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Nail Treatments — VTCT Level 2 Certificate

Course information

The primary outcome of the VTCT Level 2 Certificate in Nail Treatments is to prepare you to enter the specific sector of beauty therapy as a nail technician. All the units in this qualification relate directly to the specific job role of nail technician.
The VTCT Level 2 Certificate in Nail Treatments is a substantial vocational qualification that will prepare you for a career as a nail technician. This qualification is designed for students aged 16 years or over and will support you to gain employment as a nail technician, as the units contained in this qualification cover all the skills and knowledge required for this role. This is a vocational qualification and includes all the required elements to work effectively as a nail technician including mandatory units covering the following: providing manicure and pedicure treatments, health and safety and client care and communication.
You will further develop your understanding and skills by covering specialist units which include: maintaining nail enhancements using the Acrylic system Tip & Overlay, working with others and providing nail art. The structure of this qualification will enable you to develop the knowledge, understanding and skills required for the role of nail technician.
Throughout this qualification you will develop your knowledge and understanding of relevant anatomy and physiology, health and safety, client care and nail products and equipment. You will also develop a range of technical skills enabling you to prepare and enhance the nails and cuticles on the hands and feet using different techniques. You will also develop interpersonal skills that will assist you to communicate effectively with clients.
Additional courses
The VTCT Level 2 Award in LED Gel Polish Techniques is a single unit award qualification about applying, maintaining and removing LED gel polish products to the nails.
This qualification aims to enable you to enhance the ranges of services and techniques offered to nail services clients.
This qualification also covers the skills and knowledge required to prepare for the service and maintain effective health, safety and hygiene working practices throughout the treatment.
The VTCT Level 2 Award in Preparing to Run a Hair and Beauty Business has been specially designed to enable you to gain the skills, knowledge and understanding required to be a successful beauty therapy or hairdressing entrepreneur, including an awareness of the benefits and risks involved in running your own business.


VTCT L2 Certificate in Nail Treatments

This course leads to...

Career opportunities as a nail technician exist in a variety of contexts, including:
- Working in a commercial nail or beauty salon.
- Working in a retail concession nail bar.
- Working independently/self-employed/mobile/home-based settings.
Whilst the primary purpose of this qualification is to prepare you for employment as a nail technician, you may choose to develop your skills further by undertaking qualifications at Level 3.

Entry Requirements

A Level 1 qualification in Beauty Therapy or GCSE grades 4 or above, and a successful interview.
It is desirable that the candidates have a creative flair, good communication skills and a genuine desire to learn the art of nail techniques.
It is also desirable that the candidate has good hand and eye co-ordination due to the complexity of applying nail enhancements. It is essential that applicants demonstrate an appropriate level of inter-personal skills at interview as this is a customer focused industry

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Further Information...

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Course ID: 163667

Course Year: 21/22

Course Duration: 1 Year


If you are 16-18 years old at the start of your course, studying at The City of Liverpool College is free. If you are aged between 19-23 and don’t already hold a qualification equivalent to 5 GCSEs at grade 4 (C) or above, and you need to study at Entry or Level 1 to progress to Level 2, you won't have to pay any fees for this course.

Aged 19 or over and unemployed or earning less than £18,135 a year? You may also qualify to join this course for free. To find out more, contact our admissions team on 0151 252 3000 or at

Fee for21/22 is 470.00
In future years this fee may be subject to change.

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