Are you interested in the latest fashion trends? Do you enjoy working with people? Are you creative and artistic? If so, then why not think about becoming a Nail Technician?

Work in the beauty industry is both interesting and varied. Job satisfaction is high. As a Beauty Therapist, you would usually work in a salon with other beauticians, hairdressers etc. Or you can, if you wish, decide to be your own boss and run a ‘mobile’ business, visiting your clients in their own homes. Whatever path you choose, it’s a job you’ll love doing, and you’ll make new friends too!

The great thing about our Nail Technician course is that you can study in your own time, at your own pace, from home or from work. You will also have your own professional personal tutor offering tutor support by e-mail and post for a full 12 months from the day you receive the course.

On successful completion of the course students will receive an accredited Level 2 Certificate Award.

Please Note: As this is a theoretical course it is recommended that students gain some hands on training in a salon or practise on friends and family. To gain relevant insurance would require organisational membership and on completion of this course you can attend a one day Skype assessment which would give students additional certification from The Guild Of Beauty Professionals which would allow students to apply for membership with them. The Skype conversion course would cost an additional £95.00 and can be arranged on completion of this course.

Please email us if you would like more information on available centres for conversion courses.

The course has been mapped against the National Occupational Standards for the Beauty industry set by habia.


Contents: Cuticle Nipper; Nail Scissors - Straight Shank 9cm; Cuticle Knife - Stainless Steel; Thick Emery Boards (10); 6” Manicure Sticks (10); Rubber Ended Hoof Stick; Plastic Nail Brush; Nail Buffer Chamois, 12cm; Concave; Manicure Bowl; Nail Clipper 80mm; Big Foot File; French Manicure Kit; Cuticle Oil 15ml; Base Coat 15ml; Quick Dry Top Coat 15ml; Nail Varnish - Classic Red; Nail Varnish - Pink Pearl; Nail Varnish - Chocolate Pearl; Clear Spatula 15cm; Paraffin Wax Brush 2”; Skintruth Nail Buffing Cream; Cuticle Massage Cream; and Creamy Cuticle Remover.

The Home Study Courses Include the Following 17 Units:-

  • Unit 1 - Your Professional Image

The following topics are covered: Health and safety; Professional salon conduct towards client and colleagues; Professional ethics; ethics towards clients and colleagues; and Your professional appearance.

  • Unit 2 - Bacteria and Other Infectious Agents

The following topics are covered: Bacteria – types; Nail fungal infections; Sterilisation; Sanitation & Disinfection.

  • Unit 3 – Safety in the Salon

The following topics are covered: Chemicals used by Nail Technicians; Overexposure to chemicals; Eye protection; Cumulative Trauma Disorders; and Carpel Tunnel Syndrome.

  • Unit 4 – Understanding Chemicals

The following topics are covered: Matter and energy; Properties of matter; Energy; Element, atom, compound and molecule; Vapours; Chemical reactions; Catalysts; Adhesion; Primers; Monomers and polymers; and Light and energy.

  • Unit 5 – Anatomy & Physiology

The following topics are covered: Cells, tissues and membranes; Cell structure and function; Cell membranes; Nucleus and nucleolus; Cytoplasm; Cell functions; Cell division; DNA; Body tissue; Epithelial; Muscle; Nervous; Membranes; Skeletal system; and Muscular system.

  • Unit 6 – Nail Anatomy

The following topics are covered: Nails and disorders; and Symptoms.

  • Unit 7 – Skin & its Disorders

The following topics are covered: Function of the skin; Skins structure; Epidermis; Dermis; Nourishment; Nerves; Skin glands; and Skin disorders.

  • Unit 8 – Client Consultation

The following topics are covered: Clients’ needs; Clients’ lifestyle; and Client record card.

  • Unit 9 – Manicuring

The following topics are covered: Supplies; Sanitation of implements; Materials and containers; Nail cosmetic supplies; Table top set up; Nail shape; Plain manicure; Finishing the nails; Male manicure; Paraffin wax treatment; and Hand massage.

  • Unit 10 – Basic Pedicure

The following topics are covered: Supplies; Pre-service; Performing a pedicure; and Foot massage.

  • Unit 11 – Advanced Nail Techniques

The following topics are covered: Nail Tips; and Application.

  • Unit 12 – Acrylic Overlay Tips

The following topics are covered: Acrylic powers; Supplies; Pre-service; Application; Refills; Maintenance; and Removal.

  • Unit 13 – U.V Gel System

The following topics are covered: Preparation; French manicure; Gel maintenance; and Gel removal.

  • Unit 14 – Nail Wraps

The following topics are covered: Supplies; Pre-service; Application; Maintaining; Removing; Repairing fabric wraps; and Nail art.

  • Unit 15 – Areas of Nail Technician Work

The following topics are covered: Mobile; Home-based; and Salon-based.

  • Unit 16 – Safety at Work

The following topics are covered: Control of substances Hazardous to Health (COSHH); and Electric files.

  • Unit 17 – Aromatherapy recipes for Manicures and Pedicures

The following topics are covered: Cuticle softening treatment; Nail strengthening treatment; Tires, swollen feet; and Cracked and dry feet.


There are no particular entry requirements.

Course Duration & Support:

Students may register at any time and have a full year to complete their studies. You also have access to a personal tutor by mail or email for a 12 month period. As the home study courses are self study you can complete in as little or as long a time as you prefer.


You will be assessed on coursework which is detailed in the course materials. Most coursework consists of short paragraph answers to set questions. Your work can be sent back to your course tutor by email or by post.


ABC AwardsOn successful completion of this course students will receive a Nail Technology Certificate of Achievement by ABC Awards and a Learner Unit Summary (which lists the details of all the units you have completed as part of your course).

The completion of this course alone does not lead to an Ofqual regulated qualification but may be used as evidence of knowledge and skills towards regulated qualifications in the future. The unit summary can be used as evidence towards Recognition of Prior Learning if you wish to progress your studies in this sector. To this end the learning outcomes of the course have been benchmarked at Level 2 against level descriptors published by Ofqual, to indicate the depth of study and level of difficulty involved in successful completion by the learner.

Further information about Ofqual's Qualification & Credit Framework level descriptors can be found at

The course has been endorsed under the ABC Awards' Quality Licence Scheme. ABC Awards' endorsement involves a robust and rigorous quality audit by external inspectors to ensure quality is consistently met. A regular review of courses is carried out as part of the endorsement process. This means that the course developers (UKDLP) have undergone an external quality check to ensure that the organisation and the courses it offers, meet certain quality criteria.

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