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Certificate or AIM Diploma in Animal Care (Intermediate) - Level 2


This course is for those who are looking to start a career within the animal care industry.

Throughout your time on the 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. 

Combining both practical and theory learning, you will study at the Derby Road site for two or three days either in a classroom or the new animal care facility. You’ll also spend one day a week at a local farm to develop your practical skills.

Currently, we work alongside White Post Farm where you will have the opportunity to handle and administer medication to small animals and learn to handle, move and administer medication to large farm stock and also carry out husbandry on a wide range of animals from exotics to companion animals. 

There is an expectation that you will complete 150 hours of work experience during the programme that the careers team will help you to find.

Start dates and fees

Start DateDurationCodeAnnual Fee (Age)Actions
16-18over 19
Sep 20221 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.

What will I study?

  • Animal biology
  • Animal behaviour and handling
  • Maintaining animal health and welfare
  • Working in the animal care industry
  • Caring for exotic animals
  • Introduction to caring for farm livestock.

Entry requirements


  • A minimum of five GCSEs - three at grade 3 to include maths and two at grade 4 to include English language. Plus a minimum of two weeks’ work experience in a relevant and validated animal care organisation.
  • Or, completion of the Animal Care (Beginner) - Level 1 (or a related qualification) and two GCSEs at grade 3 in English language and maths.


  • A minimum of four GCSEs - three at grade 3 to include maths and one at grade 4 in English language.
  • Or, completion of the Animal Care (Beginner) - Level 1 (or a related qualification) or relevant industry experience in an animal care organisation and two GCSEs at grade 3 in English language and maths.

Applicants aged over 19:

  • If you do not have the entry requirements listed above you may still be accepted to study if you can provide relevant experience, a strong portfolio of work and a commitment to the subject.

Study programmes - essential skills for employment

As an entry requirement on some of our courses, you will need a GCSE in both English and maths with at least a grade 4/C (please see entry requirements above).

If this isn’t displayed under the entry requirements and you don’t currently have a GCSE in both English and maths at grade 4/C or above before joining us, you will then study English and maths as part of your programme with the aim of achieving a qualification with at least a grade 4/C. This is to help improve your chances of employment once you leave us.

In addition, to help you gain essential skills for employment, all students aged 19 and under and studying a full-time course with us will take part in our study programmes.

How long is the course?

1 year.

How will I be assessed?

For the City and Guilds Technical you will be assessed through an exam which is 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).

For the Aim Diploma you will be assessed ongoing through practical assessments and coursework.

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 can I progress onto?

  • Extended Diploma in Animal Management (Advanced) - Level 3
  • An apprenticeship   


How do I apply?

Apply online

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