What's the difference between City and Guilds and Open College Network Level 3?

Since we at GroomArts have launched the new Open College Network (OCN) Level 3 Diploma in Dog Grooming, you might be wondering how it compares to our other courses delivered by City and Guilds (C&G). What is this new qualification? What's the difference between the two? We're here to help debunk the myths!


City and Guilds has been a world-renowned awarding body for over 100 years, and although OCN has been established for just over 35 years, both of these awarding bodies are recognised in 182 countries worldwide. So you can rest assured knowing that you will be able to set up your business practically anywhere!

Although both qualifications leave you with a Level 3 Diploma in Dog Grooming, City and Guilds require you to have a Level 2 Certificate before you can start Level 3. The OCN qualification, on the other hand, has no prior requirements to study Level 3. This means that if you study with City and Guilds you will have two qualifications at the end, however if you study with OCN you can get Level 3 qualified straight away!

One of the main differences between these two qualifications is how they are assessed. The OCN course assesses you on six theory-based assignments combined with several practical assessments on different areas of grooming throughout your course, with NO final exam! 

The C&G Level 3 course is assessed based on practical assessments of different grooming techniques, some assignments, and a theory exam which can be taken at two points each year. If you need to complete your C&G Level 2 first, there will be some more theory-based assignments and another exam to take before starting your Level 3 Diploma.

Overall both qualifications take a holistic approach, but C&G places heavier emphasis on theory knowledge, whereas OCN focuses more on practical grooming skills!

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