Affording your course

A Guide on How to Afford your Dog Grooming Course

Sometimes looking at the costs of training can be scary. As the cost of living rises up and most people having responsibilities to take care of, the idea of parting with any money is a tough one. This will take you through why you should invest in your future before it’s too late.

Course fees

The current Open College Network West Mids iPET Network Qualifications Level 3 dog grooming course cost is £4,000. This allows you to be fully qualified as a dog groomer when you have completed your course. This diploma will allow you to do what you love, so think how you can manage your money.

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I have no money! Where is it all going?

There is no question that money is a huge factor when deciding what to do with your life. You can make career choices based purely on the cost it takes to start your dog grooming career, so let’s look at some of the UK’s individual average spends on indulgences within a year:

Items we waste money on each year

Cost per year

Unused health and beauty products


Food and takeaways


Unworn clothes


Unused toiletries


TV packages that are rarely watched






Sources: Independent (2019)

When looking at the cost of items, we quite often will rationalise the cost of smaller expenses by saying “it’s only a few pounds” and “I deserve a little treat”. It is healthy to have that mindset and to reward yourself for hard work, but are there other ways to spend money on yourself?

Where can I spend money on myself?

One of the best ways you can spend money on yourself is when you spend it on your own growth. By looking to education, you’re investing in your future and giving yourself the skills to make more money, more opportunities and more happiness. Learning a new skill or improving a current one allows you to feel a sense of achievement that lasts.

Can I have any help?

  1. Start up loans – at a rate of 6%, you can borrow up to £25,000 over 1 to 5 years.

  2. Local enterprise loans – ask your local authority if they can support your journey into a career you love.

  3. Low interest credit cards - websites such as or can match you to the best credit cards for you based on your credit score

For more about your funding options, read our advice in the student advice section or tell us some of your helpful hints here.

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