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Nail Technician Level 3

Nail Technician Level 3

[ UBNL05 ]


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Working as a nail technician can be organised around your other commitments. When you have completed our Level 3 course, you will have a sound understanding of a wide range of the applications of nails and the skills needed to pursue a successful career in the industry. You will need to practise until your technical skills reach a very high standard, but practice does pay off and you should soon be producing some accomplished work. This course is a great preparation for practical training, and offers valuable insights into the professional world of being a nail technician.

Course Length - 12 Months
Award Received - Level 3 Certificate of Achievement by ABC
Course Code: BNL05

Course Description

Areas a Nail technician can trade in once qualified

Working within the nail technician industry offers a number of career opportunities. If you have enthusiasm, are willing to practise and have determination, you can carve out a successful and rewarding career for yourself. There are many career routes you may decide to use your new skills in:

 Mobile nail technician
 Home-based technician
 Salon-based nail technician

During this course you will research and explore the world of nails. It is a fascinating industry and the limits are endless to what designs you can produce. Be creative and enjoy yourself.

If you need to gain insurance then we advise that you take the one day practical assessment after you have completed your course, details of which can be found under Qualification Information.

Course Content


Unit One: Health and Safety

 Working with an effective Ventilation System
 Cross Infection and Hygiene
 Anatomy of the Nail
 Unit One Assignment

Unit Two: Description of Nail Parts

 The Growth of the Nail
 Skin and Nail Disorders
 Nail Infections
 Unit Two Assignment

Unit Three: Manicure & Pedicure

 Client Consultation
 Nail Technician Supplies
 Choosing a Nail Shape
 Performing a Manicure
 Male Manicure
 Luxury Treatments
 Foot massage
 Unit 3 Assignment

Unit Four: Acrylic - Gel Nails- Nail Art and Wraps

 Types of Nail Extensions
 Nail Cosmetics and Preparation
 The Consultation / Client Treatment Plan
 Setting up a Nail Station
 Preparing the Client
 Tip Application
 Gel Nails
 Fibreglass and Silk Overlays
 Liquid and Powder Systems
 Sculptured Nail Enhancements
 Nail Shapes
 Safe and Gentle Product Removal
 Problem Solving
 Homecare Advice- Suggested reading list
 Unit Four Assignment

You will also receive a free Kit with this course, including:

• Cuticle Nipper
• Nail Scissors - Straight Shank 9cm
• Cuticle Knife - Stainless Steel
• Thick Emery Boards (10)
• 6" Manicure Sticks (10)
• Rubber Ended Hoof Stick
• Plastic Nail Brush
• Nail Buffer Chamois, 12cm
• Concave
• Manicure Bowl
• Nail Clipper 80mm
• Big Foot File
• French Manicure Kit
• Cuticle Oil 15ml
• Base Coat 15ml
• Quick Dry Top Coat 15ml
• Nail Varnish - Classic Red
• Nail Varnish - Pink Pearl
• Nail Varnish - Chocolate Pearl
• Clear Spatula 15cm
• Paraffin Wax Brush 2"
• Skintruth Nail Buffing Cream
• Cuticle Massage Cream
• Creamy Cuticle Remover

Qualification Information

 At the end of this course successful learners will receive a Certificate of Achievement from ABC Awards and a Learner Unit Summary (which lists the details of all the units the learner has completed as part of the course).

The course has been endorsed under the ABC Awards' Quality Licence Scheme. This means that UK Distance Learning & Publishing has undergone an external quality check to ensure that the organisation and the courses it offers, meet certain quality criteria. The completion of this course alone does not lead to an Ofqual regulated qualification but may be used as evidence of knowledge and skills towards regulated qualifications in the future. The unit summary can be used as evidence towards Recognition of Prior Learning if you wish to progress your studies in this sector. To this end the learning outcomes of the course have been benchmarked at Level 3 against level descriptors published by Ofqual, to indicate the depth of study and level of demand/complexity involved in successful completion by the learner.

The course itself has been designed by UK Distance Learning & Publishing to meet specific learners' and/or employers' requirements which cannot be satisfied through current regulated qualifications. ABC Awards' endorsement involves robust and rigorous quality audits by external auditors to ensure quality is continually met. A review of courses is carried out as part of the endorsement process.

ABC Awards is a leading national Awarding Organisation, regulated by Ofqual, and the Welsh Government[1]. It has a long-established reputation for developing and awarding high quality vocational qualifications across a wide range of industries. As a registered charity, ABC Awards combines 180 years of expertise but also implements a responsive, flexible and innovative approach to the needs of our customers.

Renowned for excellent customer service, and quality standards, ABC Awards also offers Ofqual regulated qualifications for all ages and abilities post-14; all are developed with the support of relevant stakeholders to ensure that they meet the needs and standards of employers across the UK.

[1] Regulators for exams and assessments in England and Wales.


If you are interested in taking the one day practical workshop and exam, please contact the Professional Beauty Academy. Combined with our certificate, this practical training will qualify you for professional insurance. The fee for this is £95, and can be conducted over Skype. Follow the link for more information:  http://www.professionalbeautyacademy.co.uk/

Method Of Study

Paper Based Version

The course comes to you as a paper-based pack delivered by courier.

You will be given guidance through the Study Guide on the nuts and bolts of studying and submitting assignments.

Postal assignments cannot be accepted without prior permission from the tutor.

Online Version

Our online A-Level courses are fully digitised versions of the paper-courses, so you can study on any PC or smart device when connected to the internet.

As with the paper course, your online learning programme is completely flexible, so you can study at a pace that suits you.

All of our online course content is broken down into bite size chunks to make your learning more manageable and effective.

Method of Assessment

The course contains a number of assignments which your tutor will mark and give you valuable feedback on. We call these Tutor Marked Assignments (TMAs). You need only send the TMAs to your tutor for comment, not the self-assessment exercises which are also part of the course to help you gauge your progress.

Course Length Information

This course can be taken over a 12 month period but you can complete it as fast or as slowly as you wish.

Tutor Support

You will have access to a tutor via email who will mark your work, guide you through the course and assist you with any problems you may have. In addition you will be supplied with a comprehensive Study Guide which will help you through the study and assessment process.

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