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Dog Grooming Assistants - Level 2 - City and Guilds Certificate

Course code: EPCM111P

Subject area: Animal Care & Management

Study level: Part Time

Course level: 2

Course details

Course time:

09:00 - 17:00

Days of week:


Course date:

14th Sept 2024 - 1st Feb 2025

Course location:

Common Leys Farm

Contact details


01235 555 585

This level 2 course is an excellent introduction to the art and skills required to become a professional dog groomer.

You will work with a variety of dogs in our well-equipped dog grooming parlour, learning to correctly and safely restrain and handle dogs whilst preparing, bathing, combing and carrying out basic trimming. You will experience working with a range of coat types over the 18 week course.

In between your one day a week on campus a you will be required to enagage in private study and homework each week. You will be assessed via practical assessments, written coursework and one on-line test.

You will need to provide your own grooming tunic, and a set of basic grooming equipment.

You will be shown and be able to practice how to; prepare and groom a dog, how to safely control and restrain dogs, bathe and clean a variety of dogs, dry and prepare coats for styling and carry out basic trimming. You will work with a variety of coat types. There are practical assessments, theory tasks and an on-line test.
Course units
Modules will include:

• Preparing and grooming dogs prior to bathing

• Bathing of dogs

• Drying dogs and preparing a dog for styling

• Carrying out trimming of a dog’s coat to prepare for styling

• Moving and lifting dogs

• Maintaining the cleanliness and biosecurity of the dog grooming environment

• Professional conduct

• An introduction to anatomical features, breed characteristics and behaviour of dogs

What next?
On successful completion, you may wish to progress onto the City & Guilds Level 3 Diploma in Dog Grooming
Entry criteria
There are no formal entry requirements but you must be sufficiently fit to lift and handle large dogs and demonstrate sufficient literacy skills to complete a portfolio of evidence and sit an on-line test.
Fee information
In addition to the course fees you should expect to spend in the region of £200 on;

• A grooming tunic

• Nail clippers

• A matt splitter

• Bullnose scissors

• Straight scissors

• Thinning scissors

• A pin brush

• A soft slicker brush

• 10F & 7F clipper blades

• A metal combination comb

Please make sure you also have a pair of nonslip shoes and a A4 ring binder.

Bursaries may be available to eligible students.

As part of your course we may organise trips to assist you with your learning. Trips are optional, and you will not be penalised if you choose not to participate.

There are bursaries available to help you with other course costs. Call 01235 216 212 for more information.

The rules on fee reduction are complicated and we would encourage you to talk to our Admissions staff on 01235 555 585 to discuss your options. You can find more information on our Fees and Bursaries page - search "Fees and Bursaries" at the top of the page.

Course fees

19+ Fee:

Tuition Fee: £700.00

Exam Fee: £138.00

Kit / Clothing: £215.00

Total Cost: £1,053.00

19+ Reduced Fee:

Tuition Fee: £0.00

Exam Fee: £0.00

Kit / Clothing: £215.00

Total Cost: £215.00

Qualifications received
City and Guilds Level 2 Certificate for Dog Grooming Assistants.
Learning & method assessment
Practical sessions combined with some underpinning theory. There are a range of practical and written assessments with an on-line test towards the end of the course.
User skills
Practical dog grooming skills