Level 3 Diploma in Nail Services

Level 3 Diploma in Nail Services

Level 3 Diploma in Nail Services

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This course provides you with the knowledge, understanding and the practical skills for an exciting career in the nail industry. By the end of the course you will be able to both apply and maintain liquid and powder enhancements and UV gel enhancements. You will be able to create a beautiful pink and white set of enhancements, using tip, overlay and sculpting safely use an electric nail file and create advanced nail art.

The course is approximately 35% theory and 65% practical

You will study:

  • Health & safety
  • Customer care and communication
  • Salon management
  • UV gel nail enhancements – Traditional French finish and full colour
  • Liquid and powder nail enhancements – Traditional French finish and full colour
  • Safe use of electric nail files
  • Advanced nail art – including 3D and embedding
  • Airbrushed nail art

The course will includes visits to national exhibitions and guest speakers/trainers to keep you up-to-date with the latest developments within the industry. In house competitions take place termly, with prizes relevant to the course. You will get to work in our realistic working environment, Salon 50, on paying clients, to enhance your practical skills and develop your communication/consultation skills.

You will be assessed by a range of methods, these include observation for practical units and online examinations.

Depending on your aims and aspirations, successful completion of this course will enable you seek employment within a salon, on a Cruise ship or you may even want to start your own business. Alternatively, you may wish to add other skills to your repertoire and enrol on one of our hairdressing or beauty courses – thus giving you the skills to offer the full package to your future clients.


Either completion of a Certificate or Diploma at Level 2 in Nail Technology. or suitable industry experience, or Two GCSE grades 9-4 (A-C) preferably in English and Maths.

You should have good communication skills, and a positive attitude to learning and enjoy working with your hands.
16-18 year olds who do not possess a grade 4 in English and Maths will be required to resit these subjects

The course is free for under 19’s
For all adult learners, fees do apply and will be confirmed at enrolment. Student funding advice is available from college to support with this.

You will be required to purchase a kit and professional salon wear – details of these will be given at enrolment. Should you be on a low income you can apply to our learner support fund to help purchase these.

Course Summary

Length of study:
1 year


Term dates

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Study option(s):
Full time, Part time

Course level:
Level 3

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Making your application

We will check your application to see if you meet the standard entry requirements for the course. If you do, you’ll receive an invitation via email to attend an interview with a Curriculum Tutor.

Fees and funding

If you are aged 16-18 and applying for a full-time programme, then you will not have to pay for your course. If you are aged 19+ then there may be a fee for your course.

Why Coventry

From entry-level qualifications, through to degree-level and specialist professional courses there’s something here for students with little or no formal education right up to career high-flyers. Expect a vibrant environment where you can meet people from different backgrounds and cultures.

Career Assessment

Need help choosing the right career path? You’ll be given a series of activities related to a work environment. Your job is to slide the scale to the left or right depending on how much you like or dislike the given activity. You will receive recommendations based on your selections.

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