Qualification Information

Sector: Beauty, Nails and Spa Category: Nails
VTCT Product Code: AB30523 GLH: 336 Age Restriction: 16
Qualification Number: 600/8908/8 Units: 9 Registration End Date: 31st Jul 2023
Level: 3 Minimum Credits: 43

Additional Information

Documentation for this qualification last amended 1 September 2020


The VTCT Level 3 Diploma in Nail Technology Studies is an occupational qualification that provides learners with the knowledge, understanding and skills to work as a nail technician. This qualification is based on Habia National Occupational Standards (NOS). This qualification is recognised by the UK's largest beauty therapy/nail services trade body/professional association, The Federation of Holistic Therapists (FHT) and also the UK's second largest association representing beauty therapy/nail services employers; the British Association of Beauty Therapy and Cosmetology (BABTAC) as being fit for purpose for preparing learners for a career as a nail technician.

This qualification has specifically been designed for the 16-19 age group and builds on existing knowledge and understanding of nail services gained at Level 2, enabling learners to expand the scope of their technical skills for employment as a nail technician.

The content of this qualification is comprised of all the required elements to work effectively as a nail technician including health and safety, client care and communication, applying and maintaining nail enhancements using either ultra-violet gel or liquid and powder, nail art using both manual and airbrush techniques, electric filing techniques, how to promote products and services and business and teamwork skills. All units in this qualification are mandatory.

Career Opportunities

Career opportunities as a nail technician exist in a variety of contexts, including:

- Beauty salons
- Nail salons
- Nail service concession in department stores
- Hair and beauty salons
- Day spas
- Independent/self-employed/mobile/home-based settings
- Product manufacturing and training
- Destination/hotel spas
- HM Prison service
- Cruise liners

Further Learning Opportunities

Whilst this qualification's primary purpose is to prepare learners for employment as a nail technician; learners may choose to complement their skills base by undertaking specialist qualifications in related areas such as:

- VTCT Level 4 Certificate in Salon Management
- VTCT Level 4 Diploma in Salon Management

Qualification Structure

Mandatory - from this group you'll need to cover a minimum of 9 components and earn a minimum of 43 credits.

Unit Code Unit Ref Unit Title Level Credits GLH
UV30405 A/601/4444 Apply and maintain nail enhancements 3 15 111
UV30407 L/601/3931 Airbrush designs for nails 3 4 22
UV30408 L/601/3993 Working with colleagues within beauty related industries 3 2 14
UV30429 T/601/5334 Enhance nails using electric files 3 3 29
UV30435 J/601/5337 Promote and sell products and services to clients 3 4 34
UV30449 A/601/5500 Contribute to the effective running of business 3 3 30
UV30468 T/601/4457 Client care and communication in beauty-related industries 3 3 28
UV30476 K/601/4794 Design and apply nail art 3 5 39
UV30491 R/600/8780 Monitor and maintain health and safety practice in the salon 3 4 29

*For full details of the Rules of Combination for this qualification please see the Qualification Specification/Record of Assessment book.


*To find specifications for individual units, click on the "Structure" tab of your chosen qualification, select the unit code in the left hand column and on the new page click on the "Download unit book" tab under the unit title.

Centres approved to run this qualification

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Centre Name Telephone Website Location
Specialist Trade Courses 0345 5652656 Visit website England
Sapphire Hair And Beauty Academy 01767 601909 Visit website Bedfordshire - Central Bedfordshire
Newbury College 01635 584500 Visit website Berkshire - West Berkshire
Mcqueens Education 02033278833 Visit website Bristol, City of
Truro College 01872 267000 Visit website Cornwall
Furness College 01229 825017 Visit website Cumbria
Achievement Training 01752 202266 Visit website Devon
City College Plymouth 01752 305300 Visit website Devon
Petroc - Barnstaple Campus 01271 338157 Visit website Devon
Petroc - Tiverton Campus 01271 852425 Visit website Devon
Eastern Shimmer Ltd 07736636007 Visit website Dorset - Bournemouth
East Durham College 0191 518 2000 Visit website Durham
RDS Academy CIC 01482 228113 Visit website East Riding of Yorkshire - Kingston upon Hull
Abacus Training Group - Newhaven 01273 584002 Visit website East Sussex
Summerhouse Training 01452 720288 Visit website Gloucestershire
Summerhouse Training - Beauty 01452 720288 Visit website Gloucestershire
The Manchester College - Harpurhey Campus 0161 909 6655 Visit website Greater Manchester - Manchester
Pathway Rochdale Academy 01706 550287 Visit website Greater Manchester - Rochdale
Vita Skills Limited 0161 222 9640 Visit website Greater Manchester - Salford
Wigan and Leigh College 01942 761600 Visit website Greater Manchester - Wigan
Wigan and Leigh College - Leigh Campus 01942 761452 Visit website Greater Manchester - Wigan
Basingstoke College of Technology 01256 354141 Visit website Hampshire
West Herts College 01923 812500 Visit website Hertfordshire
Westfield Academy 01923 231560 Visit website Hertfordshire
The Isle of Wight College 01983 526631 Visit website Isle of Wight
West Lancashire College 01695 52300 Visit website Lancashire
Free to Learn Ltd 020 8525 9430 Visit website London - Hackney
LHAA / LBTA 020 8953 9344 Visit website London - Hounslow
Layla's Beauty Hub 020 8514 6777 Visit website London - Newham
New City College - Redbridge Campus 020 8548 7400 Visit website London - Redbridge
City of London College 020 7247 2177 Visit website London - Tower Hamlets
Eurosource Solutions Limited 01782 711927 Visit website Merseyside - Liverpool
The City of Liverpool College 0151 252 1515 Visit website Merseyside - Liverpool
Harrogate College 01423 879466 Visit website North Yorkshire
QTS-Global Ltd 01677 470900 Visit website North Yorkshire
North Nottinghamshire College 01709 722 683 Visit website Nottinghamshire
Nottingham College 0115 910 0100 Visit website Nottinghamshire - Nottingham
Nottingham College - Wheeler Gate Visit website Nottinghamshire - Nottingham
North Shropshire College - Oswestry Campus 01691 688000 Visit website Shropshire
Acacia Training Ltd - Francesco Hair Salon 01278 550261 Visit website Somerset
Health Academics 07956 371542 Visit website Somerset - North Somerset
Barnsley College 01226 216710 Visit website South Yorkshire - Barnsley
Rotherham College Visit website South Yorkshire - Rotherham
The Sheffield School of Health and Beauty 0114 275 0201 Visit website South Yorkshire - Sheffield
Best You Beauty Training 07931094807 Visit website Staffordshire - Stoke-on-Trent
Escape Beauty Rooms and Training 01473805140 Visit website Suffolk
Halesowen College 0121 602 8025 Visit website West Midlands - Dudley
Acacia Training Ltd - KGT site 01274 981240 Visit website West Yorkshire - Bradford
Leeds City College - Keighley Campus 01535 685000 Visit website West Yorkshire - Bradford
Guernsey College of Further Education 01481 737500 Visit website Guernsey
Coleg y Cymoedd - Nantgarw 01443 662800 Visit website Rhondda Cynon Taff