Level 2 Certificate in Nail Technology (Adult Course)

This course is suitable for students aged 19 and over.

If you are looking to embark on a career as a Nail Technician, working either in a salon or nail bar, this qualification is designed to equip you with the knowledge, practical skills and industry-required qualification to be able do this with confidence.

When will I start the course and how long will it take?

This course will start in September and will take one year to complete. You will attend College on a Tuesday evening, from 5.30pm - 8.30pm.

This course will take place at St Helens College, Town Centre Campus, St Helens, WA10 1PP.

What will I study?

This course covers the following:

  • How to undertake a luxury manicure and pedicure
  • UV Gel Nail Extensions
  • Acrylic Nail Extensions
  • Consultation Techniques
  • Importance of following Health and Safety practices
  • How to provide manicure treatments and nail art
  • Providing and maintaining nail enhancement
  • Delivering effective client care and communication

You will study alongside like-minded people in classes delivered by friendly supportive tutors.

How is it assessed?

You will be assessed by practical observation, written assignments and examination.

Do I need any previous qualifications to start this course?

You should have four GCSEs at grade 3 (equivalent to grade D) or above, including English and maths.

What are the course fees?

Course fees are dependent on your personal circumstances and you may be eligible for funding. For more information on the financial support that may be available, please visit our dedicated financial support pages.

What can I go on to do once I have completed this course?

Upon successful completion of this course, you could have the opportunity to progress on to the level 3 Diploma in Nail Technologies.

I'm interested in this course, what do I do next?

If you would like any further information in relation to this course, please contact our enquiries team directly on 0800 99 66 99 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or drop into our next Enrolment and Information Event. Alternatively, submit an application form to secure a place.

Programmes funded by the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority's Adult Education Budget are available to study here. Please visit Student Services for further information about the financial support available to you.

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“Learning about a variety of beauty treatments and taking part in a work placement, has given me the confidence to secure a part-time position in a local salon.”

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