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Level: 2

Location: Broomfield Hall

Years: 1

Interview: Y

Course Summary

This is a College certificate course; however, you will gain industry recognised qualifications awarded by City & Guilds for each unit achieved. It is a one-year course aimed at supporting you to achieve qualifications to work as a dog walker/pet sitter and it will also provide information and guidance on starting your own business. There will be elements of theory and practical lessons to develop your skills and knowledge.


Entry requirements

You need a pass in a Level 2 Diploma in Animal Management programme.


Course Content

In addition to any Maths and English CGSE/Functional Skills qualifications that are necessary, the course consists of:
  • Level 2 Certificate of Technical Competence in Dog Walking
  • Level 2 Certificate of Technical Competence in Pet Sitting
  • Level 2 Certificate of Technical Competence in Animal Health, Husbandry and Handling


How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed via oral tests, written and practical assessments. 

Are there any additional costs or specialist equipment required?

You will need to supply your own:

  • PPE (lab coat and steel toe-capped footwear)
  • Stationery and notebooks


What can I do after this course?

After completing this course, it will be possible for you to become a dog walker or pet sitter or to work in other similar related fields. Alternatively, you can apply for an apprenticeship.


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Zoe Longdon

Zoe Longdon

Dog groomer Zoe leads the pack after college success

A mature student has praised a part-time Derby College course which allowed her to change career direction and launch the thriving business of her dreams.
Former dog warden Zoe Longdon, 43, said she gained essential support, skills and confidence at Broomfield Hall, while working for her City and Guilds Level 2 certificate in Dog Grooming.
Now Zoe is putting her knowledge into practice by running her own mobile dog grooming service called “Rovers Return”, from Newthorpe, Eastwood, Nottinghamshire.
She said level of training provided by lecturer Sue Oliver was above that which can be expected at Level 2 – and the course offered good value for money in comparison to the privately run equivalents  she researched.

“I started in business last summer. Now I’ve got 85 clients and I’m going from strength-to-strength.  I’ve achieved my dream and I’m loving every day.”


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