Level 2 Diploma in Animal Care (Adult Course)

This course is suitable for students aged 19 and over.

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.

During this one-year course, you will develop your understanding of animal health and behaviour, animal biology, animal accommodation and conservation.

You will also have the opportunity to complete a work placement in the industry, to enhance your experience and skills.

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.

The course takes place at St Helens College, STEM Centre Campus, St Helens, WA9 1TT.

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:

  • Behaviour and handling
  • Feeding and accommodation
  • Health and welfare
  • Work experience
  • Conservation
  • Biology

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 four GCSEs at grade 3 or above, including English and maths, and preferably a minimum or three days voluntary experience within the animal sector.

What are the course fees?

Course fees are dependent on your personal circumstances and you may be eligible for funding. For more information on the financial support that may be available, please visit our dedicated financial support pages.

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.

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.

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.

I'm interested in this course, what should I do next?

If you would like to submit an application to study this course, simply fill in our online form here.

However, if you still have questions in relation to this course and wish to receive further information, please submit your enquiry here.

Programmes funded by the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority's Adult Education Budget are available to study here. Please visit Student Services for further information about the financial support available to you.

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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.