Manicure & Pedicure

Learn the skills needed to give perfect hand and nail treatments.


Why take this course?

Manicure and pedicure treatments are much more than polished nails! This type of beauty therapy is a great means of relaxation, and can help increase your confidence and self-esteem. Learning about these treatments is a great way to enhance your own personal beauty regime. Throughout the course you will develop a good understanding of the techniques and approaches needed to provide effective and healthy hand and foot care.

Please note that this course is for interest only and does not sufficiently qualify learners for professional practice in beauty or complementary therapies.

What you will experience

You will learn the basic anatomy and physiology of the hand and foot nails, as well as basic massage and nail polishing techniques.  On top of this, you will explore:

  • How to file finger and toe nails correctly
  • How to push back cuticles neatly and safely, using good sanitary practices
  • How to give a soothing hand and foot massage
  • How to apply polish carefully and creatively
nail varnish

Key facts

Mode of study

Entry requirements

There are no formal entry requirements for this course.

What you need to know

Anything else?

Please note, this course is not eligible for fee waiver.

Next steps


At North East Scotland College

On successful completion of this course you can progress to other short courses in beauty and complementary therapies at North East Scotland College, including:



Please note that timetabling changes can often occur after the Part-time Course Guide is published, and as a result the printed version of the guide may not hold the most up-to-date information.

We therefore advise you that all start dates and times listed on the website are at all times accurate, and should be used as your main point of reference before booking your course.

This course is currently unavailable. Please contact the Student Advice Centre for more information or register an interest.

If you take up a place on a College course, at the start of the course you will be asked to sign an enrolment form. In signing the form and/or taking up a place on a College course, you will enter into a contract with the College and be bound by the North East Scotland College Standard Terms and Conditions of Study. Copies of the Terms and Conditions are available for inspection on notice boards and at various locations throughout the College, at the College Reception, on the College website:, or can be obtained on request from the Student Funding and Admissions Manager, North East Scotland College, Aberdeen City Campus, Gallowgate, Aberdeen AB25 1BN. Please note that courses are offered subject to (a) there being sufficient numbers of enrolments and (b) the availability of resources. The College reserves its right (i) not to run courses where the number of students is considered insufficient or where resources are unavailable and (ii) in certain circumstances, to refuse admission to an individual applicant.