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Level 2 Certificate in Practical Animal Care Skills (Adult Course)


This course is suitable for students aged 19 and over.

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

During the course you will gain hands-on experience in our indoor and outdoor animal units, working with a wide variety of species, from reptiles and birds to exotic mammals.

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:

  • Animal health and wellbeing
  • Preparing and maintaining animal accommodation
  • Preparing and providing animal food
  • Health and safety

You will also undertake a work experience placement alongside your studies.

How is it assessed?

During this course, you will be assessed by completing workbooks and practical assessments.

Tutors will also support you to find and complete 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 three GCSEs at grade 3 or above, including English or maths, and preferably a minimum of 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 further details, please visit our financial support pages.

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

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

You may also choose to enhance your knowledge, preparing you for a higher level role in the industry, by progressing on to further learning.

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.

Ref: Megan Fieldhouse / Rebecca Hunt

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.