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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 in the NEW Level 3 Advanced Technical Diploma in Nail Technology. 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

  • Advanced practical skills
  • Nail enhancement systems
  • Nail art
  • Competition work
  • Promoting and selling products and services
  • Business studies
  • Anatomy and Physiology of the hands and nails

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 founder of Nail dresser and lead trainer for Lecente. 

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Entry requirements

Successful completion of a level 2 beauty or equivalent nail qualification.

4 X GCSE Grade 4 and above in English, Maths and ideally Science and art


Level 3 Advanced Technical Diploma in Nail Technology

What you'll learn (core modules)

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

Unit 301 Promoting and selling products and services to clients.

Unit 317 Business practice.

Unit 330 Anatomy and physiology for the hands and feet.

Unit 331 Enhance and maintain nails using light cured gel, including hard gels.

Unit 332 Liquid and powder nail enhancements.

Unit 333 Create and apply nail art.

Unit 334 The creation and presentation of a mood board look book and industry portfolio.

Unit 335 Chemistry of nail products.

Unit 339 Competition work for the nail industry.

Unit 340 Enhancing nails using electrical files.


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 3 Nail technology - Theory exam.

Level 3 Nail Technology - Synoptic exam (Practical exam)

Level 3 Nail Technology - Portfolio.

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 with in the Academy of Hair & Beauty Studies, main campus West Suffolk college.

Where will the course take me?

Achievement of the Level 3 Advanced Technical Diploma in Nail Technology 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
- Product or manufacturing company

Will I need any materials or equipment?


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


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

Flat closed toe black shoes


1 folder (large ring binder)

20 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 a Kit cost of approximately £450 this is for the kit and uniform that MUST be purchased to be able to complete the course.

There will be optional kits that you can purchase if you wish.

The course is free for any students aged 16-19 years of age who do not currently hold a Level 3 qualification.

Any student over the age of 19 or has already completed a Level 3 qualification will need to pay full costs of  £3345.00 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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