This Level 2 course is ideal if you want to begin working in the dog grooming industry and want to learn the skills you need to work under supervision in a dog grooming salon. The course is run within the commercial salon at Derby College.
You need to be highly motivated and demonstrate a keen interest in your chosen subject. Offers of a place on the course are dependent on your qualifications. You will need a minimum of four GCSEs at grade D or above and sound dog knowledge.
You should also have a standard of English and maths equivalent to Functional Skills Level 1.
If you are a mature learner, we may be able to take into consideration your previous experience in your chosen subject. All applicants will be interviewed, will undertake an initial assessment in English and maths, and must present an example of current work. You should have a keen interest in dogs.
You will be required to work in the commercial dog grooming salon on client dogs so that you gain a realistic experience of a working salon. If you wish, you are able to source your own suitable range of fully vaccinated dogs and book them into the salon at a charge of £10 per dog.
You will learn a range of dog grooming skills which include:
Assessments will be both practical and theoretical. Experienced, qualified staff will train you and assess your practical assignments. There is also an online multiple choice (GOLA) examination to assess your knowledge and understanding. If you are required to re-sit the GOLA exam, there is an extra charge per exam - price to be confirmed.
You will be required to supply your own:
Derby College offers a range of one-day, weekend and evening courses relating to dog grooming, as well as a wide variety of other land-based topics - please see the Derby College Part-time Prospectus for a full list and details.
A mature student is planning to combine animal management training with holistic skills to launch her own equine therapy business. Kim Leder, 44, believes her qualifications gained at Derby College courses combined with a previous qualification can help her career dreams come to life.
Long Eaton mum of three Kim is trained to level 3 in holistic therapy and has just completed her HND in animal management at Broomfield.
She is going on to the one year top-up to achieve the full degree at Derby College and plans to go on to launch her own equine holistic therapy business after that. Kim has combined the course with bringing up three girls nine-year-old twins Sophie and Jorja (corrct) and 11 year old Millie.
Kim said gained a distinction for a module on behaviour which demonstrated how horses responded well to reiki therapy when they were nervous about being saddled.
She said: "The horses responded really well and the difference was quite noticeable. When I got the grades back, I'd got a distinction which was great.
"Hopefully after my degree I'll be able to start my own business."