Dog Grooming

Dog Grooming is a highly popular career choice. With dog popularity always on the rise and plenty of opportunities for work, training as a dog groomer with a dog grooming course at East Durham College can help you to start your own business or work as a professional dog groomer in a grooming parlour.

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Taking place at East Durham College's Houghall Campus, based in the heart of Durham, this course focuses on the principles and practises of modern dog grooming techniques, helping students to build a potential career in the dog grooming industry.

Our dog grooming courses are designed to cater entirely for beginners who might want to care for their own dog, or for students who may wish to train as a fully qualified professional dog groomer.

All students must start by completing a Foundation Course in Dog Grooming (College Certificate).The Foundation Course starts by introducing students to dog grooming equipment, health and safety, preparation for grooming and bathing and hygiene trims.

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East Durham College Dog Grooming Facilities

The Houghall Campus recently underwent a stunning, £12.75 million redevelopment and now includes a state-of-the-art dog grooming studio which is housed inside the Small Animal Care Centre.

This new studio is equipped with all of the facilities and equipment students need when dog grooming and is designed to replicate a professional dog grooming studio.

Course Enquiries

For more details, or to book a place over the phone, please call call the Short Courses team on 0191 375 4785.

Please note: All dog grooming students are required to bring their own dog models to practice on, the college does not supply them.

Houghall Dog Grooming Studio & Prices

East Durham College's Houghall Campus, in Durham, runs a professional dog grooming service which is open to the public.

For more details, or to book your dog in for a pamper, please call us directly for details on our dog bathing, grooming and trimming services. Please note: All dogs must be fully vaccinated.

You can view more information about our Dog Grooming Services by clicking on this link >>

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To see full details on each of our dog grooming courses, run at the Houghall Campus in Durham, please click on any of the courses listed below.

Course Funding

Please note that the foundation dog grooming course (introductory level) is classed as a full-cost course, and requires payment.

If you wish to take the Level 2 course, you may be eligible for funding, provided you meet the following criteria:

  • Where a learner is aged between 19 – 23 and does not already have a Full Level 2 qualification they would be fully funded.
  • Where a learner is unemployed, aged 24+ and does not have a Full Level 2 qualification they would also be fully funded. 
  • Where a learner is employed, and earning under £17.004.50, aged 24+ and does not have a Full Level 2 Qualification they would also be fully funded.
  • Where a learner is employed, and earning over £17,004.50, aged 24+ and does not have a Full Level 2 Qualification they would not be funded under Level 2 Entitlement.

For a full list of our available dog grooming courses, please see below

Available part time course(s) for 2020/2021 are listed below:

The course(s) listed below are available to apply for to be studied during the 2020/2021 academic year. For the course start date, please check within the individual course page itself.

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