On Monday 22nd February 2021, the Prime Minister announced that from 8th March, colleges are to reopen to all students and resume face to face teaching and learning. — Read more

It looks like you have JavaScript turned off

Pretty much everything should work. But you may find some components look slightly off as a result. You can find out what JavaScript is here. If you don't have JavaScript turned off, or if something doesn't work that you think should do, please get in touch.

Artificial Nail Structures (Level 3) - Part-time

Hair Beauty Nails01

Course outline

This course is sure to get your creative juices flowing. It will encourage you to experiment and explore the latest nail art methods and technology using the College’s state-of-the-art equipment and facilities.

Whether you imagine yourself working in a busy salon, health farm, cruise liner, or becoming your own boss with your own business, this course will equip you with the relevant skills and experience to kick start your career.

The College has an established commercial nail bar on campus with real paying customers so you can brush up on your customer service skills as well as gain invaluable on-the-job experience.

You will study the following units as part of this course:

  • Follow health and safety in the salon
  • Working in beauty related industries
  • Client care and communication
  • Promote products and services to clients
  • Three nail systems

All units have an assignment to complete, to assess knowledge and understanding. You will use the knowledge delivered in the sessions to complete the assignments at home and then hand in to the tutor at set weeks throughout the course.

You will build practical skills in client care/consultation, health and safety (related to nail treatments), application of all three nail systems (gel, acrylic, fiberglass). You build these skills by working on each other, then, when ready, bring in a client to be assessed on (assessments are graded pass, merit and distinction).

How to apply for this course

Apply online now for 2021/22.

Want to find out more first?

Get in touch by hitting the button below and filling out our enquiry form.

Download a guide Get in touch
Location Date / time Fees / reductions
The Lace Market

Start: 21st September 2021

End: 21st June 2022

Tuition fee: £941

Fees shown are based on 2020/21.

Fees for 2021/22 are yet to be confirmed.

Course code: C000520 / Q002893


Level 3 Certificate in Artificial Nail Structures


1 year

Level Level 3
Entry requirements

You'll need:

  • 5 GCSEs at Grade 9-4 (A*-C), including English Language and Maths at Grade 9-4 (A*-C); OR
  • A relevant Level 2 vocational qualification plus English Language and Maths at GCSE Grade 9-4 (A*-C)

Functional Skills Level 2 can be used as equivalent to GCSE Grade 9-4 (A*-C)

You will be interviewed and undertake a trade test and English assessment.


You will be assessed through a combination of practical observations, assignments and portfolio

  • Diploma Level 2 Beauty Therapy or Hairdressing
  • Diploma Level 3 Beauty Therapy or Hairdressing

This qualification may lead directly into employment in the nail industry as a nail technician in a salon or as a self employed nail technician.

Additional information

You will be required to purchase a kit and uniform. The costs for these will be discussed at interview.

Student Meal Allowance updated


Read more

Registering and Accessing our Parents Information Event


Read more

College Partners with Employers for Carers


Read more