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Nail Technology City & Guilds Level 2 Award

  • L2
  • EHCP

This course covers all aspects of applying, maintaining and removing gel nail extensions professionally. You will study the theoretical aspects of the service as well as providing a thorough consultation to determine your client’s objectives. With supportive tuition you will have the opportunity to experience applying and receiving the nail service ensuring you have the knowledge and skills to provide nail enhancements to clients.

Entry requirements

You will need:

  • 3 GCSEs at grades A*-D or 9-3 ideally including English and maths. 

Also desirable: Beauty Therapy or hairdressing qualifications. If you have gained any work based qualifications these could also be taken into consideration.

If you do not already hold a recognised Health & Safety qualification you will be required to complete the Health & Safety Level 2 Award (at a cost of £45).

Course content

The course will include a mix of practical and theory sessions to include:

  • An introduction to basic manicure
  • Preparation of client including consultation methods
  • Anatomy & physiology of the nail and skin
  • Theory of products and equipment
  • Health & safety requirements for nail technologies
  • The application of gel nails systems
  • Maintenance and aftercare advice
  • Removal techniques

Assessment methods

Following your practical training you will complete formative and summative assessments where you will have the opportunity gain a pass, merit or distinction. Please be advised that you may need to provide models for your assessments. There will be theory tuition for health & safety as well as nail enhancements which will involve online exams. You will also be required to study at home during the course to enhance your practical skills as well as producing written assignments.


  • City & Guilds Level 2 Award in Follow Health and Safety Practice in the Salon (if required)
  • City & Guilds Level 2 Unit in Apply & Maintain Nail Enhancements

Further study and career options

Following the completion of the course you could provide gel nail enhancements on a professional level. To expand or advance your skills after the course you could continue your studies in beauty therapy.

Additional information

You will be required to purchase a kit (prices available at interview).

Professional dress code is required of a black tunic (available through college), smart black trousers and closed in low heel black shoes. You will need to wear your hair up (if long) and remove any jewellery or visible piercings to conform to City & Guilds assessment requirements.

You will also need to buy a ring binder folder for theory notes and your portfolio of evidence.

Important information

If you do not already hold a recognised Health & Safety qualification you will be required to complete the Health & Safety Level 2 Award (J942M02) (at a cost of £45).

Pay by instalments

The College offers an instalment plan for Further Education and Higher Education courses to students where the total amount payable at the point of enrolment is £200 or more. Within the scheme there is an ability to pay up to 7 instalments, depending on the length of the courses and the final payment must be paid at least a month before the end of the course.

Funding information

Course Information & How to Apply

The deadline has now passed and we are no longer accepting applications. Please register your interest here for our part-time courses starting from September 2021.

LengthStart DateDay(s)Time(s)FeesLocationCourse Code
17 weeks - Postponed until further notice 03/02/2021 Wed 6.00 pm - 9.00 pm £345 Brooks Hair & Beauty Salon BBJ113 Course in progress

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