Qualification Information

VTCT Product Code: BT3ED5 GLH: 0 Age Restriction: 16
Qualification Number: 601/6986/2 Units: 0 - 22 Registration End Date: 31st Dec 2019
Level: 3

Additional Information

Statement of purpose


Who is this qualification for?


The VTCT Level 3 Extended Diploma in Nail Technologies is a technical level qualification aimed at 16-18 learners who are in a full-time Level 3 education programme and wish to pursue a career as an employed and/or self-employed 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 2 qualification or equivalent in nail services.

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 nail technician. Learners must achieve all mandatory units which include:

- Health and safety in the salon
- Client care and consultation
- Nail enhancements using light cured gel
- Nail enhancements using liquid and powder
- Electric filing for nails
- Promote and sell products and services
- Cosmetic science for nail enhancements
- Design and apply nail art
- Anatomy and physiology for nail services
- Airbrush nail art
- Gel polish for nails

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 and successfully promote and retail products. Learners will develop their skills, knowledge and understanding of a wide range of nail enhancement treatments including application of light cured gel and liquid and powder to create a nail extension, electric filing, gel polish and nail art, whilst looking in greater depth at the science behind these services. 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 and research skills will also be developed.

In addition to completing mandatory units, learners are required to complete five optional units. A variety of optional units are available which include (this list is not exhaustive): contribute to the effective running of a business, spray tanning, working with colleagues in the beauty related industry, how to set up and run a new business, salon reception duties and managing a commercial column.

Why is this qualification the most suitable?


This qualification is one of two VTCT technical level qualifications in nail technologies. In addition to this qualification there is the Level 3 Diploma in Nail Technologies, both qualify learners to become nail technicians.

At 450 to 455 guided learning hours (GLH), the Extended Diploma is larger and most suited to learners who have achieved English and maths at Level 2 and wish to focus the majority of their programme on nail technologies, whereby they will develop a broader range of technical skills.

The Diploma at 375 to 380 GLH 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.

Which subjects might complement this qualification?


As a service-sector qualification, vocational subjects which may complement this qualification include, customer service, business studies and management, marketing, retail, fashion and photography. Academic subjects that may complement this qualification include maths, English, art and design, design and technology and science.

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 4 in one or more of the following areas:

- salon management
- advanced beauty therapy

Who supports this qualification?


This qualification is regulated by the Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation (Ofqual).

This qualification has been submitted to the Department for Education for teaching to 16-19 year olds from September 2016, and will be first reported in the technical level category of the 2018 16-19 performance tables.

This qualification has been developed collaboratively with employers, professional associations and key stakeholders in the beauty therapy sector. Because of this, 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
British Association of Beauty Therapy and Cosmetologybabtac.com



Qualification Structure

Unit Code Unit Ref Unit Title Level Credits GLH
BT3ED5.EX1 External Examination 1 BT3ED5 3
BT3ED5.EX2 External Examination 2 BT3ED5 3
BT3ED5.SYN Graded Synoptic Assessment BT3ED5 3



Unit Code Unit Ref Unit Title Level Credits GLH
UBT109M H/507/5440 Nail enhancements using light cured gel 3 50
UBT110M K/507/5441 Nail enhancements using liquid and powder 3 50
UBT111M M/507/5442 Electrical filing for nails 3 30
UBT113M A/507/5444 Cosmetic science for nail enhancements 3 35
UBT114M J/507/5446 Design and apply nail art 3 30
UBT115M Y/507/5449 Anatomy and physiology for nail services 3 20
UBT116M L/507/5450 Airbrush nail art 3 30
UBT117M D/507/5453 Gel polish for nails 3 10
UBT119M A/507/5458 Promote and sell products and services 3 25
UBT90M D/507/5517 Client care and consultation 3 20
UCO28M L/507/5626 Health and safety in the salon 3 30



Unit Code Unit Ref Unit Title Level Credits GLH
UBT142X H/507/5499 Contribute to the effective running of a business 3 25
UBT143X R/507/5501 Working with colleagues in the beauty industry 3 25
UBT153X T/507/5507 Spray tanning 3 20
UCO29X D/507/5629 Salon reception duties 3 25
UCO30X Y/507/5631 Social media marketing for a hair or beauty business 3 25
UCO31X D/507/5632 Planning and implementing promotional activities 3 25
UCO32X T/507/5636 Managing a commercial column 3 25
UCO33X A/507/5637 How to set up and run a new hair or beauty business 3 25



*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

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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
Sapphire Hair And Beauty Academy 01767 601909 Visit website Bedfordshire - Central Bedfordshire
Furness College 01229 825017 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
Specialist Trade Courses - Romford 01279 210005 Visit website Essex
The Basildon Upper Academy 01268 552536 Visit website Essex
South Essex College of Further and Higher Education - Southend Campus 0845 521 2345 Visit website Essex - Southend-on-Sea
Summerhouse Training - Beauty 01452 720288 Visit website Gloucestershire
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
Basingstoke College of Technology 01256 354141 Visit website Hampshire
Canterbury College 01227 811111 Visit website Kent
Kent Sports Academy Limited 01233 641000 Visit website Kent
Blackpool and the Fylde College - Bispham Campus 01253 504625 Visit website Lancashire - Blackpool
Naillounge Training 07487 292699 Visit website London - Barnet
Specialist Trade Courses 01279 210005 Visit website London - Bexley
Specialist Trade Courses - Sidcup 020 8303 9222 Visit website London - Bexley
Blackburne House 0151 709 4356 Visit website Merseyside - Liverpool
Harrogate College 01423 879466 Visit website North Yorkshire
Abingdon and Witney College - Abingdon Campus 01235 216220 Visit website Oxfordshire
Abingdon and Witney College - Witney Campus 01235 216220 Visit website Oxfordshire
Bath College 01225 312191 Visit website Somerset - Bath and North East Somerset
RNN Group - Dearne Valley College 01709 513333 Visit website South Yorkshire - Rotherham
Rotherham College 01709 362111 Visit website South Yorkshire - Rotherham
Stoke on Trent College - Cauldon Campus 01782 208208 Visit website Staffordshire - Stoke-on-Trent
East Surrey College 01737 772611 Visit website Surrey
Leeds City College - Keighley Campus 01535 685000 Visit website West Yorkshire - Bradford
Fife College 01592 223400 Visit website Fife
Coleg Cambria - Deeside Campus 0300 303 0007 Visit website Flintshire
Coleg Cambria - Yale Campus 0300 30 30 007 Visit website Wrexham