Diploma in Nail Technology

Become a professional nail technician in just 3 months!

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Nail enhancements

Manicure and pedicure

Nail art design

Electric file use

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Quick facts on the Diploma in

Nail Technology

  • The qualification - Level 3 diploma awarded by VTCT

  • Funding - Via the Advanced Learner Loan - find out more here

  • Who it's for - Anyone wanting to develop their career or become a nail technician

  • Location - UK Skills Growth Academy - Tower Bridge Centre

  • Duration - 3 months

  • Classes - 2 days a week. 10:00 - 16:00 weekdays and 10:00 - 16:00 on weekends

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Upcoming Courses

Course Start Date
Course End Date
Group A (full)
Saturdays & Sundays
Group C (full)
Mondays & Tuesdays
Group E
Wednesday (1 day a week)
Group F
Thursday (1 day a week)
Group G
Friday (1 day a week)
Group A
Saturday (1 day a week)
Group C
Monday (1 day a week)
Group D
Tuesday (1 day a week)

About Diploma in Nail Technology

Tower Bridge Beauty Academy offers the Diploma in Nail Technology at its East London centre, located just a stone's throw from Tower Bridge. The Diploma in Nail Technology aims to prepare you for a career in beauty therapy as a nail technician. All the units in this qualification relate directly to the specific job role of a nail technician.

During this vocational qualification you will gain practical experience in the skills necessary for a career in beauty and specifically for a career as a nail technician. You will develop your knowledge and understanding of relevant anatomy and physiology, health and safety, client care and nail products and equipment. You will learn how to provide a variety of nail enhancement treatments using different techniques. You will also develop interpersonal skills which are important for communicating effectively with clients.

This qualification is based on National Occupational Standards (NOS) for beauty therapy. It is recognised by the UK's leading professional association, the British Association of Beauty Therapy and Cosmetology (BABTAC) as being fit for purpose for preparing you for a career as a nail technician. Holders of this qualification are eligible to become a professional member of BABTAC.

Units Covered

During this course you will complete between 8 and 11 units, 6 of which are compulsory, you can then choose from 5 optional units.


  • Health & Safety considerations & regulations in the salon

  • Client care and communication in beauty-related industries

  • Maintaining Personal Health and Well-being

  • Provide Manicure & Pedicure Treatment

    • Anatomy & Physiology (Structure of the skin and nail)

  • Apply and maintain Nail enhancements

    • UV Gel Nail Extension

    • Acrylic Nails Extension

    • Nail Wrap (Fiberglass)

  • Nail diseases & disorders​

  • Hygiene & preparing the client, treatment room & trolley

Optional Units:

  • Nail Art - design and apply

  • Electric Files (how to use e-files and drill bits)

  • Display stock and promote sales in the salon

  • Promote products and services to clients

Entry Requirements

We will assess all applicants suitability on a case-by-case basis. Entry onto the course may be obtained through previous attainment of a Level 2 qualification in beauty therapy and/or successful completion of an English and Maths test and interview. 


This course aims to provide career development to those already in work, to equip learners not in work or working in a different sector to find work as a nail technician or as a step towards further study in a similar subject.

Assessment Methods

During this course you will be assessed through various assessments, multiple choice theory exams, evidence portfolio and workbooks. Also, a 90% attendance is required to pass the course due to the intensity and course length.



This course is delivered at our Tower Bridge Centre with attendance for classes being required two days a week, 10:00 - 17:00 weekdays and 10:00 - 17:00 on weekends. 

Our expert course tutor will guide you through the course and our centre is equipped with everything you need to be able to complete assignments and undertake independent study, including computers and laptops. 

Nail Kit provided in class for every learner at the academy.


The fee for this course is £3,345. The full course fee can be funded via the Advanced Learner Loan. You can find more information about the Advanced Learner Loan here