Dog Grooming Diploma Level 3

Do you love dogs? Are looking for a new career or flexible business opportunity? Are you comfortable and confident in handling a variety of dogs? Do you have a passion for their welfare and care? If so, then our dog grooming course may be just the thing for you!

Looking after people’s pets is one of the most rewarding and fast-growing occupations in the UK today.  Although grooming dogs can be physically hard work and challenging at times it is a very rewarding career that can give you a great deal of job satisfaction. Being a dog groomer can be a flexible job opportunity which allows you to build up your business at the rate you want to.

Dog Groomers are trusted with beloved family pets so need to be competent in their skills. To be a successful dog groomer, you should have the ability to handle all dogs firmly but gently and be able to calm and control nervous dogs. You will also need patience and attention to detail often following standards for how different breeds should look.

This Oxbridge course will offer you:

  • Experienced, passionate and supportive tutors to guide you through the course and you will have the best possible attention
  • Real, long-term job and career prospects
  • As with all of our courses, this is flexible and able to be studied when it’s convenient for you.

On this Dog Grooming course you will:

  • Discover the requirements that are needed to start your own dog grooming business and discuss the requirements the owner has.
  • Learn different techniques that will work for different dogs, their anatomy and physiology, their behaviour and how to handle dogs safely.
  • Study in-depth the equipment that is used to restrain, prepare and groom a dog and the essential equipment required and how to use them properly
  • Study the step by step procedures for inspecting a dog, brushing the coat to remove unwanted hair, clipping or using scissors, bathing, drying and finishing.
  • Gain a knowledge which enables you to perform basic health checks of the dogs

Discover how to care for dogs and learn skills required in one of the most rewarding occupations in the UK today.
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At your own pace

Study this course as quickly or slowly as you wish; we’ll work at a speed that suits you.

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Get as much help as you want from your personal course tutor via phone and email.

Awarding body: NCFE Customised Qualifications
Our course ref: X315

NCFE is one of the largest awarding bodies in the UK.  Over 340,000 thousand students were awarded certification by NCFE last year through over 2,000 colleges and training providers nationally. With a heritage stretching back over 150 years.

Study Hours

Up to 100 hours which is around 30 minutes per day for 6 months.

Course Duration

You have up to a year to complete this course and we have included a suggested number of study hours. This is usually ample time for learners, even with full time jobs and other commitments. Don’t worry if you go over the year though, we can organise an extension to your course for a small fee, which also extends your tutor support.

Study Method

The course is specially designed for study by distance learning. Throughout the course there will be self-assessment questions, and tutor marked assignments (TMAs), to enable you to monitor your progress.


Throughout this course, you may be expected to complete assignments, essays, research projects, posters, leaflets, presentations, video/audio recordings, work-based and practical learning sessions to meet the requirements of your course. This information will be included in your study pack detailing exactly what you need to do to accomplish your goals as a student.

Course Outcomes

At the end of this course, successful learners will be awarded an NCFE Customised Qualification. The training courses have been designed specifically to meet the needs of learners who prefer to study from home. You can read more about NCFE here.

Additional Information
Level 3
Entry requirements
There are no formal entry requirements for this course, however, it is recommended that you have an intermediate ability to read and write English.
Section 1
What’s it like to be a Dog Groomer?

You will have access to your personal tutor, via email and telephone, who will mark your assignments and guide you through the course. In addition, you will be supplied with a comprehensive Study Guide which will help you through the study and assessment process. Your personal tutor will be highly experienced in their subject area and qualified to teach.

You don’t need any prior skills in the subject area to start.  However, as with all of our courses, we recommend a reasonable level of English reading and writing ability.

We provide all the specially written learning materials you require to study this course at home. The course fee also includes tutor support for 12 months.

You will receive everything you need to complete this course within the study pack we send to you.

No, this course is assessed by coursework alone.

No, all of the study materials are supplied within your learning pack.

That’s fine, this course can be studied anywhere and is completed by submitting Tutor marked assignments (TMAs).

Please check our FAQs section or Contact Us, we are happy to answer any questions you have.

Clear and concise
Hayley. W

The course materials are really well presented with clear, concise instructions and easy to follow modules.

Ideal in your own time
Leah Reynolds

I was so excited to start this course! It is ideal for anyone who feels they don’t want to be rushed. I have had a lovely experience and only wished I’d started sooner.

thoroughly enjoyed it
Lucy Wylde

I have just completed this course and enjoyed it very much. Well written and presented. The assignments are quite in depth and I thoroughly enjoyed doing this course. #DogGrooming

Hoping to start my own business
Patsy. R

After speaking with a career coach, I have enrolled on 2 courses with Oxbridge, who are professional and offer a wonderful quality of service. I am hoping to start my own grooming business from my home after completing my courses.

Something I really enjoy
Karen Jennings

After being made redundant from a job I didn’t enjoy, I couldn’t bare the thought of looking for something similar. One of the things that I had to cut back on after being made redundant was spending that wasn’t a necessity – my poor dog Harry started looking a bit shabby so i thought I’d learn to groom him myself. The research I did lead me to Dog Grooming courses, and I chose Oxbridge, received my information and course quickly, and have had great support so far. Very happy!

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