VTCT LEVEL 3 Diploma in Nail Technology

The VTCT Level 3 Diploma in Nail Technology is a substantial vocational qualification that will prepare you for a career as a nail technician. This qualification is designed for learners 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.

Course Details

VTCT Code: AB30130

Qualification Number: 500/8966/3

Duration: 6-8 Months

Credits: 51



Learners must complete all 6 mandatory units named below:

  1. Provide manicure treatments (UV20470)
  2. Provide pedicure treatments (UV20471)
  3. Apply and maintain nail enhancements (UV30405)
  4. Client care and communication in beauty-related industries (UV30468)
  5. Monitor and maintain health and safety practice in the salon (UV30491)
  6. Maintaining personal health and wellbeing (UV30493)


Learners must also complete 3 optional units from below:

  1. Display stock to promote sales in a salon (UV20490)
  2. Promote products and services to clients in a salon (UV20492)
  3. Airbrush designs for nails (UV30407)
  4. Enhance nails using electric files (UV30429)
  5. Design and apply nail art (UV30476)


Entry Criteria:

Age: 16 +

Entry profile:

  • Entry onto this qualification can be via previous attainment of a Level 2 qualification in beauty therapy and/or a successful skills test and interview

Progression Routes:

This qualification will prepare you for employment as a nail technician. You will also be eligible to join a professional association and gain insurance as a nail technician. Career opportunities as a nail technician exist in a variety of contexts, including:

  • Working in a commercial nail salon
  • Working in a retail concession 'nail bar'
  • Working independently/self-employed/mobile/home-based settings


Fees & Funding

Course Fees: £3,345.00

At NLET, we give you as many options as possible to help you fund your course fees.

Option 1: Upfront Fee
Secure your place with a deposit, pay your balance 1 month before your course begins.

Option 2: Instalment Plan
Secure your place with a deposit, pay your balance via monthly instalments spread across the course length. Please be aware there is a 10% instalment fee applicable to this option.

Option 3:  19+ Advanced Learner Loan (Student Loan)
You can apply for an Advanced Learner Loan to help with the costs of your course. Loan eligibility does not depend on your income and there are no credit checks.

NLET is an Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) approved prime contractor for Advanced Learner Loans. If you choose this option, we will check your eligibility and issue you all the necessary documents to enable you to apply for the loan.

Check if you’re eligible before you apply for an Advanced Learner Loan.

If you would like to discuss a payment option, please call us on 020 8570 7766 or write to admissions@nletrust.org.