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Whilst in secondary school, I changed my mind many a time regarding the career path I wanted to pursue! I always knew that I wanted to work with people but was unsure about the profession which would most suit my interests and skills in this regard.

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Nail & Beauty Care (Nail Technician)

Course Code(s):  5M3114 CI061NT
QQI Award Code:  5M3114 General Studies
Award:  National Framework of Qualifications level
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Course overview

Course Code 5M3114 CI061NT
QQI Award Code 5M3114 General Studies
Award National Framework of Qualifications level

Course Description

This course is designed for students who are interested in the area of nail extensions. it will provide students with the skills, knowledge and qualifications required to work as a Nail Technician. It will also equip students to efficiently carry out tanning and nail art treatments. Students will study and practice manicure treatments, pedicure treatments, nail extension systems (gel, acrylic, fiberglass, overlays), nail art, anatomy and physiology and product knowledge/cosmetic science. Work experience is an integral part of the nail technician course.

What will you Study?

This course is designed for students who are interested in the area of nail extensions. It will provide students with the skills, knowledge and qualifications required to work as a Nail Technician. Further, it will also equip students to efficiently carry out tanning and nail art treatments.
Students will study and practice manicure treatments, pedicure treatments, nail extension systems (gel, acrylic, fiberglass, overlays), nail art, anatomy and physiology and product knowledge/cosmetic science. Work experience is an integral part of the nail technician course.

Manicure, Pedicure and Waxing 5N3467
Teamworking 5N1367
Beauty Industry Ethics and Practice 5N3470
Nail Technician ITEC
Research and Study Skills 5N3113
Skin Care, Eye Treatments and Make-up 5N3466
Spreadsheet Methods 5N1977
Work Experience 5N1356
Important Colleges may add/remove modules to keep the course updated and to meet demands. Almost all PLC courses have a Work Experience module, which requires students to find their own placement in an area directly related to their course.

Progression to CAO Courses

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Old FETAC Code New QQI Code
ELAXX 5M3114

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Sample Careers

If you are interested in this course, then some of these occupations may be of interest. These suggestions are related by Career Sector and Career Interests, and may be worth exploring.
Dressmaker   Make-Up Artist - TV/Film  
Beauty Consultant   Fashion Technologist  
Designer / Maker - Craft   Fashion Stylist  
Beauty Therapist   Footwear Designer  
Hairdresser   Funeral Director  
Personal Trainer   Tailor  
Wigmaker   Massage Therapist  
Hair & Scalp Specialist   Photographer - Fashion, Press & Sport  

Related Career Sectors

This course prepares people for careers typically found in the sectors below. You can explore information relating to these sectors by clicking on the titles below.
Fashion & Beauty
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National Statistics for this Award (All Ireland)

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