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Level 3 Diploma in Dog Grooming

Course Level: 

Level 3

Job opportunities after this course: 

Grooming Assistant
Professional Dog Groomer
Self Employed Professional Dog Groomer - dependent on experience
Stylist - Dependent on experience

Overview of the course: 

This qualification is designed to provide students with an understanding of the requirements of grooming different dog breeds and types of coat, and the necessary skills to perform dog grooming and salon management activities.

Learners will be trained to use a variety of grooming equipment and increase their own knowledge of grooming styles. Additionally learners will gain an understanding of canine first aid and the health and wellbeing of different dog breeds, and have the opportunity to gain competence in the workplace communicating with clients, which is an essential skill for the industry.

Entry requirements: 

Ideally learners will have gained a relevant Level 2 Qualification in Dog Grooming to gain entry onto the Level 3 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.


Mandatory topics for this qualification include

• Assess, Plan and Record Dog Grooming Work
• Canine First Aid
• Carry Out Basic Cut and Tidy on Dog’s Coats
• Health Checking a Dog by a Dog Groomer
• Promote and Maintain the Health and Well-Being of Animals
• Welcome, Receive and Care for Customers

How is the course assessed?: 

The course will be assessed by a portfolio of work incorporating both theory and practical work.

Further study options after this course: 

Potential progression onto a relevant Level 4 qualification in Dog Grooming, or similar subjects.

Length of the course: 

The course is offered on a part time basis over the course of the academic year.

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


Houghall Campus, Durham

When does the course start: 

The next course for 2020/21 is due to start in January 2021 - Exact start date TBC.

More important information about this course:


The course fees for the OCNWM Level 3 Certificate in Dog Grooming are £3,200, with a £500 non-refundable deposit payable on or before enrolment.

The remaining course fees of £2,700 are payable in full; payment plans can be arranged.

*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. Previous results from current and past 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: 

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