Level 2 Diploma in Animal Care

You will gain hands-on experience with a wide variety of species, from reptiles and birds, to native mammals such as our Japanese raccoon dog, Lupin!

This will provide you with the confidence, knowledge and experience needed to secure employment within the growing sector.

In order to gain an understanding of the industry, you will also undertake a work placement, enhancing your CV and employability prospects.

When will I start the course and how long will it take?

The course will start in September and will take one year to complete.

What will I study?

During this one year course, you will gain an understanding of the various aspects of animal management through a number of units such as:

  • Work-related experience
  • Animal feeding
  • Animal accommodation
  • Animal handling and behaviours
  • Animal biology
  • Animal health and behaviour
  • Animal conservation

How is it assessed?

You will be assessed by a combination of written assignments, practical assessments and group work throughout the course.

Tutors will also support you to find and complete a minimum of 150 hours work experience, which will enhance your CV and boost your employability skills.

Do I need any previous qualifications to start this course?

You should have five GCSEs at grade 3 (equivalent to grade D) or above, including English and maths.

Achieving a good standard of English and maths is a key requirement for many jobs, as well as for courses you may wish to progress on to. If you achieve below a grade 4 in your English and/or maths GCSEs at school, you will study it alongside your chosen course when you join us.

What are the course fees?

If you are a school leaver, aged 16-18, (under the age of 19 on or before 31st August 2019), you do not pay tuition fees or examination and registration fees and may be eligible for additional support depending on your financial situation. For more information, please visit our dedicated financial support page.

What can I go on to do once I have completed this course?

This course will provide you with the knowledge, skills and confidence needed to gain employment within the industry.

Former students who have completed this course have gone on to secure jobs in wildlife establishments, kennels, catteries, animal welfare organisations, charities, equine centres and veterinary practices.

You'll also have the opportunity to enhance your knowledge and skills, preparing you for university or a higher level role in the industry, by progressing on to:

  • Level 3 Diploma in Animal Managament

Ref: Katie Owen

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Inspiring Success

Skott

“My passion for working with animals and educating others about wildlife is what drives me to work in the industry.”

Skott, Level 3 Extended Diploma

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Why study Animal Management with us?

Onsite Animal Units

Our indoor and outdoor animal units house mammals, reptiles, birds and other exotic creatures.

Progression Routes

Your course can help you to secure a place at university or a job in the industry.

Industry Links

We have lots of industry links with Dogs Trust, Knowsley Safari and many more!

Industry Experts

Our tutors are experienced industry experts and passionate about Animal Management.

The Dog Studio

We have a fully equipped, commercial dog grooming unit on site.

Interactive Learning

Your learning is very interactive and engaging as you work with over 50 different animal species.