Foundation to Level 3 in Nail Technology

If you are looking to embark on a career as a nail technician, perhaps initially working freelance but with the potential to progress onto employment in a salon / spa or open your own salon premises, our Foundation to Level 3 in Nail Technology is the ideal training option for you. 

You might be considering the VTCT in Level 3 Diploma in Nail Technology (500/8966/3) Qualification. VTCT are internationally recognised awards, valued by salon / spa employers, often required to open salon premises or indeed to access higher level training such as advanced aesthetics courses. That said, we understand it is a big commitment which you might not be ready for. This is why we have created our Foundation to Level 2 programme, as a first step on your beauty training path to success. Complete practical training, get ABT accredited diplomas & upgrade later from Foundation to VTCT within 12 months, if you wish.

As part of this training option, you’ll complete 4 days training covering manicures & pedicures, acrylic nail extensions, UV Gel Nail Extensions, Sculpting & E-Filing treatments. You’ll also learn Nail Art online. Upon completion, you’ll achieve ABT accredited diplomas allowing you to gain insurance to begin working as an advanced freelance nail technician from home or mobile. You’ll also have access to exclusive online e-learning resources including detailed manuals and training videos to help recap your learning on the practical days and give you additional confidence moving forward with your new beauty career, offering your treatments to paying clients.

Once you get established in the beauty industry, you may decide you wish to upgrade to the VTCT in Level 3 in Nail Technology qualification (500/8966/3) to enable you to access employment opportunities in salons/spas, internationally, to open your own salon premises or to qualify as a beauty training professional. You have 12 months to upgrade from when you enrol for your Foundation programme and will pay only the difference between the Foundation and VTCT course fees, allowing you to progress to the internationally recognised qualification when ready, only if you feel you need to.

4 Days of Practical Training & 1 Online Course covering:

  • Manicure and Pedicure
  • Luxury Manicure and Pedicure
  • Acrylic Nail Extensions
  • UV Gel Nail Extensions
  • Sculpting with Acrylic
  • E-Filing
  • Freehand Nail Art (studied Online)

Alongside your practical training days, you’ll also have access to our Online Student Portal where you will have exclusive access to online e-learning resources to extend and recap on your practical training including step by step treatment videos and e-manuals.

The Foundation to Level 3 in Nail Technology is the ideal training option for anyone looking to offer advanced nail treatments on a freelance basis, who is unsure if the wish to make the commitment to a full VTCT programme straightaway. You complete 4 days of practical training plus study Nail Art online, learning a wide range of nail treatments (the same training that would otherwise go towards the corresponding VTCT programme). For this you will achieve ABT accredited diplomas which will allow you to gain insurance to begin working freelance as a beauty therapist from home or mobile.

You’ll also have exclusive access to our online student portal where you will be able to view step by step training videos covering treatment skills and read e-manuals at your leisure to recap your practical training and support you in fully developing your confidence in delivering your treatments, beyond your training days ready to start your new career in beauty.

Should you later decide you require the full VTCT qualification, you can upgrade from the Foundation programme to VTCT within 12 months paying only an upgrade fee (calculated as the difference from Foundation to VTCT fees). Learn the skills, begin working within beauty and then decide whether you need the VTCT award to extend your career options or not. If you only intend to work freelance from home or mobile, the Foundation programme will allow you to do this but with flexible options for the future.

Completion of the VTCT qualification programme enables you to access higher level training like teaching qualifications. It also allows you to gain employment in a salon/spa, internationally or indeed to open your own salon premises (to meet local authority licensing requirements). If you choose to upgrade to VTCT, you would then have access to the coursework and assessments to achieve your VTCT award.

Our friendly, expert Advisors are on hand to answer any questions & assist you in booking your place over the telephone*. Call on Freephone 0800 999 2277

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Our Deko Finance option is available on all courses, diploma course packages and VTCT qualifications over £299. You have three options – to make repayments either over 12, 24, or 36 months at only 19.9%, all with just a 20% deposit.

A very important point regarding finance options: Many of our students are fairly young and may not have taken out finance before; perhaps they are living with mum/dad or boyfriend/partner and have not had their own name on an electoral roll for at least 3 years. Now, although it may seem a bit harsh it is very true that all finance companies will view your application very critically if any of the above is true. A way around this is to increase your deposit to say 40% but this needs to be done at the outset and not after you have been rejected.

If you feel that any of the above does apply to you then please just have a word with one of our Course Advisors before making an application.

The Deko finance option allows you book and attend your chosen courses with us while making affordable, monthly repayments to spread the cost. You don’t need to wait to book training sessions, you can complete all training as you wish, selecting from our available scheduled dates without delay. This is a great payment choice for those who desire the flexibility to manage studying around work commitments / childcare or even wish to complete their award as soon as possible; but who need the option to spread the cost into more affordable payments, over a longer term.

You can increase your deposit to reduce your payments and you can pay off early if you wish. No hidden fees or charges. The scheme is subject to the usual credit checks etc.

The Foundation to Level 3 in Nail Technology enables you to complete fast track, ABT accredited training to gain knowledge of an advanced range of nail treatments including manicures, pedicures, acrylic nail extensions, UV Gel nail extensions, Sculpting & E-Filing and Nail Art treatments. This will give you an excellent basis to start your new career in nails, working freelance from home or mobile. You will have full support from our expert in-house team throughout your studies and also exclusive access to our online student portal when you can access e-learning resources including step by step videos covering the beauty treatment skills and e-manuals to help recap on your practical training as you develop your confidence in delivering your treatments to paying clients.

There is no coursework and no exams involved in completing the Foundation programme and you’ll achieve your ABT accredited diplomas ready to gain insurance and begin working freelance in beauty upon completion of each training day. It’s a great fast track way of getting your new career in beauty started while keeping your options open for the future.

If once you’re established in beauty, you find new opportunities that require you to have a VTCT qualification such as wishing to gain employment in a salon/spa, work internationally, open your own salon premises, attend higher level training like teaching qualifications; you can simply upgrade to the full VTCT award within 12 months. You will pay only the upgrade fee (difference from Foundation to VTCT fees). Dip your toe into nail services with the practical training, while keeping your options open for the future with the potential to move on to VTCT when you’re ready, if you feel you need to.

Our Foundation courses are suitable for complete beginners and do not require any prior learning to be able to train with us; many of our students are not yet beauty trained and are looking to start up a business in the industry. We welcome students of all abilities, whether you are looking to learn a new skill from scratch or currently working as a therapist and looking to refresh your knowledge of particular treatments.

You will be required to give and receive treatments as part of the training days. All products and tools are provided for the training days at the centre when you attend. No kit is required to complete the training days, nor included in the course fee. On the training days, you only need to bring a hand towel for your personal use, completed enrolment form and cold food for your lunch (e.g. sandwich/salad).

We are so proud at The Beauty Academy to work with such a professional, passionate and friendly team of tutors, all of which hold a Level 2 and Level 3 qualification in their specialised sector. Our tutors are also all qualified with either Level 4 PTTLS or equivalent teaching awards in education, with years of experience in beauty-related professional industries. Furthermore, our tutors who are involved in the assessment process all hold an Assessors Award.

We pride ourselves on the welcoming nature of our tutors and their ability to engage, educate and enrich students from all ages and backgrounds. All of our tutors are dedicated to maintaining their knowledge and keeping up to date with the latest treatments and techniques in the ever-changing industry.

If you would like to read more about our fantastic tutors individually, please have a look at our Meet the Tutors page.

When you have successfully completed your training days, you will receive a diploma certificate issued by The Beauty Academy and accredited by ABT. This not only demonstrates your commitment to the training, but also allows you to obtain Public Liability Insurance so you can start offering treatments to paying clients from home and/or mobile.

There is no additional work required to achieve the ABT accredited diplomas, these are issued after successfully completing the practical training days. You will have access to our in-house support team throughout your studies and also exclusive access to our online student portal where you can access online e-learning resources including step by step videos of the treatment skills and e-manuals to recap your learning after training, while building up your confidence delivering your treatments as you begin working with paying clients on a freelance basis.

If you decide to upgrade to the VTCT qualification within 12 months of your Foundation course, you will be required to complete coursework (theory and practical) from home and then attend for written and practical assessment. Most students will find the ABT accredited diplomas enable them to start their freelance beauty careers, starting their own businesses offering treatments from home or mobile. If you wish to progress further, the VTCT may allow you to take your career further.

All courses completed with The Beauty Academy are accredited by ABT allowing you receive a 10% discount off your policy with ABT Insurance when you quote ACADEMY99

The Beauty Academy also offer a discounted insurance scheme with Balens; a Specialist Insurance Brokers aimed at Health and Well-Being Professionals, offering both Therapist and Student Therapist insurance for those who train with us. To learn more about the Balens insurance scheme, please click here.

All of our diploma courses enable you to work from both home and mobile offering the specialised treatment(s) that you have completed. You can start earning by offering treatments to paying clients as soon as you have obtained your insurance.

Choosing to progress onto a VTCT qualification (by upgrading within 12 months) will allow you to gain employment in a salon/spa, work internationally, open your own salon premises or access higher level training like advanced aesthetics or teaching qualifications to take your beauty career to the next level, beyond freelance beauty, should you wish.

We offer high-quality accredited training with experienced tutors, professional equipment and a great atmosphere to train in. Our training centres are well-equipped, within easy reach of public transport and regularly inspected by our accrediting bodies (ABT, IPHM & VTCT) to ensure we are giving you the best service for your money. We pride ourselves on working with only qualified and experienced tutors who are friendly, welcoming and happy to go the extra mile to deliver the very best student experience possible. 

All courses are run as small groups which allows plenty of opportunity to ask questions or seek further support if required. Our training centres are permanent and exclusive to us and they are always set-up ready to begin your training. All centres have the very latest equipment and products required to adhere to industry standards. We also have an on-going Support Team available to answer any query you may have regarding your training with us, contactable on either email or telephone.

Following completion of your Foundation to Level 3 in Nail Technology, you may wish to upgrade to the VTCT in Level 3 Diploma in Nail Technology (500/8966/3). This can be arranged by paying simply the upgrade fee within 12 months of your Foundation course. Find more details here about upgrading to VTCT Level 3 Diploma in Nail Technology by calling us on Freephone 0800 999 2277. 

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Course Duration
Fast Track 10am to 4pm

Manicure & Pedicure inc Luxury Treatments Training Course


Acrylic Nail Extensions Training Course


UV Gel Nail Extension Training Course


Sculpting & E-Filing Training Course


Online Nail Art Course



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