Level 2 Animal Care
About this course

This course is aimed at learners who are ambitious about working with animals and who wish to progress onto further study or into employment within Animal Care or related industries. Offering you experience in animal care, providing a specialised approach for progression on the Level 3 Diploma or into employment in the animal sector, you will also get experience of routine animal handling on a weekly basis, enabling you to develop skills in domestic and exotic animal care.

While studying at Lackham in our animal centre, farm park and grooming parlour, you will work with a wide variety of animals including dogs, cats, small mammals, birds, reptiles, fish, farm livestock, ponies, donkeys and exotic species such as meerkats and lemurs.

Various organisations and events will be visited during the course of the year to allow you to develop a realistic understanding of the animal industry, such as welfare centres, zoos and much more. 

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What will I learn?

As part of this course you will also gain 150 hours of industry experience in the animal sector to suit career goals.

During this course you will learn about:

  • Health & Safety
  • Work Experience
  • Animal Feeding 
  • Animal Health and Welfare 
  • Behaviour and Handling 
  • Animal Biology
  • Britsh Wildlife
  • Caring for Zoo Animals

Please be aware that units may be subject to review and change in order to improve the course.

Entry requirements

Applicants are required to have the following:

  • 4 GCSEs Grade D or above including English and Maths or equivalent
  • or successful completion of relevant subject at Level 1
  • Demonstrate a positive and responsible attitude towards working with animals
  • A good reference
  • A satisfactory interview
Study, assessment and qualifications
The course provides opportunities for you to study during your time-tabled week; however, to support your learning experience and to achieve higher grades, you will be expected to work in your own time.
You will be assessed through written and practical assignments and industry based assessments.
The final qualification will be a City & Guilds Level 2 Technical Certificate in Animal Care & Welfare.
Additional costs and information
Trips and visits to shows and other animal related events are important aspects of the programme, allowing you to appreciate the diverse range of career opportunities and organisations within the sector.
Learners will be expected to cover the cost of trips and other enrichment activities via the College on-line shop.
Polo shirts are available to purchase from the college for £6.00 each and must be worn during all practical sessions.
You will also need to purchase your own personal protective equipment.
What could I do next?
If you achieve a good grade (Merit or Distinction) within the Level 2 Diploma in Animal Care qualification, you could progress to the Level 3 Advanced Technical Extended Diploma in Animal Management.
Potential careers and employment opportunities range from; assistant dog groomer, working pupil, customer care assistant, veterinary assistant, shop assistant, marketing assistant, customer care assistant, receptionist, sales executive for organisations such as; RSPCA and Guide Dogs for the Blind Association, boarding and or breeding kennels and catteries, zoos, pet shops, grooming parlours, local authorities, theme parks, bird parks, a volunteer, worker or other animal related occupations.