Beauty Therapy | Nail Technology | VTCT Certificate Level 2

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Course Type: Adult qualifications and professional, Open to international students Campus: Central Brighton Campus Assessment: Written assignments and multiple choice exams Qualification: VTCT Certificate in Nail Technology Level 2 Awarding Body: VTCT Fees (November 2022): £924.00

Why this course?


You will learn a range of skills including how to professionally administer manicures and pedicures.

You will learn how to apply specialist techniques including gel nails and also how to maintain salon health and safety.

You will also learn about nail technology and anatomy and physiology principles to support your practical skills.

On successful completion of this course you will be able to apply for roles as a professional nail technician.

Tutor: Michele Crawley

Start dates

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Code Start Campus Times Duration Fees
FE0020-1C 03 Nov 2022 Central Brighton Wednesdays 28 weeks £924.00 Apply

Course content

You will learn a range of skills including:

  • Professionally providing manicures and pedicures
  • Gel polish application
  • Health and safety
  • Anatomy & physiology
  • Nail technology

Study hours: 

This course takes place between 9am-5pm, once a week for 18 weeks.

Each week you will be required to spend 1-2 hours at home studying theory, alongside 2-4 hours per week working on practical skills.

Entry requirements

An interview is required for this course.

We require a minimum of 95% attendance and you will be required to make up any missed hours. 

You must show commitment and flexibility as due to exams, department trips and training days, timetable changes may occur. 


You will be expected to present yourselves in a professional manner, be polite and courteous. You will attend college wearing a uniform, with your hair up, nails cut short and free from varnish, and strictly no jewellery or facial jewellery is allowed. You will be expected to arrive punctual and attend all classes. These are all requirements of the awarding body.

Why the MET?

  • Professional standard beauty and hairdressing salons open to the general public, providing a realistic working environment
  • High-end, industry branded equipment and products, plus additional training from external companies
  • Library and computing facilities
  • Access to the MET’s student services, including career advice and additional learning support
  • Cafés with a wide range of reasonably priced meals, snacks and drinks

Cost & Finance

The course fees for 2022/23 entry are £924.

You do not have to pay fees if:

  • You are a UK citizen, hold EU Settlement Status or have a visa which could qualify you for home status.
  • AND you are under 19 on 31 August in the year you are studying. 

More information about fees for college courses and financial support for 16-19 year olds can be found here.

Level 2 entitlement

Course is free if you meet the following criteria:

If you will be aged 19-23 when your course begins and you have not already achieved a full Level 2 or above, you may not have to pay any fees. For more information, please speak to our Admissions team: | 01273 667704

Unemployed / Benefits waiver / Low wage

Course is free if you meet the following criteria:

You may not have to pay any fees if you will be aged 19 or over when you begin this course and:

  • You are in receipt of Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA) or Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)
  • OR you are receiving a means tested benefit, earning less than £343 per month (take home) if you are a sole claimant or £549 a month if you have a joint claim with your partner, and are completing the course to improve your employability
  • OR if you are working and earn less than £17,004 per year (gross pay)

You will need to provide evidence and sign a declaration when you enrol.

Subsidised fees

If the above does not apply to you, you may still be eligible for a subsidised fee. For more information, please speak to our Admissions team: | 01273 667704


Additional costs

If accepted on to the course, you will need to place an order for the nail extensions and manicure kits.

Pre-entry preparation: Encyclopaedia of Nails by Jacqui Jefford & Anne Swain.

Work experience opportunities: You will be encouraged to work in the industry and apply treatments outside of class time to build your skills.

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