Diploma in Nail Services NVQ Level 2


Level 2 Nail Services

City and Guilds


For any student wishing to be a Nail Technician in a salon or spa, or work on cruise ships or abroad, an NVQ Level 2 in Nail Services is the ideal qualification for you.



As a nail technician your job description will be extensive. You will need to be able to apply and decorate false nails and nail extensions, whilst consulting on the general health and well being of the client’s hands and feet. You will need to know the necessary procedures to carry out a manicure or pedicure for the client and you may even want to use basic massage techniques to relax the client’s hands and feet.



Your course is delivered within practical and theory elements ensuring you develop strong underpinning knowledge, skill and ability which will prepare you for the industry. We expect commitment and motivation from you and in return we will provide you with a stimulating environment, learning from the highly qualified tutors who work hard to assist and support you. A key aspect of your training is to gain strong commercial experience, we provide you with an exclusive opportunity to work in our state of the art salon and build your client base whilst receiving support and guidance from your tutor.


There is also an opportunity to link in previous qualifications recognised with prior learning achievements.


Course content section



Continuing into this exciting and creative world, this course is designed to give you the skill and knowledge of a professional nail technician. The course is broken down into mandatory units which will make up the core aspects of your qualification. The following units will be covered:

  • G20-Ensure responsibility for actions to reduce risks to health and safety
  • G18-Promote additional services or products to clients
  • G8-Devlop and maintain your effectiveness at work
  •  G4 Fulfil salon reception duties
  • N2-Provide manicure services
  • N3- Provide pedicure services
  • N4-Carry out nail art services
  • N5-Apply and maintain nail enhancements to create a natural finish


Entry Requirements



This course is designed for adult learners who have an active interest in nails or becoming a nail technician.





Learners will be assessed against the Awarding Body criteria; this will include a variety of assessment methods such as online testing and oral questioning which will demonstrate your underpinning knowledge. Practical assessments will be performed on clients within commercial salon; this will require you to meet minimum standards and commercial acceptable timings set by the Awarding Body. Homework such as written assignments and research activities will also be set to enhance your development and learning.


Future Opportunities.


Upon successful completion you will be encouraged to progress onto NVQ Level 3 Nail services or Level 2 Beauty Therapy.  You may progress into employment as a nail technician or a Level 3 apprenticeship within a salon.


Further Information



Recognising your success within Picassos we hold a Student of the Year Awards ceremony where we celebrate each and every one of our learners’ achievements and outstanding performances. This is a wonderful celebration to be shared with your family and friends.

Picassos offers many learner enrichments opportunities within the Hair, Beauty, Nails and Barbering industry. Some of these opportunities include the Picassos Yearly Fashion Show which enables unit observations, developing your creative flair and building your portfolio of skills for future employment. Picassos also participate in Match Fit competitions leading on to World Skills Competition.  Ensuring Picassos is at the cutting edge meeting industry demands we have built strong employment links with various leading companies such as Steiner, Dermalogica, Wella, Shared Beauty Secrets and Airbase to name but a few. Regular demonstrations, recruiting days and additional training are provided in-house for you by these amazing companies.

Recognising the importance of supporting charities Picassos is delighted to run a wide variety of fundraising events throughout the year. In the past these charities have included Children in Need, Bliss for Babies, Wakefield Hospice to name but a few.

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