What you will learn
This qualification has been specifically designed to develop the knowledge and skills to prepare you for employment within an animal care setting. The programme covers a wide range of skills, including: maintain animal
health and welfare, undertake practical animal feeding, maintain animal accommodation and understand the basic principles of animal biology.

This qualifications also includes a Certificate in Animal Health, Husbandry, and Handling Level 2
City & Guilds | Grading: Pass/Merit/Distinction/Distinction*

Ideal if
You wish to gain a qualification in animal care through the vocational study and have an interest in moving into employment in one of the following sectors; Kennels and Catteries, breeding, training, preservation or retail of animals and related care products. The structure of this qualification provides learners with the flexibility to develop their knowledge, understanding and skills depending upon their designated career pathway.

What to expect
You will learn in our training centre within one of our fully equipped classrooms with access to our many onsite animals, including ferrets, hamsters, degus, geckos, stick insects and many more. For each unit your assessor observes and asks questions as you perform tasks to assess your practical animal handling skills. Your understanding of theory will be carried out within the classroom.

What next
On completion of this qualification, you can progress onto a Level 3 in Advanced Technical certificate in Animal Management. You could move into employment as an Animal Care Worker within a range of settings, including Kennels and Catteries, Pet shops, Zoos, Veterinary Practices, Welfare centres and Riding stables.

Animal Care Field trips
Every year we go on a number of trips throughout your course, including visiting places such as Dartmoor Zoological Park, The National Marine Aquarium as well as a number of local farms. Wider curriculum activities visitors come from organisations such as the RSPCA, Animal Shelters and Birds of Prey Specialists. These visits will inspire you to explore the many different types of job roles in the sector as well as supporting your study.

Work Placement and Hours
Students are required to complete 150 hours at a good quality work experience placement, to enhance your knowledge and skills and to develop employability skills. This can be across a variety of different types of organisation such as an Animal Care Assistant in a Kennels or Cattery, a Pet Retail Assistant or in a Vet Surgery.

What it feels like to be a student
Class group sizes are between 10 to 20 students, with a dedicated tutor. Support staff are on site such as pastoral care, finance and careers advice.

“I just completed a Level 2 Animal Care course and can’t recommend everyone enough! Tutors are amazing, the facilities are brilliant and the
support system in place is outstanding! I can’t wait to start Level 3 next month”.

Students come from a variety of schools across Plymouth, they all help each other out and develop a really good bond over the year, encouraging each other to achieve. Most students never want to leave, and progress onto higher level courses.

Attendance days
09:00 – 16:00 Friday |Term time only 

Salary and Career expectations
As a qualified Animal Care Worker, you can expect, on average, a starting salary of £13,500 and can go up to £22,000, when you have gained experience within your specific sector. Professional careers can exceed salaries of £50,000 or more. Students have opportunities to progress into employment or to move onto the advanced level qualifications, such as the Diploma in Work Based Animal Care Level 3 or the Advanced Technical Certificate in Animal Management Level 3.

Students will be invited to attend an informal interview which will support your application.

Level 2​ courses fully funded if you are: ​
  • are 19-23 and do not already have a level 2 qualification
  • are 24+ and unemployed or earn below the National Living Wage annually (£20,319 from April 2023)
  If you want to check you are able to access this course for free call for a chat 01752 202266.

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