manufacturer, Company sales reps and Teaching.

Other Information

Both Image Centres have state of the art facilities offering a realistic working environment. You will need to purchase a kit and Image Centre uniform. You will also have the opportunity to participate in trips, shows and competitions. If you are 16-18 years old, you may be eligible for our FREE bus pass. Find out more at

Course Fees

16-18 Year Olds 19+ year olds Free for eligible learners? Is Loan Available?
£2465.00 No Yes

Exam Fee


Hairdressing and Beauty Salon Managers and Proprietors

Job holders in this unit group plan, organise, direct and co-ordinate the activities and resources of hairdressing salons, beauty treatment and similar establishments.

Requirements: Level 3 NVQ; A Levels


FALL in employment in 5 years

What could you earn


Typical Tasks

  • Ensures financial accounts for the business are maintained.
  • Demonstrates, advises on and sells hair and/or beauty products.
  • Checks and maintains any equipment, and ensures that all safety requirements are met.
  • Undertakes and/or directs hair treatments and/or beauty therapy.
  • Ensures clients.
  • Provides clients with information and advice on styles and treatments, and resolves any complaints or problems.
  • Controls the allocation, training and remuneration of staff.
  • Determines staffing, financial, material and other short- and long-term needs.


Customer and Personal Service Administration and Management Sales and Marketing Mathematics English Language Personnel and Human Resources


Learning Strategies Active Listening Writing Monitoring Active Learning Critical Thinking Reading Comprehension Speaking
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