Nail Services Apprenticeship (Level 3 Advanced)

Course Information

  • Course Code: HB456
  • Duration: 1 academic year
  • Validated by: City and Guilds
  • Study Mode: Part time

This apprenticeship covers a range of creative skills used in nail services, such as cleaning, decorating, extending and pampering nails. Nail technicians use a variety of techniques, from hot oil treatments to airbrushing. They can also spot, and in some cases treat, certain nail and skin diseases.

As a nail services apprentice, you will work as a junior nail technician and assist senior nail technicians in performing manicures, pedicures, natural nail wraps, hand and nail treatments, nail extensions and basic nail art techniques.

What will I study?

What will I study

  • Monitor procedures to safely control work operations
  • Enhance and maintain nails using UV gel
  • Enhance and maintain nails using liquid and powder
  • Contribute to the financial effectiveness of your business
  • Plan and create nail art designs
  • Develop a range of creative nail images
Entry Requirements

There are no specific entry requirements to study an Apprenticeship at Blackburn College. You will have an initial assessment when you come in for an interview, and this will show the level of English and maths qualifications, known as functional skills, that you will study alongside your apprenticeship.

Blackburn College will work with applicants to help find a suitable employer where possible. However we always advise anyone looking to undertake an apprenticeship to be actively seeking employment for themselves too.

How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed in one or more of the following ways:

  • Course work
  • Exams
  • Oral questioning
  • Portfolio of evidence
  • Practical demonstration
  • Practical examination
  • Written examination
What can I do next?

Once you have completed the Level 3 Advanced Apprenticeship, you will be a truly proficient Nail Technician who is equipped with the necessary skills and qualifications to work in a beauty salon, leisure club, cruise ship or even as a make-up artist. You may also consider going on to Higher Education to study for a Foundation Degree in Salon Management or other programmes.

Your Study Programme

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Future income

Nail technicians can earn from £12,000 to around £16,000 a year.

Experienced nail technicians can earn up to £25,000 a year.

Figures are intended as a guideline only.


If you are aged 16-24, and you don't think you have the necessary 'work-ready' skills, we also offer Traineeships. Our 8 week courses provide the essential work preparation training, English, maths and work experience needed to secure your place on an Apprenticeship. More information can be found here

Additional Apprenticeship Information

Apprentices should work for at least 30 hours per week and an Apprenticeship takes between one and five years* to complete, depending upon the level of Apprenticeship and the industry sector. Most of the training is delivered in the workplace, so you will learn the skills you need to do the job well. The rest of the training is given by Blackburn College, either at the workplace, in College or via e-learning. The training is specifically tailored to ensure you develop the skills the employer wants, giving apprentices a real advantage in the workplace.

This means that apprentices not only have better long term salary prospects, but they also have excellent progression opportunities, whether looking to study further or climb the ranks within the workplace.