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The Award in Education and Training level 3 and level 4 courses

Level 3

About this qualification The Open College Network West Midlands Level 3 Award in Education and Training provides an introduction to teaching and training in a variety of contexts. The qualification offers trainee teachers and individuals currently training and assessing, the knowledge and understanding required for teaching. The Award provides an introduction to teaching and explores roles and responsibilities associated with the teaching role. It covers the planning and delivering of sessions including engaging and motivating learners within a learning environment. It explores the different assessment methods and the need for record keeping. The delivery of an observed microteaching session or an assessed practice in a real work environment is a requirement of this qualification. Objectives of the qualification This qualification can be used flexibly to meet learner needs. Depending on the context of the learning and the needs of each individual learner, the qualification can:  prepare individuals to progress to a qualification in the same subject area but at a higher level or requiring more specific knowledge, skills and understanding; prepare learners for employment; support a role in the workplace; encourage engagement in learning. This qualification has been designed to enable learners to: facilitate learning for individuals; use inclusive teaching approaches to education and training; understand assessment in an education environment. It is a requirement that assessment of this qualification is conducted in English. The Open College Network West Midlands Level 3 Award in Education and Training qualification is accredited by Ofqual.

 Learner requirements Entry requirements There are no specific entry requirements. Minimum age The minimum age for access to this qualification is 19 years.

Level 4 Certificate in Education and Training 

About this qualification The Open College Network West Midlands Level 4 Certificate in Education and Training provides an introduction to teaching and training in a variety of contexts. The qualification provides the knowledge and practical teaching skills to prepare individuals to work in a wide range of teaching contexts. The unit ‘Understanding Roles, Responsibilities and Relationships in Education and Training’ (Level 3) is included in both the Level 3 Award and Level 4 Certificate. To support progression from one qualification to the other, exemptions of credit apply. The units from the Level 3 Award in English for Literacy and Language Teaching and the Level 3 Award in Mathematics for Numeracy Teaching qualifications have also been included as optional credits. Individuals who have been awarded these qualifications can apply for exemptions for these units. Trainee teachers who have achieved the Level 4 Certificate in Education and Training and who are progressing to an awarding organisation accredited Level 5 Diploma in Education and Training should have their prior achievement recognised. Recognition of prior learning (RPL) will apply between the mandatory credit from the Certificate and the unit ‘Teaching, Learning and Assessment in Education and Training’ for the Level 5 Diploma in Education and Training. They should not be required to present further evidence other than that required to demonstrate that their prior learning is at Level 4. All awarding organisations implement this process. Trainee teachers who have achieved the Open College Network West Midlands Level 4 Certificate in Education and Training and who are progressing to HEI-accredited qualifications at Level 5 or above may have their Level 4 credit recognised in line with that HEI’s arrangements for the recognition of prior learning. Objectives of the qualification The Open College Network West Midlands Level 4 Certificate in Education and Training prepares trainee teachers to teach in a wide range of contexts. It requires observation and assessment of performance. It can meet the needs of a range of trainee teachers, including: individuals who are not currently teaching and training but who can meet the practice requirements, including the observed and assessed practice requirements, requirements of the qualification;  individuals who are currently teaching and training, including those who have just begun teaching and training, and who can meet the practice requirements, including the observed and assessed practice requirements, of the qualification;  individuals currently working as assessors who wish to achieve a teaching qualification.

Fast Track, Non Accredited or Refresher Dog Grooming Courses

Courses are tailored to your specific needs at our dog grooming school

Of course, we will begin with an initial assessment, allowing us to determine what your current skill level is. We need to establish your current level of competence:

Units included within this qualification cover:

  • Prepare to groom, to include bathing and drying technique.
  • Assess, Plan and Record Dog Grooming Work
  • Carry Out Styling and Finishing of a Dog
  • Health Checking a Dog by a Dog Groomer
  • Promote and Maintain the Health and Well-Being of Animals
  • Welcome, Receive and Care for Customers
  • Control and Restrain

These home grown dog grooming styling skills courses are designed to be adaptable for both those who might have no experience of the dog grooming industry and those who need some light refreshment. 

They will be of interest to those who wish to enter into the industry from blank canvas to learn all about salon operation, equipment handling, management and learning to style dogs from scratch. There is also an ideal dog grooming course designed for those who have need of a refresher dog grooming course for brushing up their  dog grooming skills.

 The styling  course, for beginner dog groomers, May consist of courses from 10 to 20 days (Mon – Friday) practical hands on training. Tailored options are available. Stupid Christmas offer from £900. Offer ends 20 December 2019.

The initial stages of the course will include instruction in handling the dogs, bathing, grooming, drying, styling etc. Students attending this course should not be concerned if they have no knowledge of dog grooming as an industry. 

Additionally, this course can be tailored for learners to refresh their skill set.  It is assumed that attendees on this tailored refresher course will already have the skill set and knowledge of professional dog grooming and will only need to tidy up and refresh their dog grooming skills, to return to the industry. If you believe that you DO NOT possess the skills needed to commence this course from this point of existing knowledge, then you need to consider the full course or perhaps one of the accredited courses. Whichever you choose to take, if you are learning from a blank canvas, both options are sufficiently credible and will suffice.

Making the correct choice is difficult and we are here to help you and not to  pressure you, as making the wrong decision will  have a detrimental impact on your ability to succeed in the industry. 

Whichever path students take they will be shown  all aspects of practice to become a successful pet groomer in the  pet grooming industry.   

We all know that any industry is constantly evolving. 

Learners who are refreshing will do so in more depth covering  the practical application of styling technique for specific breeds when dog grooming and the use of professional grooming skills. You will receive tuition with the correct styling techniques in your selected breeds that require regular grooming.

This course is structured to give you a re-boot of your existing grooming skills focused on groomed breeds. We cannot guarantee inclusion of models from any specific breed, but if you have a wish to be taught on a specific breed, please let us know at the earliest possible time and we will endeavour to include it. Former students from any of our courses always have the facility to use us as a help and advisory service throughout the rest of their grooming career.   

All new learners are provided with their own kit, which they purchase at the time of booking. However, we understand that refresher students attending this course are likely to be in possession of their own grooming equipment (including grooming clippers) and we are happy for you to bring this along should you wish to do so. If you need to purchase any equipment, we will be happy to provide supplier details should you need it (some of whom we have preferential terms agreed with for our students).   


As an alternative to the above courses. Students with grooming industry experience may wish to professionally develop their skills further and add a nationally accredited qualification as they never got round to gaining it. We can help you add the OCN Level 3 Dog Grooming Diploma to your cv, this is ofqual regulated and industry recognised and for those with a good thorough knowledge and skill set, we can "fast track" (meaning they would not undergo training just assessment) you to achievement of level 3. Giving them the kudos of the highly qualified Level 3 Dog Groomer, who then may wish to partake in one of our teaching qualifications.

There will always be room for improvement. For learners on the fast track, this option is not a course and only available for those who are competent groomers, evidence will have to be provided. Call us if you are interested in this option.

We also oversee many of the qualifications offered by other Awarding Organisations such as 

ABC  to include Level 3 award in Dog grooming and can also direct you through a  City & Guilds provider too .

Feel free to drop us a line and ask if there is anything you are interested in studying, we will do our very best to enable you.

Further information


All courses are held at our premises in Manchester.

We do however have connections with our learning provider, so if Manchester is not an option for you please contact one of our teachers at our dog grooming school as chances are we have someone qualified close by you.

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