Course Overview

Come to our Dog Grooming Open Morning – Huntingdon (Sunday 21 April – 10am – 12pm)

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Awarded by City & Guilds, this qualification is ideal if you are new to the industry and looking to train as a dog groomer. This programme is run at our Huntingdon (Cambridgeshire) and Leeds (West Yorkshire) centres. Working with our qualified groomers in the College’s fully equipped dog grooming suites, the emphasis placed upon practical training throughout the course gives learners the knowledge, skills and experience needed to stand out in an increasingly competitive job market and progress within the industry.

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

Key Facts

Location: Huntingdon and Leeds

Attendance and duration: This course can be undertaken on day release basis. Day release students will attend College part time for one day per week, for two academic terms (approximately six months)

Start dates:

Start dates will be discussed at interview. Our dog grooming courses get booked quickly, so we suggest you apply in advance. Below are the start dates for courses which are still available for application.

Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire 

  • Friday 31 May 2024
  • Wednesday 17 July 2024
  • Tuesday 10 September 2024

Leeds, West Yorkshire

  • Friday 31 May 2024
  • Wednesday 17 July 2024
  • Tuesday 10 September 2024

Are you ready to jump into your new career as a dog groomer? Did you know we offer bespoke, condensed formats for our Level 2 dog grooming course that will allow you to study your 25 days in any combination of days to shorten the number of weeks you are on course? You could be on track for your dream career in no time!

If you’re interested in studying our Level 2 Dog Grooming Certificate and would like to speak to us regarding our bespoke options, please get in touch at, by calling 01480 422060 or via our webchat on our website.

Bespoke options, are subject to interview, availability and experience. The 25 day study  will include 6 days online and 19 days in centre.

Course Content

Online learning will be complemented by practical training throughout the programme, giving trainee dog groomers the opportunity to gain confidence using professional dog grooming equipment to undertake a range of bathing and grooming techniques. Over the course of the qualification you will cover how to:

  • Prepare dogs for grooming
  • Baths dogs
  • Dry dogs for styling
  • Trim and prepare dogs for styling
  • Moving and lifting dogs around the salon
  • Cleaning the grooming environment
  • Professional practice
  • Breed characteristics and behaviour


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

Entry Requirements

There are no formal academic requirements, however you should be able to demonstrate a desire to work in this industry.

Application and interview process
All applicants are interviewed and offers for a place on the course are competitive. We are looking for people who have a passion for working with animals and show a commitment to learning how to provide high-quality pet grooming services. During the application process you will undertake basic maths and English assessments, complete a written task, and discuss your suitability for the programme during your interview.

Find out more about how to strengthen your application

Please note that if you are under 18 years of age you are required, by law in England, to either stay in full-time education, undertake an apprenticeship, or spend 20 hours or more a week working or volunteering while in part-time education or training. If applying to undertake this course under the age of 18 please ensure that you are still complying with one of these options.

Course Fees

Course Fees


Awarding Body Fees*: £138

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

Funding Available to Residents of Peterborough and Cambridgeshire (Subject to Eligibility)
Check if you are eligible to undertake this course for free.

The CAW Loans2Learn scheme is a personal loan that can help you to spread the cost of your course into manageable payments. The loan can be used to fully or partially cover your course fees (but does not cover any awarding body fees, such as enrolment and examination fees). More information can be found here.


Please note that the course fees must be settled before the beginning of the course. 

Other 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.

What Next?

Completion of this course should give you the skills and knowledge needed to be able to apply for the City & Guilds Level 3 Diploma in Dog Grooming therefore you may wish to consider pursuing further training with us.

Alternatively, you could look for employment working in the dog grooming sector to gain further experience, if you are not already doing so. You can take a look at the dog grooming jobs advertised on our job board here.

You can further develop your skills by attending dog grooming workshops, demonstrations and events such as Dog Grooming Congress.

If you’d like more information about the opportunities that our dog grooming courses could give you professionally, you can visit our career profile for Dog Groomers.