Course overview

This dog grooming course is run at our Huntingdon and Leeds centres, and builds upon the skills covered during the City & Guilds Level 2 Certificate for Dog Grooming Assistants qualification. It gives learners the opportunity to enhance their knowledge of the grooming process from start to finish, including: styling, finishing and grooming techniques for different breeds of dog. You will be working with our qualified dog groomers in the College’s state-of-the-art grooming suites, complete with professional dog grooming equipment and access to a variety of dogs on which to practice the techniques you will study.

Key Facts

Location: Huntingdon or Leeds

Attendance and duration: This course can either be undertaken on a block or day release basis. Block release students will attend College full time from Monday to Friday, for a five week block. Day release students will attend College part time for one day per week, for two academic terms (approximately six months)

Additional financial support may be available for this course.
Subject to availability. Terms and conditions apply.

Start dates:

Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire

  • Block release – 10 July 2017

Leeds, West Yorkshire (Campus Vets and Pets)

  • Block release – 10 July 2017

Course content

This course gives learners the opportunity to continue their dog grooming training by building upon the knowledge gained from the City & Guilds Level 2 Certificate for Dog Grooming Assistants. Classroom studies will be complemented by an emphasis on practical experience throughout the programme.

Over the course of the qualification you will cover how to:

  • Carry out styling and finishing of dogs
  • Assessment and planning of dog grooming work
  • Promote and maintain the health and well-being of animals
  • Health check a dog
  • Welcome, receive and care for visitors


You will complete written and practical assessments and examinations.

Entry requirements

You must have undertaken previous dog grooming training such as the City & Guilds Level 2 Certificate for Dog Grooming Assistants course, or have significant industry experience.

All applicants are interviewed and offers for a place are competitive. We are looking for people who are dedicated to improving their work and pushing the industry forward.

Find out more about how to strengthen your application.

Course fees

Course fees are payable in full prior to the start of the course.

Course Fees


If you have not achieved your qualification by the planned end date detailed in your individual learning plan, you will be able to continue to receive support and access to your course by paying monthly direct debit payments until certification of your award.

Awarding Body Fees*

City & Guilds fees: £93.90

* Awarding Body Fees are payable by all students or employers and recharged at cost and may be subject to change.

If you are over 19 years of age you may be entitled to apply for an Advanced Learner Loan to help fund your studies!

Sources of financial help can be found on our student finance page. Before making any financial decision it is recommended that you seek advice from an independent source, for example the Money Advice Service.

These are current figures and may be subject to change. The differences in course fees reflect the level of funding that is available as a result of government policies and priorities. These may be as a result of age, employment status, previous education achievements, or location for example, and are outside the control of The College of Animal Welfare.

What next?

Once you have completed formal training and gained solid industry experience, many opportunities become available to you.

You may wish to seek employment as a dog grooming stylist, perhaps progressing to a managerial role after demonstrating your abilities within a fast paced pet grooming environment. Current vacancies advertised on our job board can be found here.

You could start up your own grooming business from home, in commercial premises, or out and about by taking it mobile, or work in partnership with an existing business such as a boarding kennels or dog walkers. This is a great way to build up connections with existing client bases and industry players, which will help to boost your new venture long term.

Another option would be to help the next generation of dog groomers to achieve their formal dog grooming qualifications; either by teaching at a relevant college or taking on an apprentice at your new workplace.

You may wish to go on to study the Level 3 Diploma for Professional Dog Stylists and/or the Higher Diploma in Dog Grooming. Further information can be found on the Pet Industry Federation website.

If you’d like more information about the opportunities available in the dog grooming sector, you can visit our career profile for Dog Groomers.


“It had been many years since I had been in a learning environment, and I did find it strange and tiring going ‘back to school’, but it was worth every minute. Everything is communicated and explained very well from the time you apply right through to the final exam and your leaving day, both in the lectures and in the groom room, so I need not have been so nervous.
The groom room staff were always on hand to guide us all through each step in a friendly and helpful manner. Nothing was too much trouble, and no question was a silly one. The atmosphere in the groom room was relaxed (apart from individual nerves) and friendly. We all worked as a team, if we could help one another then we would, and at the end of the day cleaning was a joint effort. I am now building up my own business in dog grooming.”
Fay Northfield

“I decided to change career at the age of 36. Knowing that I wanted to be a dog groomer I set out to find a college that could teach me both the practical as well as the theory of dog grooming. The College of Animal Welfare taught me both these. On leaving the course we were all encouraged to call if we had any problems grooming which I thought was an added touch, it showed the College actually did care about its students and the well-being of the animals we would be working with. Since I left the College on July 2015 I have set up my own business; Petchase Dog Grooming and Walking Services based in Sandy.” Read the case study
Kim Chase