Level 2 Award in Basic Stockmanship and Welfare

Course overview

This short course will prepare you for practical assessment of the skills needed to demonstrate competence in the handling, health and enclosure assessment for specified grazing animals (sheep, goats and cattle).

You will also learn the underpinning legislative and health and safety knowledge required to comply with codes of recommended good welfare practice and safe working.

The assessment is divided into two compulsory outcomes: The Principles of Basic Stockmanship and Welfare, and Carry Out Basic Stockmanship and Welfare Activities. 

The first outcome will be assessed by an online multiple choice GOLA examination comprising 30 questions. You must achieve 24 correct answers to pass the assessment. The second outcome is assessed by one-to-one oral questioning and observation of practical performance by an NPTC qualified assessor. 

Appropriate Personal Protective Equipment must be correctly selected and worn at all times during the practical assessment and all equipment operated in such a way that the candidate, assessor, third parties, animals or other equipment are not endangered. You must successfully achieve all assessment activities in all outcomes.

This course places a high emphasis on the Five Freedoms Act. 

You will learn

  • How to implement correct housing requirements
  • How to manage environmental factors and emergencies
  • How to conduct livestock checks
  • How to deal with abortion
  • Health care and welfare
  • Biosecurity and vermin control
Entry requirements
  • There are no formal entry requirements but candidates should ideally possess prior experience of working with a range of livestock
  • You must provide and wear appropriate PPE, it must comply with all legal requirements and be safe for use for each of the skills listed in the published assessment schedule