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Nail Technician at QLS Level 2 and Beauty Therapy at QLS Level 2

Nail Technician at QLS Level 2 and Beauty Therapy at QLS Level 2
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This course is available in Paper format and Online.


About this course

The Nail Technician and Beauty Therapy course is a combination of two of our level 2 courses. If you wish to study these two components separately, or to see our other beauty and nail courses, click here.

Nail Technician

Are you interested in learning more about being a nail technician? This distance learning course will give you all the information you need to prepare for practical training, and ultimately a career in the industry. This includes health & safety considerations, professional practice in the commercial beauty sector, as well as some of the underpinning knowledge you will need to perform popular nail treatments.

Beauty Therapy

This home study course is ideal for anyone who has an interest in beauty. You will learn about a range of skills, including hair and skin care. Just as importantly, however, you will be taught about the professional conduct required of people working in the beauty industry, including health & safety obligations and salon etiquette.


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Nail Technician at QLS Level 2 and Beauty Therapy at QLS Level 2

Course code: BUN01

Delivery method: Paper Based or Online

Course duration: 12 Months

Entry requirements: No prior qualification needed

Award achieved: ABC Awards and Certa Award Certificate of achievement at QLS Level 2


On this distance learning Nail Technician course you’ll learn all about the following:

  • Manicuring nails
  • Decorating nails with coloured varnish, glitter, gems or special designs
  • Applying false nails or nail extensions
  • Cleaning nails
  • Discussing with your clients what would be most suitable for them

You’ll also learn to check for signs of nail disease and the importance of following careful hygiene procedures

Beauty Therapy

This home study Beauty course covers a wide range of skills such as:

  • Health and Safety
  • Salon Conduct
  • Basic Anatomy
  • Skin care
  • Nail care
  • Hair and Eyebrow


Nail Technician

1. Your professional image

  • Health and safety
  • Professional salon conduct towards clients and colleagues
  • Professional ethics
  • Professional ethics towards clients and colleagues
  • Your professional appearance

2. Bacteria and other infectious agents

  • Bacteria types
  • Nail fungal infections
  • Sterilisation
  • Sanitation
  • Disinfection

3. Safety in the Salon

  • Chemicals used by Nail Technicians
  • Overexposure to chemicals
  • Eye protection
  • Cumulative Trauma Disorders
  • Carpel Tunnel Syndrome

4. Understanding Chemicals

  • Matter and energy
  • Properties of matter
  • Energy
  • Element, atom, compound and molecule
  • Vapours
  • Chemical reactions
  • Catalysts
  • Adhesion
  • Primers
  • Monomers and polymers
  • Light and energy

5. Anatomy and Physiology

  • Cells, tissues and membranes
  • Cell structure and function
  • Cell membranes
  • Nucleus and nucleolus
  • Cytoplasm
  • Cell functions
  • Cell division
  • DNA
  • Body tissue
  • Epithelial
  • Muscle
  • Nervous
  • Membranes
  • Skeletal system
  • Muscular system
  • Nail Anatomy

6. Nail Anatomy

  • Nails and disorders
  • Symptoms

7. Skin and its disorders

  • Function of the skin
  • Skins structure
  • Epidermis
  • Dermis
  • Nourishment
  • Nerves
  • Skin glands
  • Skin disorders

8. Client Consultation

  • Clientsneeds
  • Clients lifestyle
  • Client record card

9. Manicuring

  • Supplies
  • Sanitation of implements
  • Materials and containers
  • Nail cosmetic supplies
  • Table top set up
  • Nail shape
  • Plain manicure
  • Finishing the nails
  • Male manicure
  • Paraffin wax treatment
  • Hand massage

10. Basic Pedicure

  • Supplies
  • Pre-service
  • Performing a pedicure
  • Foot massage

11. Advanced Nail Techniques

  • Nail Tips
  • Application

12. Acrylic Overlay Tips

  • Acrylic powers
  • Supplies
  • Pre-service
  • Application
  • Refills
  • Maintenance
  • Removal

13. U.V. Gel System

  • Preparation
  • French manicure
  • Gel maintenance
  • Gel removal

14. Nail Wraps

  • Supplies
  • Pre-service
  • Application
  • Maintaining,
  • Removing
  • Repairing fabric wraps
  • Nail art

15. Areas of Nail Technician Work

  • Mobile
  • Home-based
  • Salon-based

16. Safety at Work

  • Control of substances Hazardous to Health (COSHH)
  • Electric files

17. Aromatherapy recipes for Manicures and Pedicures

  • Cuticle softening treatment
  • Nail strengthening treatment
  • Tired, swollen feet
  • Cracked and dry feet


Beauty Therapy

1. Health and Safety at Work/Safety in the Salon

  • Chemicals
  • Over-exposure to chemicals
  • Ventilation
  • Eye protection
  • Cumulative trauma disorders
  • Carpel tunnel syndrome
  • Matter and energy
  • Element, atom, compound and molecule
  • Adhesion
  • Monomers and polymers
  • Light and energy

2. Salon etiquette

  • Salon conduct
  • Professional ethics
  • Professional appearance

3. Anatomy and Basic Skin Care

  • Function
  • Structure
  • Epidermis
  • Dermis
  • Body temperature
  • Nourishment
  • Nerves
  • Glands
  • Skin conditions and disorders
  • Muscular system
  • Skeletal system
  • Blood
  • Skin

4. Skin Care and Facials

  • Cleansing the skin
  • Make-up removers
  • Toning the skin
  • Moisturising the skin
  • Deep cleansing
  • Facials
  • Skin analysis
  • Massage technique
  • Exfoliation
  • Face masks

5. Enhance facial appearance using Make-up

  • Face
  • Eyes
  • Eyebrows
  • Lips
  • Treatment room
  • Client record card
  • Reactions
  • Application

6. Improving the appearance and condition of the nails

  • Manicure and pedicure
  • Anatomy
  • Disorders
  • Infections
  • Bacteria
  • Client consultation
  • Varnish
  • Paraffin wax treatment
  • Hand massage
  • Pedicure
  • Foot massage

7. Remove and lighten hair

  • Structure of the hair
  • Hair removal
  • Reactions
  • Home care advice

8. Improving appearance of eyebrows and lashes

  • Shaping
  • Tinting
  • Perming
  • False eyelashes
  • Reactions

Course Endorsement

At the end of this course successful learners will be given the option to receive a Certificate of Achievement from the Quality Licence Scheme and a Learner Unit Summary (which lists the components the learner has completed as part of the course).

The course has been endorsed under the Quality Licence Scheme.  This means that Kendal Publishing Ltd has undergone an external quality check to ensure that the organisation and the courses it offers, meet defined quality criteria. The completion of this course alone does not lead to a regulated qualification* but may be used as evidence of knowledge and skills gained. The Learner Unit Summary may be used as evidence towards Recognition of Prior Learning if you wish to progress your studies in this subject. To this end the learning outcomes of the course have been benchmarked at Level 2 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 Kendal Publishing Ltd to meet specific learners’ and/or employers’ requirements which cannot be satisfied through current regulated qualifications.   The Quality Licence Scheme 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.

The Quality Licence Scheme is part of the Skills and Education Group, a charitable organisation that unites education and skills-orientated organisations that share similar values and objectives. With more than 100 years of collective experience, the Skills and Education Group’s strategic partnerships create opportunities to inform, influence and represent the wider education and skills sector.

The Skills and Education Group also includes two nationally recognised awarding organisations; Skills and Education Group Awards and Skills and Education Group Access. Through our awarding organisations we have developed a reputation for providing high-quality qualifications and assessments for the education and skills sector. We are committed to helping employers, organisations and learners cultivate the relevant skills for learning, skills for employment, and skills for life.

Our knowledge and experience of working within the awarding sector enables us to work with training providers, through the Quality Licence Scheme, to help them develop high-quality courses and/or training programmes for the non-regulated market.

*Regulated qualification refers to those qualifications that are regulated by Ofqual / CCEA / Qualification Wales

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 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 and guide you through the course and will 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.