Course Overview

Work-based Diploma in Animal Care Level 2

To achieve the level 2 qualification you will complete a range of topics which will include:

• Diseases and Disorders
• Feeding and Nutrition
• Animal Biology

This qualification has been specifically designed to develop the knowledge and skills to prepare you for employment within an animal care setting. The programme covers a wide range of skills, including: implement, monitor and evaluate plans for the health and welfare of animals, promote, monitor and maintain health, safety and security in the workplace, plan the handling and restraint of Animals, plan, supervise and control the movement of animals and monitor and evaluate the accommodation of animals

The day starts at 9.00am and ends at 4.00pm. There are breaks in the morning, afternoon, and one hour for lunch. No attendance is required during half term and holidays. Breaks are for one hour, which can vary, starting from 11:30am. Learners are allowed off-site for lunch, we have basic catering facilities such as fridges & microwaves, if you wish to bring a packed lunch. Alternatively, we are surrounded by a great selection of cafés and restaurant’s all within walking distance.Progression onto further education and higher education or you can apply for an apprenticeship. These programmes address the need to prepare young people for employment, developing skills enabling you to thrive in the workplace.

On completion of this qualification, you can progress onto a Level 3 Diploma in Work-based Animal Care. Or you could move into employment as an Animal Care Worker within a range of settings, including Kennels or Catteries, Pet shops, Zoos, Veterinary Practices, Welfare centres and Riding stables.

You will learn in our training centre within one of our fully equipped classrooms with access to our many onsite animals, including ferrets, hamsters, degus, geckos, stick insects and many many more. For each unit your assessor observes and asks questions as you perform tasks to assess your practical, animal handling skills. Your understanding of theory will be carried out within the classroom.

Ideal if you wish to gain a practical qualification in Animal Care through vocational study and have an interest in moving into employment in one of the following sectors; kennels and catteries, breeding, training, conservation or retail of animals and related care products. The structure of this qualification provides learners with the flexibility to develop their knowledge, understanding and skills depending upon their designated career pathway.

Entry requirements

Students will be invited to attend an informal interview which will support your application,  ideally you should aim to have English, maths and a science at grade 4 or above.


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