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This study programme is designed for 16 to 19 year olds (aged 19 to 24 for students with an Education, Health and Care Plan).

All courses take place on our Sixth Form Campus, therefore any applicants aged 25+ or over who do not have an Education, Health and Care Plan may be required to complete a DBS check as part of the conditional offer to West Suffolk College. The cost to the applicant for a DBS is £30.00 and the DBS check can be completed through the college.

Please visit our Adult EducationDegrees and Employer section for alternative courses.

About the course

Thank you for your interest and application in the NEW Level 2 Advanced Technical Certificate in Nail Treatments. As you know, this is a fast-growing industry and we at West Suffolk College are thrilled to be able to offer you the opportunity to study with us.

You will be learning lots of new and exciting skills linked to working in the industry such as

  • Introduction to working in the nail industry
  • Anatomy and physiology for hands and feet
  • Nail enhancements (clear) Hard gel and Acrylic
  • Nail art services
  • Manicure and Pedicure services
  • Light cured gel polish

To compliment this fantastic new course, we are also incredibly proud to be the Flagship college for Lecente, an award winning, UK company using cruelty free products. Students are given the opportunity to work with experienced and qualified staff and collaborate with Theresa Foddering (The Naildresser) and lead trainer for Lecente. 

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Entry requirements

Four GCSEs Grade 4 and above in English, Maths and ideally Science and Art


Level 2 Technical Certificate in Nail Technology

What you'll learn (core modules)

A variety of theory and practical skills linked to the Nail Technology industry


Unit 205 Manicure services

Unit 206 Pedicure services

Unit 207 Light cured gel polish

Unit 231 Anatomy and physiology for hands and feet

Unit 232 Introduction to working in the nail industry

Unit 233 Nail enhancements (clear) Hard gel and Acrylic 

Unit 234 Nail art services


Benefits, skills and character strengths

Working in the Nail Technology, Hairdressing, Barbering and Beauty industry attracts passionate, artistic, and hardworking individuals, this is a demanding industry where maximum job satisfaction is guaranteed for the right person. This is an industry where teamwork, artistry and personal flair is part of every working day and that brings with it the responsibility and rewards that ensure that every day is a new and exciting challenge.

If you are looking for a long term, varied career that motivates and inspires your passion then this is the career for you.

How will I be assessed?

There is a variety of methods used to assess your work during this course:

Level 2 Nail Treatment - Theory exam.

Level 2 Nail Treatment - Synoptic exam (Practical exam)

You are also required to take part in Work Related Experience, this must take place in industry throughout the year. You will work with a coordinator to arrange this.

Leading up to the Synoptic Assignment practical assessment you will be supported thought several formative assessments aimed to prepare you for these formal exams.

Where is the course delivered? (facilities/classrooms)

This course will be delivered within the Academy of Hair & Beauty Studies, main campus West Suffolk college.

We have a new state of the art Nail Studio. 

Where will the course take me?

Achievement of the Level 2 Technical Certificate in Nail Treatments demonstrates to an employer that you have the necessary advanced technical skills to be employed as a Nail Technician.
This qualification could lead to a job as a Nail Technician working in one of the following areas:

  • Nail bar/salon
  • Beauty salon
  • Media
  • Cruise ship/hotel
  • Trainer

Will I need any materials or equipment?


These will be ordered using the order forms provided by West Suffolk College.


This will be ordered using the order form provided by West Suffolk college.

Flat black shoes (not trainers) 


1 folder (large ring binder)

10 dividers

Pencil case

Pens / pencils

Colouring pens/ pencils


Correction fluid



Notebook for making notes

Hairbands/pins to put hair up

How much will it cost?

There is an approximate cost of £560 for the 2x kits and uniform that MUST be purchased.


The course is free for any students aged 16-19 and 19-23 years of age.

The cost of the course for 24+ is £1,500


Any student over the age of 19 will need to pay full costs unless they are in receipt of benefits, the Student Welfare department will be able to help you with this application. If this is the case, you can apply for an Advanced Learner Loan that will pay for your course fees.

I'm interested. What should I do now?

Apply online and complete the application form, you will be called in to the college to interview with a member of the team who will give you more detail about the programme and help you enrol onto the course.

Days & times

Starting September 2023

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