Level 2 Award in Basic Stockmanship and Welfare

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The aim of this short 4-day course is to prepare students for practical skill and vital underpinning knowledge assessment in the application of welfare principles to livestock care and management.

The Course
This is a part-time course leading to practical assessment of the skills needed to demonstrate competence in the handling, health and enclosure assessment for specified grazing animals (sheep, goats, cattle) – and the underpinning legislative and H&S knowledge required to comply with codes of recommended good welfare practice and safe working

Ideally candidates should have prior experience of working with one or more of the nominated types of grazing livestock (sheep, goats, cattle)

Course Content
The course develops knowledge and competence in the following areas:

  • Housing requirements
  • Environmental factors and emergencies
  • Livestock checks
  • Dealing with abortion
  • Health care and welfare
  • Biosecurity and vermin control
  • Conduct of basic stockmanship and welfare activities – practical assessment

The assessment is divided in to 2 compulsory outcomes:

  1. The principles of basic stockmanship and welfare
  2. Carry out basic stockmanship and welfare activities

Outcome 1 (underpinning knowledge) is assessed by an on-line multiple choice GOLA examination comprising 30 questions. Candidates must achieve 24 correct answers to pass the assessment

Outcome 2 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.

Candidates must successfully achieve all assessment activities in all outcomes

Qualification Gained
An award of competence demonstrates that the successful candidate has practical experience, technical knowledge and ability which have been independently and reliably assessed

Candidates successfully achieving all assessment activities in all outcomes will be eligible for a Level 2 Award in Basic Stockmanship and Welfare (0141-02)

The qualification is accredited onto the Qualifications and Credit Framework (QCF) at level 2 with a value of 4 credits.

Entry Requirements
There are no formal entry requirements but candidates should ideally possess prior experience of working with a range of livestock.

For the practical part of the assessment, candidates will be expected to provide and wear appropriate PPE. They must ensure it complies with all legal requirements and is safe for use for each of the skills listed in the published assessment schedule.

The college will be responsible for arranging assessment on behalf of a candidate. Assessment may only be carried out by an Assessor approved by C&G for that scheme.

Practical sessions are carried out in the College’s specialist animal areas and competencies will normally be developed with a range of livestock at Forty Hall Farm.
Competence assessment may be carried out at a centre other than Capel Manor
Fees Practical instruction and underpinning knowledge are delivered over four days.

Candidates must attend for practical and Evolve assessment at a time and place to be agreed

Course Fee TBC

Fees are payable in advance, cheques payable to Capel Manor College and must accompany a completed short course enrolment form, downloadable from our website at www.capel.ac.uk/shortcourses/. Alternatively, please call Professional Short Courses on 08456 122122 Ext 1245


  • Enfield (Forty Hall)

Dates and costs to be confirmed