This introductory course will cover animal welfare, animal biology and animal behaviour. This qualification is for anyone who would like to work in animal care.

This level 2 course is ideal if you are new to animal care or have some knowledge and basic skills. You want to develop your skills, perhaps to start work in a pet shop, animal shelter or kennel or prepare for further training.

The programme will suit those who are just starting out as well as those with some experience. 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
  • Understand the Basic Principles of Animal Biology
  • Introduction to the Principles
  • Practices of Animal Behaviour and Handling.
What Careers Can This Lead To?

A certificate or diploma in Animal Care or Animal Management is designed to help you find work with animals such as;

  • Kennel/cattery worker
  • Pet Store assistant
  • Welfare charity worker and many many more.

Once you’ve completed the Level 2 qualification you can move on to Level 3.

The course is delivered every Friday.

Start time 0930 / finishing at 1530

Students will be invited to attend a short interview at our city centre location, which will support your application,  ideally, you should aim to have English, maths either GCSE or functional skills.  However a passion and a love for working with animals is the priority requirement.

All applications will be reviewed on an individual basis. If you have experience or previous knowledge that will support your application please remember to include it.

Level 2​ courses fully funded if you are: ​
  • a school leaver
  • are 19-23 and do not already have a level 2 qualification
  • are 24+ and unemployed or earn below the National Living Wage annually (£25,000 from 1st August 2024)

All applications will need to meet the eligibility criteria.

If you want to check you are able to access this course for free call for a chat 01752 202266.

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