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Do a Level 5 FETAC health related course. The skills and qualities that are needed to do this type of work are a real sense of caring for other people, communication skills, listening skills, be able to take and give constructive criticism without causing or taking offence, patience a willing to give your best effort to your work.
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Nail & Beauty Care (Nail Technician)

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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

Higher Education Links Scheme (HELS)

This course leads to a QQI Major Award, and provides progression opportunities to a number of Higher Education courses, including those in the CAO.

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Old FETAC Code New QQI Code
ELAXX 5M3114

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