Diploma in Nail Services - Full time, Level 2 (City and Guilds)

Your Unique Experience

The course includes a variety of practical and theory classes alongside commercial salon sessions on live, paying clients. You will take part in trips, visits, seminars and competitions alongside your lessons to ensure you further develop a good understanding of the industry.

Learners are expected to undertake work experience in a salon setting. Gaining part time employment in a salon will greatly enhance your skills and aid employability and progression opportunities.

An Individual Learning Plan (ILP) will be designed with you, to meet your needs. Targets will be set to enable your progress and achievement.

You will be assigned a Personal Tutor who specifically looks after your pastoral and progress requirements throughout the course

Mathematics & English classes are mandatory and a core part of your study programme, if you are aged 16-18 and do not have a Grade C or Grade 4 in mathematics and English

You will be trained in the use of specialist, professional products and treatments.

Course Content

The course covers the following units:

Health & safety

Anatomy and physiology

Skin and nail disorders and diseases

Providing manicures

Providing pedicures

Basic nail art

Gel (LED) polish application

Handling acrylic

Applying acrylic tip and overlay

Removing and maintaining acrylic nails safely

Providing suitable aftercare advice

There are many additional opportunities as part of this study programme. You will have the opportunity to represent the college as you enter a range of regional and national competitions, such as Greater Manchester Colleges’ Competitions. During your time on this programme, you will also take part in external study visits, for example to Professional Beauty North, to observe professionals within the industry and take part in bespoke demonstrations on the latest trends and fashions in the industry provided by external trainers from industry

You will also complete 36 hours of work experience in industry as part of your course

More than just a Course

Nail Services and Technology offers an exciting and challenging career in a fast paced industry. This course will develop your core employability skills such as communication and retail alongside specialist practical nail technology skills. It will give you the knowledge and practical skills to progress to a course at level 3 in Nails. Alternatively you could progress to an Apprenticeship.

If you are interested in a career in Nail Services, Hairdressing and Beauty Therapy, Tameside College offers a wide range of courses to get you started in a rewarding career in these areas. This course will give you the knowledge and skills to progress within the sector and enable you to move into industry

Course Format

This is a full time study programme.

Special Features

Uniform:£35.99 (for ladies and Men’s uniforms)

Equipment cost:£215.28

Uniform and equipment costs are correct as of 19 July 2017 – prices are subject to change

Entry Qualifications

Potential learners should have a good general education and require 4 x GCSEs grade D (4) or above or level 1 in Beauty Therapy. Learners should also possess the following qualities:

A genuine interest in the subject

Good communication skills


Enjoy working with people and as a team

Good dexterity skills

Personal commitment

Be reliable & punctual


On successful completion of this qualification you can progress onto:

Level 3 Technical Skills in Nail Technology

Level 2 Beauty Therapy

Level 2 Hair & Media

Working as a junior therapist within a salon environment

Freelance work



For enquiries please contact the College on 0161 908 6789 or web: www.tameside.ac.uk/contact.

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Please Note: While every effort is made to maintain the accuracy of these details, changes can and do occur. Government policy changes rapidly (particularly from one academic year to the next) which often has an effect on availability, eligibility for funding and the fee contribution required. Please confirm the course details when enrolling.