What you'll learn

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: maintain animal health and welfare, undertake practical animal feeding, maintain animal accommodation and understand the basic principles of animal biology.

You wish to gain a qualification in animal care through the vocational study and have an interest in moving into employment in one of the following sectors; Kennels and Catteries, breeding, training, preservation 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.

On completion of this qualification, you can progress into employment as an Animal Care Worker within a range of settings, including Kennels and 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 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.

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.

You will need to have achieved a Level 2 in a related subject or have two A Levels or grade 8/9 in English, Maths and a Science.


Full Course Cost = £4,425.00

Co-funded £2,212.50

Funding is available depending on your circumstances. FREE if you are either:

  • Aged 16-18
  • Aged 19+ Employed and earn less than £16,009.50
  • Aged 19+ Unemployed and in receipt of benefits