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Level 2 in Animal Care

Full time course


This programme is aimed at providing learners with the knowledge, experience and skills required to work in the animal care industry or to progress to further study in this field.

What will I study?

Modules studied may include: Work-related Experience, Animal Health & Welfare, Animal Biology and Animal Feeding and Accommodation.

As part of the ethos of upskilling our learners, opportunities to improve their Maths and English skills will be identified in lessons and throughout the course.

Maths and English

A key requirement to obtaining many jobs is achieving a good standard of English and Maths, therefore learners that do not yet have a GCSE grade 4 (grade C) in Maths will re-sit Maths alongside their vocational programme.

What do I need to join?

You will need two GCSEs at grade 2 (grade E) in English and maths.

How long is the course?

1 year.

How will I learn?

Lessons will be a mixture of theory and practical sessions; the practical sessions may include experience with our own on-site animal collection and wherever possible making use of our external partnerships. There will be a variety of assessment methods used (written assessments, observations, presentations and discussions) and learners will gain a thorough understanding of the evidence they are expected to produce.

How will I know how I am doing?

Learners will discuss their own SMART targets with their personal tutor and these will then be specifically designed to enabe learners to progress to other courses. In order to review progress, learners will meet regularly with their personal tutor and feedback on assessments will be provided by teaching staff.

Are there any extra costs?

Learners will be charged materials fees, which will be used to purchase resources for the learners to use on the course (inclusive of PPE), to facilitate educational study visits and to support the learning taking place.

What can I do next?

Learners who successfully complete the qualification, and all other elements of their study programme, may progress to Level 3 (A-level equivalent) courses.

What are my career options?

Learners can find themselves employed in kennels, catteries, pet stores, wildlife parks, dog grooming salons and working with zoological collections.

We would advise all learners to try and secure additional voluntary work in one of these industries alongside their work placement as this could provide enhanced opportunities for employment upon course completion.


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Dates & Costs

Level 2 in Animal Care

Duration: 1 Year
Qualifications: BTEC Level 2 Diploma
Advanced Learner Loans
If you are aged 19 and over you can apply for a new Advanced Learning Loan for this course. Read more.

Tuition Fees

Between the ages of 16-18 you do not need to pay tuition or exam fees for your course. If you are between the ages of 19 and 23 and have not achieved a full Level 2 or Level 3 qualification before, you will not need to pay tuition, exam or material fees using the Level 2 or 3 Entitlement. If you are aged 19 or over, studying a Level 3-6 and a Level 3 Entitlement does not apply, you will need to pay the full cost of the course. You may be eligible for an Advanced Learner Loan to help with the fees. Please contact the College directly for the most up to date fees – these may be subject to change.

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