Qualification Information

VTCT Product Code: BT2D4 GLH: 382 Age Restriction: 15
Qualification Number: 603/0233/1 Units: 15 Registration End Date: 31st Dec 2023
Level: 2

Additional Information

Statement of purpose


Who is this qualification for?


The VTCT Level 2 Diploma in Nail Technology (Liquid and Powder) 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 liquid and powder nail enhancements
- 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 beauty 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 (Liquid and powder) allows the nail technician to concentrate their time in gaining mastery of liquid and powder applications, whereas the Level 2 Diploma in Nail Technology (Gel) allows the nail technician to specialise in gel enhancement applications, enabling mastery of techniques.

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:


NameWebsite address
Federation of Holistic TherapistsFHT.org.uk
British Association of Beauty Therapy and Cosmetologybabtac.com





Qualification Structure

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
BT2D4.EX1 External Examination 1 BT2D4 2
BT2D4.EX2 External Examination 2 BT2D4 2
BT2D4.SYN Graded Synoptic Assessment BT2D4 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
UBT196M K/615/0648 Manicure treatments 2 40
UBT197M M/615/0649 Pedicure treatments 2 40
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
UBT225M T/615/0782 Provide and maintain liquid and powder nail enhancements 2 46
UBT226M A/615/0783 Provide and maintain nail wrap enhancements 2 46
UCO34M Y/615/0807 Health, safety and hygiene 2 30



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

Centres approved to run this qualification

VTCT accredits centres to offer our qualifications, but cannot advise which centres are running particular courses at any time. Please contact the centre directly to find out if they currently offering your chosen qualification.

NB: The location displayed for each centre is based upon the centre's main address. The location displayed is not necessarily the only location that the centre can deliver VTCT qualifications from. For further information on a centre's delivery capabilities please select the centre's website address.

Centre Name Telephone Website Location
Specialist Trade Courses 0345 5652656 Visit website England
Excellence-Solutions Limited T/A The Trade Academy - Ashford 020 8004 8835 Visit website Ashford
Sapphire Hair And Beauty Academy 01767 601909 Visit website Bedfordshire - Central Bedfordshire
Paragon Nail and Beauty Training Academy Visit website Bedfordshire - Luton
True Beauty Training Academy 01753 644222 Visit website Berkshire - Slough
Newbury College 01635 584500 Visit website Berkshire - West Berkshire
Furness College 01229 825017 Visit website Cumbria
Kendal College 01539 814700 Visit website Cumbria
Heanor Gate Science College 01773 716396 Visit website Derbyshire
East Durham College 0191 518 2000 Visit website Durham
Hartlepool College of Further Education 01429 295111 Visit website Durham - Hartlepool
East Sussex College - Eastbourne 0303 003 9300 Visit website East Sussex
The Basildon Upper Academy 01268 552536 Visit website Essex
UK Beauty Schools Ltd - Essex 01634 827677 or 0345 0522899 Visit website Essex
South Essex College of Further and Higher Education - Southend Campus 0845 521 2345 Visit website Essex - Southend-on-Sea
Southend Nail and Beauty School 01702 619949 Visit website Essex - Southend-on-Sea
Summerhouse Training - Beauty 01452 720288 Visit website Gloucestershire
Newall Green High School - Sixth Form Centre 0161 413 8839 Visit website Greater Manchester - Manchester
The Beauty Academy - Manchester 0845 601 8272 Visit website Greater Manchester - Manchester
The Manchester College - Harpurhey Campus 0161 909 6655 Visit website Greater Manchester - Manchester
The Manchester College - Moston Campus 0161 920 4414 Visit website Greater Manchester - Manchester
The Manchester College - Northenden Campus 0161 614 8000 Visit website Greater Manchester - Manchester
The Manchester College - Openshaw Campus 01785 774100 Visit website Greater Manchester - Manchester
Vita Skills Limited 0161 222 9640 Visit website Greater Manchester - Salford
Stockport College 0161 296 5000 Visit website Greater Manchester - Stockport
Trafford College (Altrincham Campus) 01618867046 Visit website Greater Manchester - Trafford
Basingstoke College of Technology 01256 354141 Visit website Hampshire
Susan Gerrard Beauty Academy 0345 217 1360 Visit website Hertfordshire
West Herts College 01923 812500 Visit website Hertfordshire
Broadstairs College 01843 605040 Visit website Kent
Canterbury College 01227 811111 Visit website Kent
Folkestone College 01303 858216 Visit website Kent
West Lancashire College 01695 52300 Visit website Lancashire
Blackpool and the Fylde College - Bispham Campus 01253 504625 Visit website Lancashire - Blackpool
Naillounge Training 07487 292699 Visit website London - Barnet
Specialist Trade Courses - Sidcup 020 8303 9222 Visit website London - Bexley
West London Beauty Academy 0208 795 3313 Visit website London - Brent
The World of Work 020 3589 6723 Visit website London - Enfield
Specialist Trade Courses - Romford 01279 210005 Visit website London - Havering
Tropics Global Concepts Ltd 020 8691 0766 Visit website London - Lewisham
Sharllete Aesthetics 07853 396767 Visit website London - Redbridge
Blink Brow Bar Training Academy 020 7486 1880 Visit website London - Westminster
Blackburne House 0151 709 4356 Visit website Merseyside - Liverpool
Southport College 01704 500606 Visit website Merseyside - Sefton
Ormiston Victory Academy 01603 742310 Visit website Norfolk
Harrogate College 01423 879466 Visit website North Yorkshire
North Nottinghamshire College 01709 722 683 Visit website Nottinghamshire
Abingdon and Witney College - Abingdon Campus 01235 216415 Visit website Oxfordshire
Abingdon and Witney College - Witney Campus 01235 216415 Visit website Oxfordshire
Bath College 01225 312191 Visit website Somerset - Bath and North East Somerset
Health Academics 07956 371542 Visit website Somerset - North Somerset
RNN Group - Dearne Valley College 01709 722 683 Visit website South Yorkshire - Rotherham
Rotherham College 01709 722 683 Visit website South Yorkshire - Rotherham
Buxton and Leek College - Leek Campus 0800 074 0099 Visit website Staffordshire
South Staffordshire College - Tamworth Campus 01827 310202 Visit website Staffordshire
Stoke on Trent College - Cauldon Campus 01782 208208 Visit website Staffordshire - Stoke-on-Trent
East Surrey College 01737 772611 Visit website Surrey
Guildford College of Further and Higher Education 01483 448500 Visit website Surrey
Bournville College 0121 477 1300 Visit website West Midlands - Birmingham
South and City College Birmingham - Digbeth Campus 0121 6945000 Visit website West Midlands - Birmingham
South and City College Birmingham - Hall Green Campus 0121 694 5000 Visit website West Midlands - Birmingham
South and City College Birmingham - Handsworth Campus 0121 694 5000 Visit website West Midlands - Birmingham
Halesowen College 0121 602 8025 Visit website West Midlands - Dudley
Leeds City College - Keighley Campus 01535 685000 Visit website West Yorkshire - Bradford
Swindon College 01793 491591 Visit website Wiltshire
Coco College of Beauty Therapy +353 214878717 Visit website Ireland
Decorum Aesthetics NI 028 9122 6426 Visit website Ards and North Down
Fife College 01592 223400 Visit website Fife
Coleg Y Cymoedd - Ystrad Mynach 01443 816888 Visit website Cardiff
Coleg Cambria - Deeside Campus 0300 303 0007 Visit website Flintshire
Coleg Cambria - Yale Campus 0300 30 30 007 Visit website Wrexham