Beauty Courses at Derby College

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.

Maths and English

You need English and maths skills to get on in life. They will support your studies at the College, help with everyday tasks and pave the way to future career success.

If you don’t already have a grade 4 or above in GCSE English and Maths – or equivalent qualifications – you will continue studying these subjects as part of your course at Derby College.

We’ll support you all the way: working with you on the right programme of development throughout your time with us.

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When you’ve completed your course, why not broaden your horizons further still at Derby College? Additional qualifications in subjects such as Retail and Customer Service are exciting choices. Or check out our courses in Business, Enterprise and Management if you would like to set up a venture of your own.

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Rachel Dennis

Rachel dennis

All set for a career in film make-up

With her sights set on a career as a make-up and prosthetics designer in the world of film, talented Rachel Dennis has already stepped into the spotlight.

She came third in the regional finals of the World Skills competition, having spent many hours creating a prosthetic of the Jabberwocky game character. At our 2014 Peak Awards, she also received the SENSI Hairdressing, Holistic and Beauty Therapy prize – sponsored by Pompadour – for her commitment and superb practical abilities.

Rachel went on to secure a coveted university place to study Advanced Media Make-up in Grimsby, one of only three accredited courses in the UK.

I first became interested in makeup design when I watched films like Lord of the Rings so I was delighted to hear that Derby College ran a specialist course in the subject. Winning the Peak Award completed a fantastic year and having the World Skills experience will certainly be good for my future CV.

Did you Know?

  • 250,000 people are employed in the hair and beauty sector
  • Spa holidays are growing in popularity: Derbyshire is a prime destination
  • The industry has a 6.2 billion turnover
  • 500 million people visit hair and beauty salons each year
  • Polls show that hairdressers and beauty therapists are among the happiest workers in the UK

Examples of recent vacancies locally

£12,000-£19,000 per year.
Providing cuts and colour

Make-up artist
£210 for a ten-hour day in TV
Perfecting styles for anyone appearing in front of an audience or camera

Beauty therapist
£13,000-£20,000 per year.
Carrying out face and body treatments

Salon manager
Up to £37,000 per year.
Responsible for all aspects of running the business

Site Information


Courses in this area are run at our Roundhouse campus and our Ilkeston campus.

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About Ilkeston »

Useful Websites
The Hairdressing and Beauty Industry Authority offers information about careers
The Freelance Hair and Beauty Federation offers training on planning, setting up and managing a hairdressing business, as well as ongoing training and continuing personal development

Our SENSI stylists and therapists offer a range of hair, beauty and holistic treatments at competitive prices. Find Out More »


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