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Level 2 Certificate for Dog Grooming Assistants

Course Level: 

Level 2

Job opportunities after this course: 

Students who complete this course are likely to pursue a career as a dog grooming assistant, dependent on skills and experience.

Overview of the course: 

This qualification is designed for learners in the early stages of their dog grooming careers to build confidence, knowledge and understanding of the dog grooming industry, and develop the skills needed to work under supervision in a dog grooming salon.

Learners will gain an understanding and experience of the requirements of working in a busy dog grooming salon from performing reception duties and preparing animals for grooming to performing basic grooming of the dogs coat.

Entry requirements: 

Ideally learners will have gained a relevant Foundation Certificate in Dog Grooming or equivalent to gain entry onto the Level 2 course.

Other industry experience and skills may be considered for entry onto the course however this is at the discretion of the course manager and will be dependent on a competency assessment.

There are some aspects of the Houghall site which are not fully accessible and would cause an issue for those with limited mobility or wheelchair users; due to the nature of the site, adjustments may not always be reasonable at this stage. The College is committed to further investment and improvements of the site, as we work towards ensuring the campus is as accessible as possible. If you have limited mobility or are a wheelchair user and wish to undertake a course at the Houghall Campus, please contact Student Services on 0191 375 4710 in the first instance to discuss your needs and options.


The qualification includes mandatory and optional units which include but are not limited to:

• Prepare and groom dogs prior to bathing
• Bathe and clean dogs
• Carry out reception duties
• Control and restrain animals
• Welcome, receive and care for visitors
• Basic trimming of a dog’s coat

How is the course assessed?: 

You will be assessed throughout the course through a combination of theory and practical assessments, with a written exam at the end of the course.

Further study options after this course: 

Potential progression onto a Level 3 qualification in dog grooming on completion of this course, or similar subjects.

Ideally learners wishing to progress internally onto the Level 3 Certificate at East Durham College will have gained a Merit overall in the Level 2 qualification.

Length of the course: 

The course is offered on a part time basis over the course of 17 weeks.

Delivery will include both in class theory and practical sessions in Houghall's Dog Grooming Studio.


Houghall Campus, Durham

When does the course start: 

Courses for 2020/21 are due to begin in September 2020 and March 2021 – Exact start dates TBC.

More important information about this course:


Free if you are under the age of 19 on the 31st August 2020

Free if you are aged 19-23 on 31st August 2020 and do not already have a full Level 2 qualification – contact us to check your qualifications

Free if you are unemployed and in receipt of eligible benefits – contact us to check if you are eligible

Free if you are employed and your income is less than £16,009.50

If you do not meet the above criteria and need to pay fees they are:


Flexible payment options are available, please speak to Student Services.

*you must have been a legal resident of the UK/EU for the last 3 years

The cost for this course is £724*.

*If you are age 19 or over and are unemployed, or are employed and learning less than £16,009.50 a year at the start of the course and you do not already hold a full level 2 qualification, you will not need to pay any course or examination fees and can take the course for free.

City & Guilds Group Bursaries
C&G run their own bursary programme to help people who are financially unable to complete one of their qualifications. They award bursaries twice a year for people who wish to study for a City & Guilds qualification, but lack the funds. Their bursaries are grants that cover costs arising as a result of taking one of their qualifications which can include course and/or exam fees, learning materials, travel and childcare. For more detail on the criteria and how to apply, please visit

*We make every effort to publish correct fees, however all fees are subject to change. Fees are correct as at the current time (19 Jan 2021 05:09) and are subject to change up to the date of enrolment. Fees quoted are payable annually

What our students say: 

We regularly work with QDP, the UK’s largest independent provider of questionnaire based feedback services to the education sector, so that any results can be benchmarked against other colleges and the voices of over 600,000 learners QDP gathers feedback from over the course of an academic year.
Our feedback scores consistently place us in the top quartile of colleges in the country, indicating that we not only meet but often exceed student expectations. Results from previous and current student surveys can be seen below.
98% stated it was easy to apply for the course
96% said the teaching on my course is good
99% felt that their teacher knows their subject well
95% told us they felt they had developed the skills they needed to get a job/take their next step
95% agreed the teachers consistently challenge them to do their best
97% said teacher feedback told them what was going well and where to improve

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How to apply: 

To apply online for this course, please click on the 'Apply for this course' button below.

Alternatively, if you need assistance with your application or you would like to apply over the phone or using a paper-based application form, please call Student Services on 0191 518 8222.

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