Study Type
Full Time
Study Level
Level 2
Start Date:
36 weeks

Course Sheets

Entry requirements
Who the course is for
The level 2 courses are designed as specialist qualifications for students who have a clear view of their future career or are seeking progression to level 3. They are equivalent to GCSEs and are highly valued by employers.
What the interview will involve

You will be sent a career plan prior to your interview date to complete and bring along with you on the day. The interview is a two-way process which will give you the opportunity to discuss the course and suitability with the subject tutor.

What you will learn

You may study any of the following units depending on the size of level 2 qualification that you take: 

  • Animal Biology 
  • Animal Behaviour and Handling 
  • Animal Health  
  • Work Experience in the Animal Sector 
  • Animal Feeding 
  • Animal Accommodation 
  • Animal Establishments 
How you will learn
You will learn through a combination of assignments, projects and practical activities based around your theoretical knowledge. Particularly important will be the development of key employment skills relevant to work in this area. To assist with this you will undertake a mandatory work experience placement which is usually one day per week.
Work placement
Yes, compulsory part of course

The level 2 courses are highly valued by employers and universities. Students may take up employment opportunities in: 

  • Animal charities 
  • Zoos 
  • Kennels/catteries 
  • Animal technician 
  • Voluntary organisations 

Learners may also wish to progress to level 3 study after completing a full level 2 diploma and on recommendation by the tutor. 


There may be a cost for purchasing equipment or uniform for this course. Find out about financial support available.

Qualifications you will get
Step-Up to Level 2 (non qualification route) Level 2 Certificate, Extended Certificate or Diploma in Animal Care (each option has the opportunity to top up to the next programme)
Additional information

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