Make-Up, Nails, Beauty & Starting Your Own Business


This course covers everything an aspiring professional beautician needs to know, from the basics of human anatomy, to different beauty treatments, including skin and hair care, nails and make-up. You’ll also study the important areas of health and safety and professional conduct, as well as how you can use your new skills to start your own small business.



Make-Up, Nails, Beauty & Starting Your Own Business Level 3

  • Course code: BNL07
  • Delivery method: Online
  • Course duration: 12 Months
  • Entry requirements: No prior qualification needed
  • Award achieved: Certificate of Achievement by ABC
  • Awarding body: ABC

Covering everything that an aspiring professional beautician needs to know, from the basics of human anatomy, to different beauty treatments, to skin and hair care, nails and make-up. You’ll also study the important areas of health and safety and professional conduct, as well as how you can use your new skills to start your own small business, such as a mobile beautician, or salon.

In addition to receiving a Certificate of Achievement, successful completion of this course will also allow learners to take up the option of enrolling a one-day conversion course with the Professional Beauty Academy. This will involve an assessment of your practical skills, which can either be undertaken in person, or over a Skype video link. If conversion students are successful they will then be eligible for professional insurance with Salon Gold. This kind of insurance is vital for anyone wishing to work in the beauty industry. The fee for for this conversion assessment must be paid to the PBA directly, and will usually be priced at £95.

Course Content

In addition to a comprehensive set of written or online learning materials, students will also receive a variety of extra resources, including two instructional DVDs featuring demonstrations of different make-up and nail care techniques.

You will also get a nail kit, including:

  • Acrylic Powder (Clear) x1
  • Acrylic Powder (White) x1
  • Acrylic Powder (Pink) x1
  • Acrylic Liquid (120ml) x1
  • French Nail Tips (100pcs) x1
  • Purple dust Cleanser Brush x1
  • Acrylic Cleanser x1
  • Acrylic Remover x1
  • 12 Color Acrylic Powder x1
  • Acrylic Nail Brush (No. 2, No.8) x1
  • Nail Decoration Peal, Metal, Glitterr x4
  • Practice Finger x1
  • Wood Stick x10
  • Cuticle Revitalizer Oil x1
  • Nail Buffer File x1
  • Shining File x1
  • Nail File x2
  • Small Pump Dispenser x1
  • Acrylic Dampen Dish x1

AND a beauty kit, including:

  • Silver travel case with handle
  • Built in mirror
  • Four eyeshadow compacts with each containing six different shades to complement each other
  • Four different pink shades of blusher
  • Four different shades of lipstick
  • Two lip liners
  • One black eyeliner
  • One brown eyeliner
  • Travel compact with mirror
  • Soft blusher brush
  • Double sided lash and brow comb
  • One lip brush
  • One eyeshadow brush and two foam applicators


This course is split up into twelve units:

UNIT ONE: Health & Safety and Professional Conduct

This unit introduces students to the key pieces of legislation relating to the beauty industry, including important health & safety laws, and employment rules. It also lays out the professional standards expected of people working in the beauty industry.

UNIT TWO: Skin and Nails: Anatomy and Medical Conditions

In this unit, students will learn about the important principles of anatomy that underpin the effective administration nail and skin treatmentsStudents will also explore the different kinds of medical conditions that can affect the skin and nails, and how this impacts upon what decisions a beautician makes for their client.

UNIT THREE: Skin Care and Facials

Here, students will be walked through the techniques required to administer basic skin care and facial treatments, including proper cleansing and massage.

UNIT FOUR: Removing and Lightening Unwanted Hair

In this unit students will first learn about the basic anatomy of hair, and then about the different methods that can be used to remove or disguise unwanted hair. This includes waxing, bleaching and sugaring.

UNIT FIVE: Eyebrows and Lashes

This unit includes detailed instruction on some of the different ways to improve to the appearance of eyebrows and lashes, including tinting, shaping and perming. In addition, it introduces students to some of the hazards involved when working close to a client’s eyes, and gives advice about how to do so safely.

UNIT SIX: Manicure and Pedicure

Unit six covers the basics of manicure and pedicure treatments, as well as exploring other hand and foot treatments such as massage and waxing.

UNIT SEVEN: Acrylic and Gel Nails – Nail Arts & Wraps

For those learners especially interested in working with nails, this unit deals with some of the more advanced treatments that clients might request. As well as your written learning materials, you will also have the help of an instructional DVD for this section of the course.


The proper application of make-up is different for each individual. This unit seeks to prepare learners to make individual choices and recommendations for their client, based on skin tone, skin type, and any medical concerns. Students will learn about a broad range of treatments and techniques.

UNIT NINE: Starting Your Own Small Business

This unit will introduce the idea of transferring students’ passion and skill into a viable business. This will involve a rigorous self-assessment of the viability of any business idea, and help students to think about/ refine how they might want to pursue their career as a beautician

UNIT TEN: Theft and Fraud

In business it is necessary to inoculate yourself to the dangers of theft and fraud, both from outside your business and from within it. This unit will show you how.

UNIT ELEVEN: Marketing and Advertising

Perhaps the most important part of making a business that is viable and profitable is making people aware that you exist in the first place. Marketing and advertising are vital in this regard, and this unit will explore the different ways you can make your services visible to the public.

UNIT TWELVE: The Business Plan

This unit invites students to think about their business idea in the long term. Without thorough planning, any new business is likely to fail. This unit will prepare you to go into the world of business with your eyes wide open.

Qualification Information

At the end of this course successful learners will receive a Certificate of Achievement from ABC Awards and a Learner Unit Summary (which lists the details of all the units the learner has completed as part of the course).

The course has been endorsed under the ABC Awards’ Quality Licence Scheme. This means that Kendal Publishing Ltd on behalf of UK Distance Learning & Publishing has undergone an external quality check to ensure that the organisation and the courses it offers, meet certain quality criteria. The completion of this course alone does not lead to an Ofqual regulated qualification but may be used as evidence of knowledge and skills towards regulated qualifications in the future. The unit summary can be used as evidence towards Recognition of Prior Learning if you wish to progress your studies in this sector. To this end the learning outcomes of the course have been benchmarked at Level 3 against level descriptors published by Ofqual, to indicate the depth of study and level of demand/complexity involved in successful completion by the learner.

The course itself has been designed by UK Distance Learning & Publishing to meet specific learners’ and/or employers’ requirements which cannot be satisfied through current regulated qualifications. ABC Awards’ endorsement involves robust and rigorous quality audits by external auditors to ensure quality is continually met. A review of courses is carried out as part of the endorsement process.

ABC Awards is a leading national Awarding Organisation, regulated by Ofqual, and the Welsh Government[1]. It has a long-established reputation for developing and awarding high quality vocational qualifications across a wide range of industries. As a registered charity, ABC Awards combines 180 years of expertise but also implements a responsive, flexible and innovative approach to the needs of our customers.

Renowned for excellent customer service, and quality standards, ABC Awards also offers Ofqual regulated qualifications for all ages and abilities post-14; all are developed with the support of relevant stakeholders to ensure that they meet the needs and standards of employers across the UK.

[1] Regulators for exams and assessments in England and Wales.

Method of Study

The course comes to you as a paper-based pack delivered by courier.

You will be given guidance through the Study Guide on the nuts and bolts of studying and submitting assignments.

Postal assignments cannot be accepted without prior permission from the tutor.

Online Version

Our online courses are fully digitised versions of the paper-courses, so you can study on any PC or smart device when connected to the internet.

As with the paper course, your online learning programme is completely flexible, so you can study at a pace that suits you.

All of our online course content is broken down into bite size chunks to make your learning more manageable and effective.

Extra Resources

Whether you choose the online or paper-based version of this course, you will also be sent out a nail and beauty kit, and two instructional DVDs. These will be sent via courier.

Method of Assessment
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