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Dog Grooming QLS Level 3


Do you want to learn more about the theory behind dog grooming? This is where our Dog Grooming QLS Level 3 course comes in!

Understand the theory that underpins dog grooming.

Course Duration

Up to one year.

Course Outcome

You will receive a Dog Grooming QLS Level 3 certificate of achievement from the Quality License Scheme and a learner unit summary.

Entry Requirements

There are no specific entry requirements for this course.


You will be assessed through a series of written tutor-marked assessments.

Study Options

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Course code: OSC1014
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Course overview

  • The perfect first step for anyone wanting to learn more about dog grooming.
  • Study from the comfort your own home, at your own pace.

This Dog Grooming QLS Level 3 course is ideal for anyone wanting to develop an understanding of dog grooming.

During this course, you’ll develop your understanding of the anatomy of a dog and how to tend to canine health concerns such as parasites, injuries, and first aid. You will also learn more about how to effectively bathe and dry a dog, brushing and clipping techniques, and how to clean and identify problems with certain areas of a dog’s anatomy such as their claws, teeth, eyes, and ears.

Once you have completed this course, if you wish to pursue a career as a dog groomer, we recommend that you gain practical experience by shadowing an experienced, professional groomer in order to put your knowledge into practice and develop those all-important skills. After all, dog grooming will require you to work closely with someone’s pride and joy, so it is vital that you gain hands-on experience with the support of a professional groomer before you attempt to groom anyone’s dog.

Course content

  • What is dog grooming?
  • The benefits of dog grooming
  • Equipment
  • Different roles
  • Shows

  • The head
  • Neck and shoulders
  • Forelegs
  • Hind legs
  • Paws
  • Claws
  • Rear end
  • Man's best friend
  • Origins of dog grooming
  • What keeps a dog's coat healthy?
  • Genetics
  • General health
  • Diet

  • Internal parasites
  • External parasites
  • Canine First Aid
  • Managing injuries

  • Training to groom
  • Handling difficult dogs
  • Brushing techniques
  • Massage
  • Breed-specific grooming techniques
  • How to bathe a dog
  • How to dry a dog

  • Clipping and stripping
  • Stripping techniques
  • Clipping techniques
  • Basic techniques
  • Pet cut
  • Advanced clipping styles
  • Spaniel coats
  • Poodle coats

  • Face - cleaning and identifying problems
  • Fur - cleaning and identifying problems
  • Eyes - cleaning and identifying problems
  • Ears - cleaning and identifying problems
  • Teeth - cleaning and identifying problems
  • Claws - cleaning and identifying problems

Extra Information

This course has been designed to provide you with an understanding of the theory behind dog grooming. It is for people who would like to learn more about how to groom a dog, but not for those wishing to start a dog grooming business straight after completing the course. If you wish to start a career as a dog groomer, you will need to gain hands-on experience with a professional groomer’s support before attempting to offer dog grooming services to the public.

You may start at any time and have a full year to complete your studies. We suggest that the course will take approximately 80 hours to complete. This allows you to work at your own pace, without the pressure of tight deadlines.

This course will be studied entirely via distance learning, meaning you will complete your learning either from home or a place that suits you. Full tutor support will be available via email, so if you have any questions or need some guidance, your tutor will be here to help. Your course materials will include a series of self-assessment exercises and tutor-marked questions to allow both you and your tutor to monitor your progress.

The study method you choose depends on your personal learning style. Your options are:

  • Study pack: if you choose the study pack option, you will be sent a set of printed course materials.
  • Study online: if you choose this option, you will be sent your login details to our online portal through which you will access your course materials digitally. You can access your course via a desktop/laptop computer, tablet, or smartphone.

This course is assessed by a series of written assignments which are submitted to your tutor for marking. No external examination or practical work is required on this course, so you can complete all assessed work from home.

Once you have successfully completed this course, you will receive a certificate of achievement in Dog Grooming Level 3 from the Quality License Scheme. You will also receive a learner unit summary which will list the components you have completed as part of your course.

Awarding Body

This course has been endorsed by the Quality License Scheme for its high-quality, non-regulated provisions and training programmes.

This course and/or training programme is not regulated by Ofqual and is not an accredited qualification. Your training provider will be able to advise you on any further recognition, for example, progression routes into further and/or higher education. For further information please visit the learner FAQs on the Quality Licence Scheme website.

The Quality License Scheme’s endorsement involves robust and rigorous quality audits by external auditors to ensure quality is continually met. A review of courses is carried out as part of the endorsement process.


You do not need any previous knowledge or skills to enrol on this course.

You will have 12 months from enrolment to complete this course.

  • Expert personal tutor support
  • Dedicated student support
  • Assignment marking and feedback
  • FREE CV critique service
  • FREE employability guide to help you impress future employers
  • FREE XO Student Discounts card
  • *Exclusive Open Study College study pack including pen, highlighter, and notebook.

*Not included with the online study option.

No, you will not complete a placement or gain any practical experience as part of this course. However, we do recommend that you get some practical experience with a professional groomer after your studies before pursuing a career as a dog groomer.

No, everything you need to complete this course is included in the cost.

It's not a problem. We offer a course replacement service, so if you get into trouble and your course pack is lost or damaged, our Learner Services Team can provide you with a new set of materials for a one-time additional fee.

That's not a problem. We want to make sure you're 100% confident about enrolling on the course and starting your study. So, just give our team of education specialists a call on 03300 563 100 and they'll do their best to help.

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