Manicure & Pedicure (Nailcare Foundation)

Level: Practitioner QLS level 3

By successfully completing this course, you will:

  • Gain skills and knowledge to practice as a Manicure & Pedicure Specialist – graduates of this course can also obtain professional liability insurance
  • Receive the Certificate of Achievement at QLS Level 3*
  • Become a Registered BSY Manicure & Pedicure Practitioner
  • Be awarded the professional BSY Diploma
  • Be eligible for full membership of The Guild of Professional Beauty Therapists
  • Be eligible to become a member of AHCP (Association of Complementary Practitioners)
  • Complete further studies via our bespoke Nail Practitioner pathway and specialise in a range of nail treatments

This course is available on our unique online platform with access to accompanying videos and interactive media to support your theory work. There is an essential 1 day of practical training for this course which you can book when you are ready along with 4 case studies.

Course overview

Perfect nails are rare, as our hands are constantly used to perform a vast number of tasks. You will learn all aspects of nail, hand and foot care, the correct way to care for the nails and the products required to perform a manicure and pedicure. You will also learn important skills for promoting and setting up your business.

Case Studies

As part of your course you will be required to submit four case studies which will be assessed by your tutor. These will demonstrate your ability to put your studies into practice.


  • Unit One – Anatomy and Physiology
    • Introduction
    • Histology
    • The Blood Supply
    • The Skeletal System
    • The Bones of the Hand
    • The Bones of the Foot
    • The Muscular System
    • The Muscles of the Hand
    • Muscles of the Forearm
    • The Nervous System
  • Unit Two – The Structure and Health of the Nail
    • The Nail and its Surrounding Structures
    • The Composition of Nails
    • The Effects of Nutrition on the Nails
    • Some Common Nail Disorders
  • Unit Three – Preparing to Give Treatments
    • Introduction
    • Cosmetic Chemistry
    • Implements and Materials
    • Client Care
    • Consultation
    • Contraindications
    • Preparation for Manicure
  • Unit Four – The Manicure
    • The Purpose of the Manicure
    • The Treatment Procedure
    • Nail Shaping
    • Buffing the Nails
    • Painting the Nails
    • Hot Oil Manicures
  • Unit Five – Giving a Hand and Arm Massage
    • Principles of Massage
    • The Three Main Movements
    • Benefits of Massage
    • Contraindications to Massage
    • Massage Mediums
    • Hand and Arm Massage
    • Professional Ethics
  • Unit Six – Hygiene/ Paraffin Wax Treatments/ Giving Home Care Advice
    • Sterilisation and Disinfection
    • Hygiene
    • Paraffin Wax Treatment
    • Home Care Advice
  • Unit Seven – The Pedicure
    • The Feet
    • Foot Problems and Conditions
    • Equipment and Materials
    • Step-by-Step Guide to Pedicure
  • Unit Eight – Foot and Leg Massage / Promoting your Business
    • Sales Techniques
    • Promoting Your Business
    • Promoting Products and Services

Practical training

1 day of Practical Training is essential for this course. Practical workshops can be held in various locations around the UK and are available for an additional fee of £75 per day. Your practical training is a valuable opportunity to learn directly from an experienced practical training tutor with specialist skills.

What’s next?

You can complete further studies via one of bespoke Beauty Pathways;

Nail Practitioner Pathway – specialise in offering a range of nail treatments to maintain repair and enhance your clients nails

Beauty and Nails Pathway – offer skin care services and a range of nail treatments

*Registration fee included.