Focussing upon the major principles and practices of animal care and welfare, from managing a pet shop or grooming dogs to caring for exotic animals, you will be able to start or build on a career in the Animal Care Industry. This course will help you develop the skills to be a more senior worker or manager, or to prepare for higher-level training.
What will I learn?
You will cover topics including animal biology, husbandry and animal nutrition. You'll also gain plenty of practical experience in your choice of skills, from wildlife surveys to animal training.
- Animal Feeding and Nutrition
- Animal Behaviour and Communication
- Biological Systems of Animals
- Wildlife and Ecology Conservation
- Wildlife Management and Rehabilitation
How will I be assessed?
To earn this qualification, you must complete a range of mandatory and optional units. Learning will be through practical sessions, group discussions, research and assignments.
5 GCSEs including English, Maths and Science at grade 4 / C or above. OR Level 2 Animal Care Diploma at Merit Grade, with a Distinction in the Biology Unit. Plus independent study skills are required to work at this level.
Progression & Career Opportunities
You can progress onto University, as this course has UCAS points, or into employment. Achieving this qualification may help you work in roles such as: Animal physiotherapist; Animal technician; Applied animal behaviourist; Animal trainer; Dog handler; Kennel manager; Pet shop manager; Zoo keeper.
Cost of Study
16-18 year olds receive fee funding (which does not cover uniform costs). Course fees are £1,370, not including uniform costs. Payment in instalments may be possible, but needs to be agreed in advance. 19-23 year olds may qualify for full or partial course fees funding (not including uniform costs), depending on eligibility criteria. Students aged 24+ may be eligible to apply for a student loan to cover the costs of the course and expenses. Students will need to purchase uniform and stationery at a cost of approximately £120. During the course there will be the opportunity to attend trips at an approximate cost of £100.
The course is 24 months, five days a week, including one day at the weekend. Students must pass their first year to progress to the second year. 16-18 year olds may be required to take English and Maths classes as part of the course, if they do not have 9-4 / A*-C grade GCSEs.