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Hair courses are based at the SENSI Salon


Derby College hairdressing and barbering courses are a cut above, giving you the skills for a career in this exciting and rewarding industry.


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There are over 36,000 hairdressing and barbering salons in the UK, employing over 200,000 staff, and with a combined turnover of more than £4.2 billion.

Derbyshire has a strong hair and barbering tradition, with thriving independent salons operating alongside national chains and health spas.

Wherever you work, you will enjoy a great deal of job satisfaction just from making clients feel better about themselves. Research has shown that hairdressing is among the happiest professions of them all.


Hair careers


Career opportunities in the hair industry do not start and end at the salon door. With the right qualifications, you could travel the world with a hair career.

The UK hairdressing industry is regarded as the best in the world. This means there is the chance to broaden your horizons and take your talents abroad. The most successful stylists work with top models on international magazine and photo shoots or help the rich and famous look fabulous.

Closer to home, career paths include opening your own salon, working as a stylist in a salon, becoming self-employed and visiting clients in their own homes.

Alternatively you could find yourself working at a spa, health farm or holiday resort, on a cruise liner or with an airline, in a hospital or care home, or even in the realm of theatre, film and TV.


Hair courses

Inside the Sensi Salon at Derby College

Derby Colleges offers hairdressing and barbering qualifications at a range of levels. Whatever you choose, you will spend a significant part of your studies gaining high-level practical experience in our professional salons.

Reflecting the levels of professionalism and customer care demanded in the industry, you will work with paying clients, achieve commercial targets and learn more about the business. Our aim is to ensure you leave the College qualified to industry standards and ready to make a real contribution from day one in a job.

Hair courses cover everything from on-trend styling techniques to the latest hair treatments, from classy colours to client consultations. Whether it involves African Caribbean styles, wedding hair or even avant-garde designs for fashion shows or theatre, our courses will help you perfect your skills.

Most of our students go straight into jobs in the industry, and many apprentices advance their careers with the business where they completed their initial training.

A Derby College hair qualification could enable you to take your education to the next level too. Universities are increasingly offering degrees in related fields such as salon management.  

You could also choose a Hair Apprenticeship


Hair at Derby College


All Derby College hair and barbering students are based at our commercial SENSI salons at The Roundhouse and Ilkeston campuses.

To establish our first-rate salon facilities, we have joined forces with the Francesco Group, the fourth largest hairdressing company in the UK. We have also been awarded the Wella Professionals Centre of Excellence title in recognition of our continued high standards in hairdressing education.

Throughout your time on a barbering or hair course at Derby College, you will be taught by staff with substantial industry experience. Most of our staff have run salons themselves and are ideally placed to train the next generation of hairdressers and barbers.


Natalie Thomas working in SENSII worked at salons in Manchester and Derby concentrating on Afro styles before going mobile and then decided this year to come back to College to gain my advanced qualifications."

Natalie Thomas, Hair Apprentice at SENSI

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