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Dog Grooming - QLS Level 3 Course

Course Format:Paper Based Materials (With Optional Online Course Notes)
Self-Study Time:Approximately 100 Hours (Self-Study)
Delivery Time:1-2 Working Days (Courier Service)
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Course Description

The Dog Grooming - QLS Level 3 Course is suitable for both beginners and those with an established background with dogs. You don’t need any previous experience - the course is aimed at students who wish to provide quality grooming for their own dogs, as well as those who are thinking of setting up their own grooming business.

The Dog Grooming Course gives you the opportunity to learn in detail about all aspects of grooming dogs. The course includes the history of humankind’s relationship with dogs, in-depth details of the grooming process, as well as helpful advice on how to set up and run your own dog grooming business. 

Course Objectives:

The course will help you to:

  • Gain a detailed understanding of the relationship between humans and dogs and a working knowledge of the long history of this relationship.
  • Gain an in-depth knowledge of a wide range of different breeds of dog and the ability to adapt grooming techniques to suit each breed.
  • Acquire the ability to understand that each dog has a unique personality and how to adapt accordingly, so grooming is efficient and hassle-free.
  • Gain the ability to groom dogs as quickly as possible whilst showing maximum attention to detail.
  • Gain the business skills necessary to help in the setting up of a dog grooming service.

This is a theory-based course designed to give you an understanding of what is involved with Dog Grooming. If you plan to start your own business, you will need to buy the relevant equipment and gain relevant grooming experience. A perfect way to do this is to ask friends and family and ask if you can groom their dogs for free.

On successful completion of this course students will receive a QLS Level 3 Endorsed Certificate of Achievement.

The Dog Grooming - QLS Level 3 Course includes the following units:
The following topics are covered: The Evolution of Different Breeds; History of Dog Grooming; The Dog Grooming Profession; and Further Reading & Research.
The following topics are covered: Dog Diseases; External Parasites: Fleas, Ticks, Lice, Mites; Internal Parasites: Hookworms, Heartworms, Roundworms, Ringworms, Tapeworms, Whipworms; and Further Reading & Research.
The following topics are covered: Putting Together a First Aid Kit; Emergency Muzzling; Preventing Emergencies; CPR and Performing mouth-to-mouth; Taking a temperature; Dealing with Emergencies; Serious Blood Loss and wounds; Allergic Reactions; Overheating/ Heatstroke; Electric Shock; Strangulation; Dehydration; Hypothermia; Dog bites and Injuries; Dealing with minor problems; Minors cuts; Skin Irritations; Hygiene Procedures; and Further Reading & Research.
The following topics are covered: Bald Breeds; Smooth Short Coat Breeds; Double Coat Breeds; Long and Silky (Drop) Coat Breeds; Harsh and Wiry Coat Breeds; Curly and Woolly Breeds; Corded Coated Breeds; Shar-Pei; Designer Breeds; and Further Reading & Research.
The following topics are covered: Grooming Tools; Basic Hygiene; Brushes; Combs; Nail Clippers; Clippers; Shears; Scissors; Blades; Larger Equipment; Equipment Maintenance; Uniforms and Protective Clothing; Protective Equipment; Products Required; Price Lists; Pre-Bath; Bath; Expressing the Anal sacs; Post Bath; Grooming; Carding; Line Brushing; Dealing with Matts; Dealing with Double coats; Professional Grooming Shortcuts; Suppliers Information and Contact Details; and Further Reading & Research.
The following topics are covered: Working with Young Dogs and Puppies; Working with Older Dogs; Handling for Clients; and Further Reading & Research.
The following topics are covered: Terriers; Terrier Trims; Head Details; Body Details; Hand Stripping; (Terrier Breeds; Airedale Terrier; Australian Terrier; Bedlington Terrier; Cairn Terrier; Dandie Dinmont Terrier; Irish Terrier; Kerry Blue Terrier; Lakeland Terrier; Norfolk Terrier; Norwich Terrier; Schnauzer; Scottish Terrier; Sealyham Terrier; Soft-coated Wheaten Terrier; Welsh Terrier; West Highland White Terrier; Wire Fox Terrier; Yorkshire Terrier); Breed Grooming Comparisons; Spaniel Breeds; Spaniel Breed Trims; (American Cocker Spaniel; American Water Spaniel; Cavalier King Charles Spaniel; English Cocker Spaniel; English Springer Spaniel; English Toy Spaniel; Irish Water Spaniel; and Welsh Springer Spaniel) Poodle Types; Poodle Breed Trims (Miniature Poodle; Standard Poodle; and Toy Poodle); Setter Breeds; Setter Trims (English Setter; Gordon Setter; Irish Red Setter; Irish Red Setter); Other Breeds (Bichon Frise; Old English Sheepdog; Portuguese Water Dog; Mixed Breeds & Designer Dog); Drop Coat Breeds; Drop Coat Trims (Coton de Tulear; Havanese; Lhasa Apso - Pomeranian; Shih Tzu); and Troubleshooting.
The following topics are covered: Laws Affecting the Groomer; Risk Assessment; and Further Resources and Research.

There are no particular entry requirements for this course, so students can sign up providing they are comfortable studying at a Level 3 standard.

Course Duration & Online Support

You can start this course at any time, and you would be registered for a one-year period. You also have access to a personal tutor who can be contacted by email. Your tutor is available to assist with any queries and to mark your assignments for the Awarding Body.

As the course is self-study, you can complete it as quickly as you like. Support extensions are available if students do not complete the course within the one-year period.

Course Format & Delivery

This course is supplied as hard copy paper-based materials. You will receive an A4 ring bound course folder which will include all of your course notes and assignments and there is a separate study guide which should be read before starting the course and explains about support, the required format of assignments and how to submit assignments for assessment. We find this format works well for this particular course as you don't have to be on a computer to work through the notes and you get to keep the course materials after you have completed your study if you need to refer back to them.

We do also offer the option of an online version of the course notes which can be purchased for an additional £36.00 for learners who prefer computer-based learning or are travelling and need access to their course notes. This option is available at the checkout when ordering the course.

The hard-copy course materials are dispatched using a next working day courier service where available and the online course notes are usually issued within 24 hours of processing an application.

If learners would prefer an online only version of the course notes then please contact us for information on how to order this.


You will be assessed on TMAs (Tutor Marked Assignments). Most TMAs consists of short paragraph answers, although some TMAs may have a specific word count. The main criteria to pass as assignment is to prove to the tutor that you have fully understood the question and have answered it sufficiently.

If the assignment is not of the required level or needs an amendment it will be detailed in your tutor feedback so you can make any required changes. The course tutor will be happy to give guidance as to how you might improve you answers. Your work can be sent back to your course tutor by email or by post.

QLS Course Endorsement

At the end of this course, successful learners will receive a QLS Level 3 Endorsed Certificate of Achievement from the Quality Licence Scheme and a Learner Unit Summary (which lists the components the learner has completed as part of the course).

The Quality Licence Scheme is part of the Skills and Education Group, a charitable organisation that unites education and skills-orientated organisations that share similar values and objectives. With more than 100 years of collective experience, the Skills and Education Group’s strategic partnerships create opportunities to inform, influence and represent the wider education and skills sector.

The Skills and Education Group also includes two nationally recognised awarding organisations; Skills and Education Group Awards and Skills and Education Group Access. Through our awarding organisations we have developed a reputation for providing high-quality qualifications and assessments for the education and skills sector. We are committed to helping employers, organisations and learners cultivate the relevant skills for learning, skills for employment, and skills for life.

Our knowledge and experience of working within the awarding sector enables us to work with training providers, through the Quality Licence Scheme, to help them develop high-quality courses and/or training programmes for the non-regulated market.

The course has been endorsed under the Quality Licence Scheme. This means that Kendal Publishing has undergone an external quality check to ensure that the organisation and the courses it offers, meet defined quality criteria. The completion of this course alone does not lead to a regulated qualification* but may be used as evidence of knowledge and skills gained. The Learner Unit Summary may be used as evidence towards Recognition of Prior Learning if you wish to progress your studies in this subject. To this end the learning outcomes of the course have been benchmarked at Level 3 against level descriptors published by Ofqual, to indicate the depth of study and level of demand/complexity involved in successful completion by the learner. 

The course itself has been designed by Kendal Publishing to meet specific learners’ and/or employers’ requirements which cannot be satisfied through current regulated qualifications. The Quality Licence Scheme 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 can find more information on level descriptors from our Certification Overview Page.

*Regulated qualification refers to those qualifications that are regulated by Ofqual / CCEA / Qualification Wales

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