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Acrylic Nails NQ

(SCQF level 6)

Hair & Beauty, Faculty of Leisure and Lifestyle

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Mode of Study


Start Date

6th Dec 2017, 12 weeks

6th Dec 2017, 12 weeks

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City Campus


£ 145


This course provides the opportunity to learn how to perfect the skill of applying Acrylic Nail Extensions and gain a professional qualification. You will learn correct nail preparation to ensure your client’s nails last, how to use forms to sculpt on a range of nail types allowing you to be able to offer this treatment to any of your clients regardless of the length of their natural nails. You will also learn how to maintain and safely remove your client’s nails ensuring you repeat business.

Alongside the practical element of this course you will have the theory knowledge behind you to ensure you are completely confident in your abilities by the end of this 12-week course.

Entry requirements

Minimum entry requirements

  • A qualification in manicure (at minimum SCQF Level 5, or equivalent).

Additional selection requirements

If English is not your first language you will need to provide evidence that you have achieved ESOL Intermediate Level 2 (or equivalent).

What you study

You will learn practical aspects of this unit, which will be backed up by theory.  You will be taught the following in class, and will be expected to study/practice at home:

  • The structure of the nail.
  • Nail conditions.
  • Contra-indications (factors preventing treatment).

Alongside this you will learn how to safely and effectively:

  • Apply acrylic nail extensions (tip & overlay and form/sculpt method are taught – please note that the form/sculpt method is assessed).
  • Maintain acrylic nail extensions using infill and rebalancing techniques.
  • Remove acrylic nail extensions without harm to the natural nails.

NB All students must appreciate that the techniques taught on the course require considerable practice, both during class and in your own time, to reach assessment standard.

After the course


There are opportunities for employment in the nail industry, and for self-employment. Students who successfully complete this course may go on to NQ Gel Nails.

Continuing Study

You can go on to study other areas of beauty, including gel nail extensions.


How the course is taught

Various learning and teaching methods are used, including lecturer presentations and demonstrations, practical application, group work and research activities.

NB Students will be expected to carry out practical work on each other.

Assessment methods

You will complete written and practical assessments:

  • The written aspect will be in the form of a closed book assessment and 3 completed record cards.
  • The practical aspect will be a full set application of acrylic nail extensions, a full set of infills and a full set removal  - Please note that you are required to bring a model for all 3 practical assessments.
  • Practical procedures must be carried out within viable commercial timescales.

 Students are advised to at least equal their class time with self-study and practice at home.

Additional Information


Students are asked to provide an acrylic brush, (advice will be given at the first class about which to purchase). All other materials will be provided, but students will be offered the opportunity to purchase a College-recommended kit directly from the supplier.

NB Your own nails must be acrylic/gel/gel polish free to allow other class members to work on you.

There will not be time in class to remove the acrylic nails you will have on through practice. It is recommended that you purchase Acetone to be used at home if you wish to remove the practice nails.

Dress code

Students should wear a therapy uniform when carrying out treatments; a professional tunic and trousers are recommended.

Alternative Dates and Times

Days(s) Time Dates Duration Duration Course
Wednesday 18:00 - 21:00 14th Mar 2018 - 13th Jun 2018 12 weeks 12 weeks View »
Thursday 18:00 - 21:00 15th Mar 2018 - 14th Jun 2018 12 weeks 12 weeks View »