Animal Care Diploma (Level 2)

Course overview

This course will provide you with the knowledge, skills, and practical ability to confidently progress on to our Level 3 programmes or to kickstart a hands-on career in the animal care industry.

Over the course of the year, you will study a range of interesting topics including animal biology, welfare, animal health, and behaviour. Our courses have a strong emphasis on developing practical animal handling skills to ensure you become confident in working with a range of species commonly encountered in the industry.

Alongside your course, you will also complete relevant work experience in the animal sector which helps you prepare for your next steps.

You will learn

  • Practical animal health skills
  • The factors impacting animal welfare
  • Animal biology and health
  • Animal feeding
  • Animal behaviour
  • Safe handling and restraint techniques
  • Accommodation design and maintenance
Entry requirements

You will need the following:

• At least four GCSEs at grade 3 and above (D and above) including maths, English or science and/or a Level 1 Diploma in Animal Care or Land-Based Studies at a Pass

Before you start your course, if you are aged between 16 and 18 years, you will be required to attend a fun and practical two-day preparation workshop where you will meet your tutors and other students on your course. Further details will be provided at the point of an offer being made.

Our Level 2 course is a full-time study programme. You will attend lessons for three days per week plus English and/or maths lessons, with the rest of your time being spent on independent study and external industry placement. The average college day runs from 9am to 4pm and consists of a mixture of practical, theory as well as individual tutorial time with your Course Manager.

Successful completion of this course will enable you to progress to our Level 3 courses in animal management and agriculture (subject to entry requirements), an apprenticeship or employment as an animal care assistant within the animal industry (for example, a kennel, cattery, animal charity or wildlife trust).

Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to enter the industry in the following roles:

• Animal technician
• Kennel/cattery assistant
• Pet store assistant
• Rehoming assistant

Emily's story

This course opened my eyes to all the career opportunities within the animal care industry, and provided me with fantastic practical learning with the range of animal species at the College. Emily studied the Animal Care Diploma (Level 2)