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Level 3 Nail Services

Subject Area

Hair, Beauty, Holistics & Well-being

Student Type

Students aged 16-18

Study Mode

Full Time

Course Type


What is the course about?

Are you interested in working in the exciting nail technology industry? Do you want to make people feel and looks their best through artistic nail creations? Then this hands-on, work-based one-year course could be for you! This course is highly practical, creative and has been designed to further develop your nail care and design skills, giving you the skills, knowledge and experience needed to progress within the nail industry

Why should I choose the course?

There has never been a better time to enter the bustling nail industry. This industry is vibrant, dynamic, and fast paced, offering fantastic employment and training opportunities. The sector boasts a workforce of over 245,000 people working across 55,000 businesses comprising of hair, beauty and nail salons, barbers, and spas. HABIA states the industry size and turnover annually in this sector is £6.2 billion, employing nearly a quarter of a million people. As one of the biggest growing industries in Cheshire currently, there are plenty of opportunities to earn high wages.

Learning on your course will take place in our state-of-the-art salon, The Academy, which features fully equipped professional treatment room suites. Being immersed in this front-facing salon environment and working on real paying clients will give the opportunity to put your newly developed skills to the test and receive live, honest critique. The open salon practical sessions will give you the opportunity to demonstrate your professionalism and develop a range of skills to prepare for a variety of nail types and conditions.

What will I learn?

This exciting course will help you to expand your knowledge of the sector while learning more advanced techniques. There will be a key focus on applying and maintaining nail enhancements using acrylic, UV Gel and the wrap systems with a focus on sculpting. E-files will be used throughout the course to prepare and finish the nails, creating more advanced, professional finishes, allowing you to step straight into a lucrative and creative career in the nail and beauty industry.

What will the course lead on to?

After successfully completing this course, you have the opportunity to step over to Beauty therapy, building skills in other areas of this sector including; waxing, facials, eye treatments, make-up and skin tanning.

There will be opportunities to attend courses for separate awards in individual areas within the industry.

You will also be in a position to offer mobile nail treatments or begin work within a commercial salon environment.

Are there any links with industry and university?

In order to enhance your learning and knowledge of the wider sector, you will have the opportunity to hear from guest speakers throughout your course, who will come in and talk about their specialist area or their working environment. Guest speakers have included a range of employers and manufacturers such as OPI Nails, Kaeso, Environ, and Silhouette, as well as apprentices who have progressed with their career and opened their own businesses. Our links with product companies will also provide you with a trade card, allowing you to build on your product repertoire for home use to build up your skills. We also have strong links with Steiner, a connection which will open your eyes to the exciting opportunity of working in beauty therapy on cruise ships whilst travelling the world.

As a level 3 learner you are required to attend one day per week placement in addition to a 2-week block work placement in a relevant vocational setting, which we will provide support in securing. This could be your opportunity to build skills and impress and secure a part-time job or apprenticeship!

What support is available?

You will be allocated a progress coach who will provide you with support to help you succeed on your study programme and progress on to your chosen career or progression path. We have a team of staff dedicated to providing learning support if required, as well as a Welfare Team that is on hand to offer guidance, support and help when needed.

Additionally, eligible students can access a wide range of finance and funding support to help them during their time at college.

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Why should I choose to study the course at Warrington & Vale Royal College?

Studying in our professional facilities will give you a real insight into working within this industry. We offer professional products and resources, keeping up with the latest trends in the industry to make your learning dynamic and relevant. Our tutors have a wealth of knowledge and expertise within this fantastic and creative field and draw upon their industry experience to enhance your learning.

Our team of specialist tutors have a variety of experience within national companies, including management, and have an array of specialist qualifications, making your learning unique and tailored. You will also have the opportunity to go on valuable trips and visits to complement your learning and participate in local, national and international competitions. Previous students have attended hair and beauty exhibitions such as ProBeauty and Hair & Beauty UK, to hear from leading professionals in the industry and sample the latest products. You may also put your skills to the test at special events, such as charity events and cross college competitions.

What are the entry requirements?

You will need a Level 2 qualification in Nail Services or Beauty Therapy to progress onto the Level 3 Diploma Nail Services.

If you have not already achieved a grade 4 in your GCSE English and/or maths, you will be required to work towards achieving this as part of your study programme.

Are there any additional costs associated with the course?

You will be expected to purchase a uniform and attend 100% of your course to ensure you develop the relevant skills to meet employer expectations and so that you can present professional standards from the very start of your course. There will be a kit list issued with nail products and equipment for use within your time on the course, which you will be required to purchase. Further details will be available on application. If you have completed the Level 2 Nail Diploma, you will require an acrylic top up kit along with the UV Gel and nail wrap systems.

Various trips are organised throughout the academic year relating to the beauty industry, which you will be required to pay a contribution towards.

There will be an opportunity to achieve additional awards to further build your skill set to fully prepare you for work in the industry.

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36 Weeks
Class Times
Warrington Campus
Adult Fee
16-18 Fee

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