OCN Fast Track Level 3 Diploma in Dog Grooming

GroomArts Academy is delighted to offer the Open College Network West Midlands Level 3 Diploma in a Fast Track format for those that have the experience but want a fully recognised Level 3 qualification!

This course is designed specifically for those that have been working in the industry and want accreditation for working to a professionally high standard. 

Our award-winning tutors will go through an initial assessment with you and you'll also be required to provide evidence of your proven experience and competences.

This still allows us to help guide and support you to the correct standard, with multiple on-site assessments but vitally, the ability to reference prior competency in your day-to-day work. We will ensure that we guide you and build your knowledge, skills and confidence with well established learning material available before, during and after your assessment period with us.

This is a very intensive programme designed to deliver the best commercial results for those already with sufficient professional skills and experience. It is advisable to book a minimum of one month in advance to give you sufficient time to access relevant material before you start the course and to start planning the referencing of your assessment material. 

While you're with us we will support you in building your portfolio and completing your assignments. But best of all: this course is based on professional competency!

What you'll learn

Canine first aid

Carry out styling and finishing of dogs

Health checking a dog by a dog groomer

Promote and maintain the health and well-being of animals

Welcome, receive and care for customers

Assessing, planning and recording your dog grooming work

What's the Difference Between the City & Guilds Level 3 Intensive and the Open College Network West Midlands Level 3 Diploma?

City and Guilds and the Open College Network are both Awarding bodies that are regulated under Ofqual (The national qualifications regulator). They are both recognised by the Joint Council for Qualifications (JCQ) and offer a large variety of National Vocational Qualifications (NVQ). Both offer qualifications that are recognised throughout 182 countries worldwide. 

The OCN Level 3 Diploma is identical to the City & Guilds Level 3 Diploma in terms of the national standard for education within the sector and they are identical in terms of the educational credits.

So, where do they differ?  

The key differences are that City & Guilds requires the student to have attained the Level 2 qualification prior to acceptance onto the Level 3 Diploma course. Additionally, the student will be required to sit an external exam in a centre which is available at only two points in the year (June and November). The average cost at a private school for both is around £6,500 and you could wait for several months before becoming qualified.  

In contrast the OCN Level 3 Diploma does not require the student to have attained the Level 2 in order to be accepted on to the Level 3 Diploma course. There is also slightly more emphasis on your practical skills and critically the course is portfolio-based which means that you will only be assessed on the quality of your work and will not have to sit a final exam. So, when you have completed your portfolio and your assignments then your work will be submitted and you will be fully qualified within a matter of weeks. The Cost of the OCN Fast Track Level 3 Diploma is £1,250.

What you'll get

The confidence and skills to excel and grow in your own dog grooming business

Theory of 5 book by Melissa Verplanck to help with your shaping and styling

A professional GroomArts Academy certificate

An Open College Network West Midlands Level 3 Diploma

A Wahl equipment bag

Assorted grooming tools


We operate this course through a blended learning process. This will include an initial assessment on a Friday and then working over the weekend.

However, before, during and after your course you have access to our online learning platform to cover the theory knowledge.

The online learning and portfolio work is mandatory, as this time is logged and is essential in you achieving your Diploma.

Importantly, if we don't think you're suitable for the Fast Track Level 3 Diploma, we will suggest the longer term course as an option. We aim for the best standards and will always try to provide you with the same standards we expect.

What you'll need to buy

We require students to buy their own scissors so that they can get used to their own equipment. You do not need to buy these before you join us, we carry a small range or we can recommend where to purchase them. You use your scissors every day so invest in them!

All other equipment we will provide during your course.

Frequently Asked Questions

What qualification will I receive?

A Level 3 Diploma, which is equivalent to an A Level.

Is the qualification internationally recognised?

Yes, in 182 countries.

Will this qualification allow me to get a job or run a business?

Yes, a Level 3 Diploma will fully qualify you to do all aspects of grooming, as well as allowing you to run your own business.

Is funding available?

You can find all the information on this under Affording Your Course in our Student Advice section.

What qualifications do I need?

None, all you need is to have a good grasp of English and a pen and paper!

How often do the courses run?

Monthly, and we tend to book up about 2 - 3 months in advance.

Are there any entry requirements?

You must have a minimum of 3 years practical grooming experience, including styling and finishing breeds to a high standard. A first aid qualification is preferable but not essential.

How do I provide evidence for assignments?

We provide templates where you'll need to provide photographic evidence and details of relevant customers if using a witness testimony. Please be aware that these may be contacted by both the centre and awarding body for the purpose of ensuring you are meeting criteria.

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