Manicure & Pedicure

Practitioner level 3

By successfully completing this course, you will:

  • Gain skills and knowledge to practice as a Manicure & Pedicure Specialist
  • Be awarded the professional BSY Diploma
  • Become a Registered BSY Manicure & Pedicure Practitioner
  • Receive the Certificate of Achievement at QLS Level 3*
  • Be eligible for full membership of The Guild of Professional Beauty Therapists

You can study this course from the comfort of your own home; in your own time and at your own pace; with helpful support and encouragement from our friendly tutors. There is also an essential 1 day of practical training for this course.

Course overview

Perfect nails are rare, as our hands are constantly used to perform a vast number of tasks. You are shown 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.


  • Lesson One
    • Introduction
    • Cosmetic Chemistry
    • Implements and Materials
    • Client Care
    • Client Consultation
      • Consultation Cards
    • Contraindications
    • Preparation for Manicure
      • Equipment and Materials Required
      • The Table – Set up and Hygiene
  • Lesson Two
    • The Purpose of a Manicure
    • The Manicure Procedure
      • The Treatment
      • Nail Shape and Length
      • Painting the Nails
    • Hot Oil Manicures
      • Alternative Methods
  • Lesson Three
    • The Nail and Surrounding Structures
      • Composition of Nails
      • Compounds Required for Healthy Nail Condition
    • Nail Disorders
  • Lesson Four
    • Massage
      • Principles of Massage
      • The Three Main Movements
      • Benefits of Massage
      • Contraindications to Massage
      • Massage Mediums
      • Hand and Arm Massage
    • Professional Ethics
  • Lesson Five
    • Sterilization
      • Methods
      • Advantages and Disadvantages
      • Disinfection
    • Hygiene
      • Salon
      • Personal
    • Paraffin Wax Treatment
      • Contraindications
    • Homecare Advice
  • Lesson Six
    • The Feet
      • Foot Problems and Conditions
      • Equipment and Materials
      • Step-by-Step Guide to Pedicure
  • Lesson Seven
    • Foot and Leg Massage
    • Sales Techniques
      • Promoting Products and Services
  • Lesson Eight
    • Anatomy, Physiology and Histology
      • Histology – the Cell
      • 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

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.

*Registration is essential with this course at any time during the studies. Registration fee of £20 applies. Full details on request.