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Nail Services NVQ Diploma Level 3

Full-Time Study Programmes

  • Overview of the course

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    Our full-time study programmes are designed to maximise your career prospects and widen your options for further or higher study.

    This course is designed for learners who want a career as a Nail Technician. You will be able to learn, develop and practise the skills required for employment and career progression in this sector.

    Many of our learners come to study with us because our industry-experienced tutors have a track record of preparing learners for employment.

    Engaging with employers is also an integral part of this programme – we’ll seek to ensure that you have opportunities to gain real-world experience of your chosen sector.
  • What you'll learn

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    Topics on your Study Programme will include:

    • Health and Safety
    • Client Care and Communication Skills
    • Application of Nail Enhancements
    • E File
    • Airbrushing
    • Nail Art
    • Advanced Nail Art
  • Entry requirements

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    GCSEs at grade 3 or above in English and Maths.
  • How will I be assessed?

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    You will be assessed through practical assignments, online tests and oral questioning. You will also complete of a portfolio of evidence.
  • Is there anything else I need to know?

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    Contact the person or team named on this sheet to arrange an interview then come along and enrol.
    Tuition and certification are free if you are aged 16-18 years old. Related additional costs may include visits and extra external professional development courses, which are payable by all students.

    The Beauty industry has an accepted dress code and all students will be expected to comply with these standards of dress when working in the Beauty Salon. No jewellery or acrylic nails are allowed by the exam board. Professional work wear will include a black tunic (approx. £29) and full smart full-length black trousers and black full shoes. You will purchase the stationary and file kits at approximately £6. Also you will need a makeup and beauty kit approximately £130 that you will need to be purchase from us.

    As part of your practical assessments, you will perform practical treatments on clients. Learners will be equally responsible for providing clients and they will incur a college fee, with discounted rates for friends and family. You will be required to carry out treatments on clients, this is an awarding body requirements.
    You will be expected to have a minimum of 95% attendance and all absences must be explained to your tutor with medical evidence if there is more than one week of absence.
    You will also study GCSE: In either Math and/or English if you haven’t achieved a minimum of 4/5 grade. This is a full-time course and is delivered over 2-3 days per week, across 36 weeks.
  • Who can I speak to about this course?

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    In the first instance please send a message to beauty@boltoncc.ac.uk
  • Future opportunities

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    After you have completed the programme, you could progress on to a Higher Education course at College or university, or explore the possibility of doing a Higher Apprenticeship (Level 4). Check out opportunities at the University of Bolton by visiting www.bolton.ac.uk

    Following further study you could work as a:

    • Nail technician, earning up to £25,000 per year
    • Podiatry Assistant, earning up to £21,000 per year
    • Assessor or Trainer, earning up to £30,000 per year
  • Supporting your learning and wellbeing

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    We have a range of dedicated support and wellbeing services including FREE travel; FREE breakfast; dedicated Learning Development Mentors; impartial advice and guidance; dedicated one-to-one support for learners with additional needs; and support with the cost of College, plus much more.
  • Enrichment

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    Sitting a job interview, writing a personal statement, applying for university - taking part in our enrichment programme will give you a CV to wow in all of these situations! You’ll benefit from:
    • Inspiring trips and experiences

    • Meetings with industry experts

    • Visits to leading companies in your sector


    As well as giving you essential professional and technical skills, you’ll demonstrate that you’re a successful and well-rounded person, helping you to make a lasting impression.

    We want you to have fun, so we also have plenty of leisure and sporting activities for you to enjoy, improving your health and wellbeing.
  • Pre-Professionals Programme

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    Working with your Learning Development Mentor, Tutors and Careers Coaches, you’ll gain an insight and understanding of your sector, helping you to make important decisions about your future, whether that’s university or employment.

    Thanks to our partnership with the University of Bolton, you’ll also benefit from everything the university has to offer, with a range of opportunities to build additional skills and experiences, giving you everything you need to become a FUTURE SUCCESS, in whichever field you choose!

    Exposure to employers is also an integral part of this programme - we will seek to ensure that you have opportunities to gain real-word experience of your sector, giving you the qualifications and experience to progress!
  • Gifted and Talented Programme

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    If you’re a potentially high-achieving learner, capable of exceeding your targets, we will challenge you, encouraging you to fulfil your potential. You may have the opportunity to study additional qualifications, with support in place to complement your study programme experience.
  • Why choose us?

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    We’re an elite College, and part of the University of Bolton Group, offering you a gateway to all of Greater Manchester’s vast range of fantastic opportunities for specialist careers, university degree courses and higher Apprenticeships.

    We’ll reward your achievements with trips to The Anderton Outdoor Activity Centre and the opportunity to apply for the prestigious Duke of Edinburgh Award.

    Our £75 million campus offers a newly refurbished fitness suite and sports hall; Apple Mac suites; libraries, a theatre and dance studios; hair and beauty salon; and a restaurant, café and canteen. You’ll also enjoy a wide range of events, including showcases, enterprise activities and cultural celebrations.
  • How to apply?

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    Click the ‘Apply’ button. You’ll be asked to set up a Learner Hub account, so that you can track your application and enrol online in August. If you have any difficulties setting up your Learner Hub account, please email learner.hub@boltoncc.ac.uk
  • Open Events

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    Due to current circumstances, we’re working on content for our Virtual Open Events – you can register now for the events, which will be available from Monday 16th November 2020 and can be viewed any time after this date.
    To register, please visit www.boltoncollege.ac.uk/register-open-events and complete the registration form – once ready, we’ll send you a link, and you’ll also be automatically entered in to a prize draw to win a brand-new iPad!
  • Disclaimer

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    You may be aware that Bolton College currently has some limitations on the way it works, due to COVID-19. Although every care has been taken to ensure that the information contained within this document is accurate, due to the changeable nature of the situation and updates to government guidance, there may be changes to this programme and provision. We will endeavour to keep prospective and current students updated where appropriate and when the information becomes available.
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    14.00 (Hrs Per Week)

  • Duration:

    36 weeks

  • Venue:

    Deane Road Campus

  • Course Code:

    HT003-YP04