Animal Care (Level 2) — Full-time
If you enjoy and have some experience in caring for animals, and you would like a career in a related industry such as zoos, animal welfare or the equestrian industry then course is for you.
You’ll learn all about:
- Animal accommodation
- Feeding and grooming
- Animal health
- Behaviour and handling
- Animal biology
- Land-based industries and breeding
You can expect work experience and visits to animal centres such as Stonebridge City Farm and local riding stables. We also organise visits to places such as Southwell Racecourse, Crufts, Twycross Zoo and Yorkshire Wildlife Park. You’ll also develop your literacy and numeracy skills and complete work experience while gaining a qualification to recognise your achievement.
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664 Nuthall Road
Start: Monday 4th September 2023
Course code: C000478 / Q002629
City & Guilds Level 2 Diploma in Animal Studies.
You’ll need 4 GCSEs at grades 9–3 (A*–D), including English Language and Maths – one of English Language or Maths must be grade 9–4 (A*–C).
Functional Skills Level 1 can be used as equivalent to GCSE Grade 3 (D) and Functional Skills Level 2 can be used as equivalent to GCSE Grade 4 (C) or above.
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Assessment is based on assignments related to college study, work placement experience and field trips. Assessment is continuous throughout the course.
Choose to follow with further study in animal management or a Diploma in horse care, which could lead to various careers.
Animal nutrition is a growing area with opportunities in animal health, feed development and sales. Local government and animal enforcement organisations employ graduates to protect the welfare of pets, livestock and leisure animals like those used for racing and riding.
There are a vast number of career options in the industry – whether you would like to be an Animal Carer, an Animal Welfare Officer, a Dog Groomer, a Farm Worker, a Horse Riding Instructor, a Kennel Assistant, a Park Ranger, a Veterinary Nurse or a Zoo Keeper – there are many choices available to you.
Students aged 16-18 don't have to pay tuition fees.
If you are aged 19 or over you may still be eligible for funding. Check out our Financial Help pages to find out more!
If you are an EU/EEA or Swiss National, please visit our EU Settled Status scheme page for more information.
Our Animal Science department
Meet our Animal Science students. They explain why they chose their courses, what the courses entail, and what they enjoy. You can see the range of animals we have, that our students get hands-on experience with to get future ready.