Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Nail Services

Manicure certificate required

16 Weeks -1 day  a week (plus  assessment days)

VTCT Level 3

Kits available to purchase


The VTCT Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Nail Services is a substantial vocational qualification that will confirm your competence as a nail technician. This qualification forms part of an apprenticeship framework, however is also offered outside apprenticeships by education and training providers who can offer this course in a real salon environment and provide you with the opportunity to learn nail technology skills, whilst working on real clients. It is important for you to have the opportunity to learn in a real working environment, particularly because this qualification leads to employment in such a client-centred and service orientated sector.

This qualification includes all the required elements to work effectively as a nail technician including: enhance and maintain nails using UV gel and liquid and powder.

Entry requirements:

  • Level 2 Manicure/Beauty qualification
  • Good standard of English sufficient to complete the course competences and online examinations.
  • Students must be over 16 years old to enrol on this course
  • *Covid qualification required

How long is the course:

  • 16 days
  • 10am – 3pm (1 day per week)
  • Maximum class size: 6 students

You will also be required to do home-based learning to practice your skills, complete your homework and online assessments as part of this course.

How will I be assessed:

  • Online theory tests (multiple choice)
  • Observations and oral questioning
  • Practical assessments and assignments
  • Portfolio evidence to demonstrate your understanding

We are committed to making our assessments a supportive and encouraging experience. Our highly experienced tutors will always ensure you are relaxed and confident before undergoing any assessment modules.

Do I need to bring a model

You will only need to bring a model for the practical assessments.
At all other times students will be expected to practice on each other.

What do I need to buy for this course

  • Whilst you are training with us we provide all the materials you will need
  • You will be required to wear all salon tunic or black clothing
  • Stationery and a notebook
  • acrylic kit available to purchase
  • Hard gel kit available to purchase
  • Silk/fibreglass kit available to purchase


The qualification includes:

registration fees, training and assessments

  • UV gel,
  • liquid and powder,
  • silk/fibreglass wraps
  • e file
  • nail art design
  •  financial & promotional activities.
  • Health & Safety

What can I do with this qualification

You can seek employment as an advanced nail technician within commercial sectors such beauty salons, spas, health clubs or in the retail sector or as a self-employed beauty therapist, or you can progress onto other Level 2 Beauty related courses.

We also offer a range of progressive courses that will complement this qualification and extend the services you can offer to clients once you start working in the industry.

Payment options

  • Pay in full
  • Flexible payment plans through Klarna
  • Can be either paid in full or Booking fee £495 (non refundable) and balance in 3 payments
  • Course price does not include compulsory VTCT Covid-19 exam (£20)


Accreditation: VTCT Level 3


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