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Nail Technician at QLS Level 3

Nail Technician at QLS Level 3
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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.


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Nail Technician at QLS Level 3

Course code: BNL05

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 3

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 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.




Unit One: Health and Safety    

  • Over-exposure
  • 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
  • Pedicure
  • 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

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 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 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.

Tutor Support

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