Level 2 Animal Care
About this course

The new industry-leading Animal Resource Centre at Lackham is a truly inspiring environment to learn in. The animal resource centre and zoological garden provide learners with a diverse learning experience. The centre is also an approved OSCE exam centre, equipped to deliver Vet Nursing and higher education qualifications.

The Animal Resource Centre houses an extensive range of domestic and exotic animals ranging from reptiles, amphibians, mammals, birds, fish, invertebrates and more. You will also find an array of animals living outdoors around the centre, including several species of birds, ferrets, chickens, lemurs and racoons. As part of your course, you will combine academic study with practical duties in the animal centre, which provides valuable experience when it comes to seeking employment.

Located near the Animal Resource Centre is the Blue Cross Cat Re-homing facility, with accommodation for a number of domestic cats seeking new homes. Students also have access to the grooming parlour, a facility which provides students with the opportunity to learn key skills in animal grooming as part of their 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 qualification 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.

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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.
Practical clothing is available to purchase from the college shop 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.