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Nail Services Diploma

Level 2

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Key Info

Learning Area   Hairdressing & Beauty Therapy
Delivery Mode   Full-time
Duration   1 Year
Course Code   10005-CAM-22,10428-STA-22

Dates & Locations

Course Type   16-19, Adult
Location   Cornwall College Camborne
Start Date   13/09/2022

Course Type   16-19, Adult
Location   Cornwall College St Austell
Start Date   14/09/2022

If you are interested in a career as a nail technician, then this course will equip you with the latest skills and know how. This course offers you the skills required to gain employment as a nail technician at Level 2 Standard. You will receive training in manicure, pedicure, nail art, and artificial nail enhancements.

With nail bars becoming a commonplace on the high street, this course will equip you with the essential skills to start employment in this fast growing industry. This is suitable for students new to the beauty industry wanting to become a nail technician in a nail bar or beauty salon.

  What You Will Learn

You will be hands-on from the first week. Learning in our purpose-built nail bar, you will be training in a dynamic and professional commercial environment.

On this course you will get to develop you work based skills; recognising the importance of professional practice. You will learn how to:

Provide manicure services
Provide pedicure services
Carry out nail services
Apply and maintain nail enhancements to create a natural finish
Fulfil salon reception duties
Develop and maintain effectiveness at work
Promote additional services or products to customers
Ensure responsibility for actions to reduce risks to health and safety

Our tutors are industry professionals and they will demonstrate the practical techniques as well as best practice so that you can be sure that you are equipped with the skills and know-how to perform these services independently.

Practical skills are developed on hand trainers - once a level of competence is reached clients are to be used for assessment. Theory is delivered alongside each unit and in house exams are set, however emphasis is placed on practical learning.

Students will be expected to wear uniform and present themselves in a professional manner as practical work will be assessed in the commercial salon.

  Entry Requirements

You will need to have a minimum GCSEs at grades 4 – 9 in English and mathematics. At Cornwall College, we recognise that applicants without these qualifications can often offer a high level of competence as well as life experience and we will therefore consider all applications on their merits alongside their qualifications. If you are unsure as to whether or not you meet the requirements, please call the department and ask to speak to the study programme manager who will be happy to discuss it with you.

  Work Experience

You are expected to find an external work placement while on the course. This will help you gain valuable work experience to help you develop a career in this exciting industry. However, we have work place coordinators that can help you or you may be able to gain work experience in our own commercial Salons open to the public.


You will be assessed through either written assignments or online multiple choice questions, as well as practical assessment on customers in our commercial salons that are open to the public.


Once you have completed the nail services Level 2 course, you will have a basic understanding of the nail industry and be ready to move on to the more advanced Level 2 and 3 courses.

You could use your newly gained qualification to seek employment in industry. However, it is always an advantage to offer as many different services as possible to your clients, so once you have achieved your Level 2, we would recommend that you enhance your knowledge base and develop your skills by progressing on to the Nail Services Level 3 course at Cornwall College.




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Courses listed on this website are indicative of the subject, nature and level of study. The College reserves the right to alter specific qualifications titles, awarding bodies and levels of qualification, which can change in year. Any cost may also vary, based on personal funding eligibility. The Cornwall College Group reserves the right to withdraw any course listed at any time.

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Lisa Allen

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Lisa credits the reflexology diploma at the college as life changing, allowing her to now pursue her dream career. Having completed the course, she now runs a successful reflexology practice as well as wellbeing and yoga retreats.

"I had developed an interest in holistic therapies and wanted a career change into that industry. The college have a great spa and beauty department and the tutor for reflexology is a wealth of knowledge.

The mixture of theory and practical study kept the course interesting and engaging. This course completely changed my life, giving me a rewarding and fulfilling career as well as financial security."

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