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Animal Care - Level 2

Overview

The qualification you receive will be the City & Guilds Level 2 Technical Certificate in Animal Care.  Throughout your time on your course, you will study animal biology, behaviour and handling. You will understand how to maintain the health and welfare of animals, care for exotic animals and what it is like to work in an animal care industry. You will access the Derby Road site on two or 3 days for classroom-based delivery and one day at a local farm for the practical tasks.

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Work experience

You will be required to undertake 150 hours work experience, 60 hours which will be required prior to enrolment. 

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Entry requirements

Four GCSE’s at 3/D or above to include maths. Plus English GCSE at grade 4/C and a minimum of two weeks' work experience in a animal care at a relevant and validated organsation; or at least two GCSEs at grade 3/D or above including English and maths and Level 1 in Animal Care (or a related qualification) at Merit level or Distinction.

You will need to supply at least one written reference from a teacher or employer (in some cases two) and/or your current school or college report.

Mature students (those aged 21 or over) who do not have the qualifications required for entry may still be eligible. Relevant experience, a strong portfolio of work and a commitment to the subject you wish to study may be acceptable for certain courses.

Start dates and fees

Start DateDurationCodeAnnual Fee (Age)Actions
16-18over 19
Sep 20211 yr(s)2486A1073FREE£500.00** EApply

E You may be eligible for fee exemption depending on your circumstances. Please see our adult finance and funding page for more information.

How long is the course?

One year.

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How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed through an exam which linked to all the core modules.  You will also be assessed through course work and a synoptic assessment (which incorporates practical assessments and controlled course work).

What does the course lead to?

Upon completion of the course you could gain employment in a role related to the skills and knowledge you develop on the course.

What will I study?

  • Maintain Animal Health and Welfare
  • Animal feeding and accommodation
  • Animal behaviour and handling
  • Working in the animal care industry
  • The principles of animal biology
  • British wildlife species, habitats and rehabilitation
  • Care of exotic animals

Study programmes

It is an entry requirement for some courses to have gained GCSEs A*-C in English and maths (see entry requirements). If the entry requirements to a course do not require A*-C in these subjects, and you haven’t already gained GCSEs A*-C in English and maths before joining us, you will continue to study English and maths as part of your programme and take appropriate qualifications in these subjects with the aim of achieving A* to C grade. In addition, to help you gain essential skills for employment, every student aged under 19 and studying a full-time course at college will take part in our study programmes alongside their main subject qualification. Find out more.

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How do I apply?

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100% A Level pass rate in 2020

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