Animal Care Technical 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

BTEC Technical Diploma in Animal Care – Pearson Education Ltd
Reference: 60304200

You will need 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 one-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.

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).

This course qualifies for the T Level Foundation Programme. Completion of this course will provide you with a high-quality transition route onto T Levels, if you would benefit from the additional study time and preparation that it will give you before starting a T Level course.

This is a full-time course. If you are aged 16, 17 or 18 at the start of this course, your tuition, exams and materials fees will be paid for you in full as long as you meet some basic criteria for UK residence. Find out more on our Fees and Funding page. If you are eligible, you can also apply for support with travel and other costs through our bursary process. Further information will be provided when you enrol.

If you are aged 19 or over on the day your course starts, you may be entitled to help with tuition fees for some courses. If you are in receipt of employment benefits, have a low income, or are studying towards your first substantial qualification, you may be entitled to free tuition. You will need to pay a materials fee if applicable to your course. Find further information about help with tuition fees on our Fees and Funding page.

Isabella’s story

Isabella began with the Technical Diploma in Animal Management and Welfare (Level 2), then pursued the Animal Management Diploma and Extended Diploma (Level 3). Isabella’s story