Nail Technician (Application and Aesthetics)

Level: Practitioner QLS level 3

By successfully completing this course, you will:

  • Gain skills and knowledge to practice as a Nail Technician – graduates of this course can also obtain professional liability insurance
  • Receive the Certificate of Achievement at QLS Level 3*
  • Become a Registered BSY Nail Technician
  • 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 essential practical training for this course which you can book when you are ready along with 6 case studies.

Course overview

This course will teach you how to work with Acrylic, Gel and Fibreglass nails, as well as covering disorders, diseases and sanitation measures.

Case Studies

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


  • Unit One – The Basic Principles Reviewed
    • Nail Disorders, Diseases and Contraindications to Artificial Nail Application
    • Sanitation
    • Disinfection
  • Unit Two Nail Extensions
    • Acrylic Nails
    • Dips, Tips and Forms
    • Dealing with Re-growth
    • Repairs
  • Unit Three – Nail Extensions (Continued)
    • Application to Bitten Nails
    • Acrylic Tips
    • The French Manicure Finish
    • Removing Acrylic Nails
  • Unit Four – Gel Nails
    • Light-cured Application
    • Dealing with Imperfections
    • Using Forms
    • Curing without Light
  • Unit Five – Gel Nails (Continued)
    • A Step-by-step Guide to Applying Gel over Tips Cured by Light
    • Removal of Nail Tips
    • Cleaning the Working Area
    • Your Appearance
  • Unit Six – Fibreglass Nails
    • Tip Application
    • Fibreglass Nail Application
    • Maintenance
    • Fabric Repairs
    • Removal

Practical training

Practical Training is essential for this course. For further information please call us on Freephone 0800 731 9271 or 01409 220 400. 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.