|Sector: Beauty, Nails and Spa||Category: Nails|
|VTCT Product Code: BT2D3||GLH: 382||Age Restriction: 15|
|Qualification Number: 603/0232/X||Units: 15||Registration End Date: 31st Dec 2023|
Documentation for this qualification last amended 1 September 2020
Statement of purpose
Who is this qualification for?
The VTCT Level 2 Diploma in Nail Technology (Gel) is a Technical Certificate qualification aimed at learners aged 16-19 who are in a full-time Level 2 education programme and wish to pursue a career as an employed and/or self-employed specialist nail technician.
There are no formal entry requirements for this qualification but in order to optimise their chances of success, a learner will ideally hold a Level 1 qualification or equivalent in beauty therapy.
What does this qualification cover?
This qualification is based on the national occupational standards for beauty therapy and includes all the required elements to work effectively as a beauty therapist. Learners must achieve all mandatory units which include:
- Health safety and hygiene
- Consultation techniques and client care
- Manicure treatments
- Pedicure treatments
- Gel polish applications
- Process payment for beauty purchases
- Anatomy and physiology for nail technologists
- Nail art services
- Promote and encourage beauty retail sales
- Display stock to promote beauty sales
- Provide and maintain gel nail enhancement
- Provide and maintain nail wrap enhancements
Throughout this qualification, learners will develop their knowledge and understanding of relevant anatomy and physiology and health and safety. They will also develop the knowledge, understanding and skills to consult with clients whilst providing a range of beauty services including manicure, pedicure, gel polish and nail art applications. Learners will develop their abilities to display stock to promote retail sales, whist developing their knowledge and understanding of how to promote and encourage retails sales and process payment for beauty purchase. In parallel, learners will develop their communication and customer service skills, their awareness of environmental sustainability and their commercial skills, all of which are valued highly by employers. Problem solving, team working and research skills will also be developed.
Why is this qualification the most suitable?
This qualification is one of two VTCT level 2 Technical Certificate qualifications in nail technology. They will qualify learners to become employed as a nail technician or enable them to take up further enhanced studies.
At 460 Total Qualification Time (TQT), this Diploma is most suitable for learners who continue, as part of their programme of study to work towards achieving Level 2 English and maths, or those undertaking another qualification in parallel. The Level 2 Diploma in Nail Technology (Gel) allows the nail technician to specialise in gel enhancement applications, enabling mastery of techniques, whereas the Level 2 Diploma in Nail Technology (Liquid and powder) allows the nail technician to concentrate their time in gaining mastery of liquid and powder applications.
What could this qualification lead to?
Learners who achieve this qualification are eligible to become members of the British Association of Beauty Therapy and Cosmetology (BABTAC) or Federation of Holistic Therapists (FHT). As a nail technician, learners could progress directly into employment in a variety of contexts, which include:
- commercial salons
- destination/day spas
- nail bars or concessions
- independent/self-employed/mobile/home-based settings
- retail and training
- cruise liners
- photographic or media work
Whilst the primary purpose of this qualification is to prepare learners for employment, learners may choose to develop their knowledge and skills further by completing a specialist qualification at Level 3 in one or more of the following areas:
- nail technology
- salon management
Who supports this qualification?
This qualification is regulated by the Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation (Ofqual).
This qualification has been approved by the Department for Education for teaching to 16-19 year olds from September 2017, and will be first reported in the technical certificate category of the 2019 16-19 performance tables (subject to confirmation).
This qualification has been developed collaboratively with employers, professional associations and key stakeholders in the beauty therapy sector. The knowledge, skills and competencies gained will provide the best possible opportunity for progression into employment.
This qualification is formally supported by the following organisations:
|Federation of Holistic Therapists||FHT.org.uk|
|British Association of Beauty Therapy and Cosmetology||babtac.com|
Components - from this group you'll need to cover a minimum of 3 units and earn a minimum of credits.
|Unit Code||Unit Ref||Unit Title||Level||Credits||GLH|
|BT2D3.EX1||External Examination 1 BT2D3||2|
|BT2D3.EX2||External Examination 2 BT2D3||2|
|BT2D3.SYN||Graded Synoptic Assessment BT2D3||2|
Mandatory Group - from this group you'll need to cover a minimum of 12 units and earn a minimum of credits.
|Unit Code||Unit Ref||Unit Title||Level||Credits||GLH|
|UBT193M||R/615/0644||Consultation techniques and client care||2||30|
|UBT203M||F/615/0655||Promote and encourage beauty retail sales||2||30|
|UBT207M||M/615/0733||Display stock to promote beauty sales||2||30|
|UBT208M||F/615/0736||Process payments for beauty purchases||2||20|
|UBT214M||Y/615/0760||Gel polish applications||2||20|
|UBT215M||H/615/0762||Anatomy and physiology for nail technologists||2||20|
|UBT216M||K/615/0763||Nail art services||2||30|
|UBT224M||K/615/0780||Provide and maintain gel nail enhancement||2||46|
|UBT226M||A/615/0783||Provide and maintain nail wrap enhancements||2||46|
|UCO34M||Y/615/0807||Health, safety and hygiene||2||30|
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