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Beauty Courses at DCG

Give your future a stunning make-over at Derby College. We’ll provide the ideal foundation for a fulfilling career in helping people look and feel their best.

Perfecting your career ambitions

We’ll develop your expertise in a wide range of face and body treatments, from skin care, make-up and nail technology to massage and stone therapy. You’ll be equipped for exciting career opportunities in salons, spas, hotels and cruise ships as well as the fashion, theatre and film industries.

Derby College is renowned for high-quality learning pathways, whether for those just embarking on their careers, for apprentices training in salons or for qualified beauty therapists keen to broaden their portfolio of treatments.

Is this you?

  • Good practical skills
  • Creativity
  • An awareness of fashion
  • A willingness to learn new techniques and methods
  • Customer service and people skills
  • The ability to make people feel relaxed
  • An understanding and tactful approach
  • Listening and communication skills
  • An interest in business and the ability to sell products
  • An awareness of health and safety issues

Getting into Beauty

  • Full time at College There is a wide range of full-time Hair and Beauty courses offered at Derby College, with different starting points depending on your GCSE results.
  • Apprenticeships These are available through Derby College for roles in hairdressing, barbering and beauty therapy. For some apprenticeships, you might need GCSEs or Functional Skills in English and Maths.
  • Higher education You could develop your career by completing higher qualifications, such as a foundation degree, HNC, HND or degree. These normally incorporate further specialist skills with training in salon management. There are also courses which combine hairdressing with fashion and makeup, aimed at those wishing to work in theatre, film and TV.
  • Jobs You can start work as a trainee hairdresser in a salon and learn on the job. To become a qualified beauty therapist, you would normally need to complete an advanced Beauty Therapy qualification. However, you can start working in a salon or spa as an assistant and study for qualifications on the job. As well as roles in high street salons, there are opportunities for skilled professionals to work in areas that include cruise ships, military bases, film and television sets, fashion shows, spas, health farms and holiday resorts.

Why choose Derby College?

  • You’ll gain hands-on experience of beauty therapy in our SENSI training and commercial salons – high street standard facilities open to the public.
  • Every day is different on our courses: you could devise stunning looks for special effects in film and TV, create eye-catching nail art or learn about the latest skin care advances.
  • There are opportunities to take part in high-profile competitions or head overseas on work experience.
  • You’ll benefit from our strong professional links: our staff boast wide-ranging industry experience as well as impressive contacts.
  • We offer real choice: you can study at either our Roundhouse or Ilkeston Campus and some of our part-time courses include both day-time and evening study options.

Beauty is a glamorous but demanding sector. At Derby College you’ll finesse your practical techniques while gaining the broader qualities – creativity, communication, understanding, diplomacy and business acumen – which make a good beauty therapist.

good evening everyone welcome to DCG

information evening I’m here to talk to

you tonight about our beauty courses

here in the Roundhouse first let me give

you a bit of background knowledge about

the college to put everything into

perspective for you so we’re made up of

four campuses including the Roundhouse

where your studies will be the Joseph

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all together these make up Derby College

Group aka DCG we have a multitude of

support areas available to every student

at DCG from the moment we meet you right

up until you complete your study program

and they’re deciding on your next steps

whether you still need to gain your

maths and English GCC’s or if you’re

looking for top quality work experience

to help gain valuable industry knowledge

we will offer you a tailored support to

suit your individual needs as you will

see DCG has invested in first-class

industry standard equipment we will do

everything we can to help and support

you during your time here this has been

recognized by Ofsted who have graded us

as a good provider which is the second

highest rating available to schools and

colleges another fantastic asset we have

at DCG is our innovative employer

academies they help our students gain

valuable work experience create industry

contacts and really bring to life the

college learning experience we work with

a variety of hair and beauty employees

Sully Montague Robert Ashley hair angels

and ragdale hall our students are at the

heart of everything we do our inclusion

support service

DCG is here to help you maximize your

potential and reach your learning goals

whatever learning difficulty or

disability you may have

we offer tailor-made support to match

your individual needs we work in

partnership with teaching staff other

internal services and external

organisations to provide a

person-centered approach we have teamed

up with career coach which is designed

to help you find a good career by

providing the most current local data on

wages in

moment job postings and associated

education and training here is an

example of the data relevance the beauty

related occupations you can do your own

research on the role that is relevant to

your goals directly from the careers

coach link on our website head over to

the careers and courses section of our

website and select careers coach from

here you can easily browse and search

for the available courses that DCG that

lead to the career you want you can see

projected employment count for beauty

related industries in the dct region

this is predicted to keep rising each

year from now through to 2028 and here

refuse the top posted job titles over

the past year for this industry so here

is a breakdown of each of our beauty

courses at DCG our beauty courses cover

a wide range of unit which will enable

you to progress into the world of work

our website call sheets have more detail

about each unit covered you will learn

to take one theory session a week and

many practical sessions in our training

and commercial salons with our

experienced staff the mission of the

dhobi college group is to predict and

serve the needs of our business and

civic communities we are committed to

working in partnership with employers to

co-create talent for the success of the

region generate new jobs increase social

mobility and bolster economic prosperity

we are therefore always working hard on

securing the best most relevant employee

partnerships to help support our

students here is an example of a few of

our hair and beauty employer partners

Sallie Montague Robert Ashley hair

angels and ragdale hall timetables will

be given out within the hair and beauty

department you will have Theory written

work and tests to complete alongside

many sessions within our salons ready to

prepare you fully for industry if there

is a requirement for maths and English

you will also be timetabled for that

alongside tutorial sessions work

experience is also a valuable part of

the program and will be timetabled in

for you they’ll be requirement for every


purchased the uniform and equipment

bursaries are available in some cases

derby college has a significant impact

on many individuals businesses and the

wider community we are committed to

producing a talent pool equipped with

the right skills and attributes to meet

the needs of the employer we are proud

to contribute to economic growth and

social prosperity by guiding people on

two learning pathways that lead to

positive destinations we encourage

progress and aspirational outcomes many

of our students have gone on to achieve

great things since leaving the college

and here are a few examples of the many

aspirational stories we have to share

with you please feel free to have a look

at our course sheets which will give you

more specific information on each

individual course or head back to the

virtual events homepage we have a

detailed step-by-step guide on how to

apply which you can access either from

our website or in our perspectives here

is a summarized breakdown of the steps

you can expect to take during the

application process with DCG you may

wish to contact student services for

advice and guidance on courses

Beauty – Course Listings

Course Type: Adult and Community
Location: The Roundhouse
Start Date: 09/09/2024

Course Type: School Leaver - Vocational/Technical
Location: The Roundhouse

Course Type: School Leaver - Vocational/Technical
Location: The Roundhouse

Course Type: School Leaver - Vocational/Technical
Location: The Roundhouse

Course Type: School Leaver - Vocational/Technical
Location: The Roundhouse

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Key Information

At Derby College we believe the best tutors are usually those who have real world experience of working in the field they’re teaching. So, in most cases, you’ll be taught by someone who has worked in the industry that you wish to enter. As well as being able to share their knowledge and experiences with you, they have crucial industry connections, which is a huge benefit when it comes to helping you to secure a work placement in your chosen field.

As part of your studies at Derby College we offer a full range of assistance to ensure you have a great learning experience.

Discover our campuses and facilities here. Each campus page contains:

  • 360-degree images of our facilities
  • A location map
  • A list of courses that are run at the campus
  • Student Success Stories
To find out more about our Beauty courses, attend our next course and career events or contact us on 0800 028 0289
Press the Apply Now button, that can be found at the top and bottom of every course information page and follow the instructions for the InTouch applications portal. If you are unable to apply online, contact Student Services who will help you complete your application form and will be able to help and guide you to make a decision on the course of study to meet your needs and ambitions.

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Beauty – Success Stories

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