Dog Grooming Assistant Level 2 - Bridgwater & Taunton College

Course Overview

Working with animals is extremely rewarding, but it can require long hours with dedication and enthusiasm within the role is a key to success. If you are looking to start a career within the dog grooming industry, then this is qualification is aimed at you.

This qualification is suitable for anyone over the age of 19 and you will gain the practical skills and knowledge that are important for working as a Dog Grooming Assistant.

You can choose to train at our Cannington campus one or two days a week on either a 20 or 11 week course and will be based at our fully equipped dog grooming salon. You will be taught by an experienced qualified dog groomer/lecturer who will cover all aspects of theory and practical training you require to achieve this qualification and apply to industry.

This qualification covers the skills you will need to progress to work as a Dog Grooming Assistant.

Mandatory content covers:

  • Preparing and grooming dogs prior to 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.

The full cost of this programme is payable on enrolment. In the unlikely event that your course is cancelled, we will refund your fees. However, these courses are run on viable numbers and if you choose to cancel or withdraw from your course, full fees are payable, unless we can fill your space.

Assessment Methods

Teaching will include practical tuition in the purpose-built salon, and classroom based sessions to cover theory.

Learners will be required to carry out wider reading and directed study in their own time and would benefit from work experience outside of the college environment to build skills, experience and confidence.

Learners will need to pass a series of internally and externally set practical assessments plus an externally set and marked online examination (undertaken in college time).

Progression Options

Achievement of this qualification demonstrates to an employer/the public that you have the necessary technical skills and knowledge they are looking for when recruiting/seeking the services of a Dog Grooming Assistant.

You could progress to working for a dog grooming business or franchise, and in a salon or a mobile grooming unit.

You could also progress to further learning and training in this area, to become a fully qualified Dog Groomer (please note we are unable to offer Level 3 Dog Grooming training at this centre).

Course Summary

Course Title Dog Grooming Assistant Level 2
Entry Requirements

There are no formal entry requirements for this course, however learners must
attend an introductory evening where they will be expected to demonstrate a
reasonable level of literacy due to the amount of written work and wider reading
needed to complete this qualification.

Experience of handling dogs and work experience within a dog grooming
environment are desirable.

Attendance Requirements Learners will be expected to attend every session, engage fully with all aspects of practical and theory tuition. Be prepared to work with peers and a wide range of breeds of dog. Learners must be confident in speaking to the general public and have commitment to completing coursework at home. All assessment work must be completed and submitted on time to achieve this qualification.
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I’m really proud of what I’ve achieved so far. I’ve never been a confident person, so the thought of work experience and spending time with a group of strangers seemed impossible. Now everything’s changed - I completed work experience with the National Animal Welfare Trust at Heaven’s Gate and met some lovely people. This valuable experience reinforced that looking after animals really is my dream job.

Molly Brown- Level 1 Diploma in Animal & Horse Care

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