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Focussing upon the major principles and practices of animal care and welfare, you will be able to start or build on a career in the Animal Care Industry. Level 2 is ideal if you are new to animal care or have some knowledge and basic skills. You want to develop your skills, perhaps to start work in a pet shop, animal shelter or kennel or prepare for further training.

  • What will I learn?

    Build on your experience of animal husbandry, working hands-on with wildlife in a busy Hospital. This nationally recognised, accredited qualification builds on your knowledge of animal care.

  • Example modules

    • Animal Feeding and Accommodation
    • Animal Behaviour and Handling
    • Animal Nursing
    • The Principles of Animal Biology
    • British Wildlife Species, Habitats and Rehabilitation
  • How will I be assessed?

    Progress and achievement is recorded throughout the year via practical assessments and written assignments. Students are expected to complete assignments at home to improve their overall background knowledge.

  • Entry Requirements

    3 GCSEs at grade 2-3 (D-E) or above, including English and Maths. OR A full Level 1 qualification in an animal-related subject, plus be working at Level 1 in English and Maths.

    All students need to be enthusiastic, complete a successful interview, plus attend every day of a hands-on trial week.

  • Progression & Career Opportunities

    As part of the Level 2 Animal Care qualification you will be given support in moving into the industry. Achieving this qualification can help you work in roles such as kennels, catteries, pet shops, zoo keeping, animal welfare, trainee veterinary nurse, veterinary care assistant.

    You may wish to progress on to Level 3 Animal Management course, subject to achieving an overall Merit grade with a Distinction in the Biology unit, plus having demonstrated commitment to learning.

  • Cost of Study

    16-18 year olds receive fee funding (which does not cover course contribution fee).

    19+ year olds may qualify for full or partial course fees funding (which does not cover course contribution fee), depending on eligibility criteria.

    Course fees are £1,171 for the course. Payment in instalments may be possible, but needs to be agreed in advance. On enrolment, ALL students will need to provide a course contribution fee of £70.00, this covers uniform tops, stationery and local visits. This is not covered by course fees/funding.

  • Additional Information

    The course is 12 months, four days a week (Fridays, two other week days, plus one day at the weekend). 16-18 year olds may be required to take English and Maths classes at Colleges Aylesbury Campus as part of the course if they do not have 9-4 / A*-C grade GCSEs.

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Course Details

Qualification Level Level 2
Study Mode Full-Time Course
Start Date September
Duration 52 Weeks
Course Code CSB2ANIM-1
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Charley Sisson

Charley Sisson

Level 3 Animal Managment

"I applied to study with Tiggy winkles as it is a more interactive way of learning and had the opportunity to work hands on with animals. I have daily responsibilities of nurturing the animals, making sure they are health, clean and fed.

I get to look after lots of different animals but my favourite part is definably being able to work with deer’s.

I have applied to study veteran nursing at Oxford University."

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