Course information

Study type Study Tier Start Date Duration Course Contact

Full Time

  • Advanced
2 September 201936 weeksHeather Finch

Entry Requirements

The Isle of Wight College has standard entry requirements for full-time college courses, depending on the level of the course to be studied.

There may be additional entry requirements for a small number of specialist courses. If this course is one of these specialist courses, additional entry requirements will be stated below.

Who Is The Course For?

For anyone thinking of a career in Nail Technology services industry, able to study to a level three standard, who have a passion and interest for the industry.

This course is a full time option and is suitable for students 16 years or above.

What Will I Learn?

The course is designed for students who wish to develop a good knowledge of Artificial Nail Techniques, it will also include Nail Art. In addition students will learn the fundamentals of Customer Service, promotional activities and health & safety. They will then be able to apply their knowledge in a salon context.

  • Application and maintenance of nail enhancements
  • Airbrush designs for nails
  • Enhance nails using electric files
  • Design and apply nail art
  • Health and safety
  • Working with others
  • Promote and sell products
  • Contribute to the effective running of business

How Will I Learn?

The course is delivered by specialist staff, which possesses industry experience along with specialist qualifications. Teaching sessions incorporate a mixture of activities to ensure students develop skills and knowledge.

Students are assessed through a combination of internally assessed coursework, practical skills and externally assessed examinations. This helps students to develop core skills required for the Nail Technology industry which include ability to meet deadlines and retention of knowledge as well as application of skills.


As part of your programme of study you may be expected to attend an external work placement for 50 working days each year.
This will give you occupationally specific training focussed on developing practical and technical skills in the workplace.

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Study Programmes

All Study Programmes for 16-19 year olds at The Isle of Wight College are designed to include:

  • Work experience which is effective, relevant, and includes careers fairs, site visits, guest speakers and introduces you to the expectations of the real demands of work
  • Extended work experience/industry placement for Level 3 learners Over the course of your Level 3 study programme you may be expected to do between 36 – 415 hours of industry placement depending on the course you have chosen. All learners are expected, and encouraged, to do their best to find their own relevant, purposeful work experience which supports their career progression.
  • English and maths, where students have not yet achieved a GCSE grade A* - C (9 - 4 using the new grades) in these subjects by age 16
  • Non-qualification activity, such as tutorials and work-related learning, to help further develop the personal skills relevant to your progression goals
  • A vocational experience which will form the substantial part of the programme

These four elements of the programme should combine to provide stretch and challenge for you helping to prepare you for progression to employment or further study.

Please refer to the 16 to 19 study programme document to learn more.

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