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Level 2 BTEC Diploma in Animal Care

As part of this course, you will be working towards an industry recognised qualification by gaining hands-on experience with a wide variety of species, from small mammals and reptiles, to birds and domestic pets.

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 as well as positively impacting your university application if you choose to continue your education.

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.

Alternatively, you may have already achieved a level 1 Animal Care qualification and equivalent qualifications and experience will also be considered.

English and maths forms an important part of your future, ensuring you achieve the best success in your chosen career. As part of your study programme, you will work towards achieving your qualifications in English and maths.

What are the course fees?

If you are a school leaver, aged 16-18, (under the age of 19 on or before 31st August 2018), 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 click here.

For adult students aged 19+ course fees are dependent on your personal circumstances and you may be eligible for funding. More information can be provided upon application. For more information on financial support that may be available, please click here.

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 animal management 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 continue your studies at level 3, gaining more advanced knowledge and skills, preparing you for university or a higher level role in the industry.

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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.