Nail Technology (Manicure, Pedicure & Artificial Nails) VTCT Certificate Level 2

This course is for learners seeking a career as an employed and/or self-employed nail technician. It is based on the nail services National Occupational Standards (NOS) and is recognised by the UK's leading professional bodies (The British Association of Beauty Therapy and Cosmetology (BABTAC) and the Federation of Holistic Therapists (FHT)) as being fit for purpose for preparing learners for a career as a junior nail technician.

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34 Weeks


September 2019




The VTCT Level 2 Certificate in Nail Technology is a qualification that has been specifically designed to develop your practical skills in how to provide and maintain nail enhancements and manicure and pedicure treatments.

You will learn about consulting with the client, recognising any contra-indications, preparing for the service and producing a treatment plan. You will also learn about filing and buffing nails, using skin and cuticle treatments, massaging the hand and lower arm and using a suitable nail finish. You will need to carry out effective health, safety and hygienic working practices.

Underpinning this qualification you will develop a sound knowledge of health and safety practices in a salon environment to increase your understanding of health and safety and its importance in the salon in which you work. You will also learn how to promote client care and communications in beauty-related industries. You will develop your communication skills to deal with consultations, complaints, client comfort and all forms of client care. You will develop a client-centred approach to all your treatments. The college is a CND partnership so technicians would be able to benefit from this by using their training kits and having their own business account.

Entry Requirements

No formal qualifications are required.  A commitment and dedication to the course is essential. Applicants must be enthusiastic and passionate about their chosen career path and be able to present a professional image.

To join: You will need to attend a part-time enrolment session at the main Huddersfield Waterfront Quarter site.  Dates and times are as follows:

  • Wednesday 28th August (any time from 12:00-19:00)
  • Thursday 29th August (any time from 17:00-19:00)
  • Friday 30th August (any time from 10:00-13:00)

Please make sure to bring with you some photo ID, proof of address and, depending on your circumstances, either proof of benefits (something dated within the last three months) and/or a method of payment.  You are not expected to pay for the course in full upon enrolling – you can arrange to pay in monthly instalments to be completed by the end of the course in June.


Assessment Methods

Work will be set to improve your practical skills, knowledge and understanding. There are three written assignments to complete. For practical elements you will be observed by your assessor. All your work must be collected in a portfolio of evidence and cross-referenced to requirements listed in your record of assessment book. There is a multiple choice exam for the Health and Safety element of the course.


Level 2 NVQ in Beauty Therapy

This level 2 course will allow you an insight into the beauty industry. You could gain employment in a salon, nail bar or as a self-employed nail technician.

Fees & Funding

  • Tuition fees: £434
  • Exam Fees: £76
  • Materials:  £30
  • Uniform: £44.30
  • Manicure kit: £17.01
  • Acrylic nail kit: £138.54
  • Total: £739.85


For more information on applying for this course please see the Apply page.

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