Course Overview

Are you working as a dog groomer – qualified by experience? Do you want the opportunity to gain the level 2 City & Guilds qualification to enable you to progress onto the level 3 diploma and achieve professional groomer status?

If so, this intensive evening course could be for you! You will attend four evening theory sessions and one or two practical sessions at College for assessment during the working day.

Key Facts

Location: Huntingdon

Start date: TBC

Attendance and duration: Delegates will attend four Wednesday evenings at College from 5.30pm-8pm.

In addition, you will attend one or two practical sessions during the working day for assessment purposes.

You will then attend College for in-class assessment and your final City & Guilds examination.

Practical training will be supported by online learning and all materials will be provided via our online Virtual Learning Environment (VLE).

Course Content

Classroom lessons will look at the following areas:

  • Week one: Registration, induction and exam techniques
  • Week two: Dog behaviour
  • Week three: Animal health and basic first aid
  • Week four: Legislation


You will complete written and practical assessments as well as passing an online examination.

Entry Requirements

There are no formal academic requirements. You should have a minimum of five years’ experience of working as a dog groomer and be able to provide suitable references.

Application and interview process
All applicants are interviewed and offers for a place on the course are competitive. During the application process you will undertake basic maths and English assessments and, during your interview, you will take a tour of the centre and facilities, complete a written task, and discuss your suitability for the programme.

Course Fees

Course fees must be paid in full prior to the start of the course.

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.

Course fees

£595 + Awarding body fees* (currently £85.70).

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

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?

Completion of this course will allow you to progress onto the City & Guilds Level 3 Diploma in Dog Grooming intensive programme. If you intend to progress onto the level 3 diploma fast track course please speak to us about fees at the point of enrolling for the fast-track level 2 programme as discounts apply for those booking both courses at the same time.

CAW Connect

After you complete your studies with The College of Animal Welfare, you will be invited to join our alumni association, CAW Connect. CAW Connect is a social networking website and education hub which gives you the opportunity to connect with other alumni, enjoy industry discounts, make use of exclusive careers advice and resources, find new job opportunities and keep up-to-date with the latest industry news. Find out more about CAW Connect