- Subject Area
- Animal Care
- Age Group
(Full Time - 20 weeks)
If you’re eager to gain experience within the animal sector, this Level 2 City & Guilds Diploma in Animal Care could be a great place to begin. It’s an ideal course for anyone who may be moving into an Apprenticeship or applying for an animal management qualification, setting you up for a rewarding career in the industry.
The course lasts one year, and is both practical and theory based, as you learn about, interact and work with a wide range of animals. You’ll learn how to look after their health and welfare, and take part in practical animal feeding, as well as understanding the appropriate areas for different animals to live and sleep in and discovering how to maintain this accommodation correctly.
You’ll get an introduction to the principles of animal behaviour, learn how to care for zoo animals, and develop a good understanding of British wildlife species and their habitats. As part of the course, you’ll also spend one day a week on a work experience placement within the animal care industry.
You’ll need to have at least four GCSEs at grade D/E or above, including both English Language and Maths. Beyond that, we don’t need any other qualifications, but you will have to set up and complete a work placement – with written evidence – as part of the course. Due to government changes to grading systems for GCSES in 16/17, please follow the below link to see specific entry criteria for school leavers School Leaver Entry Requirements
How will I be assessed?
Each of the seven modules on this course are assessed via both practical sessions and written coursework. You’ll take part in some field and zoo trips, and also gather a variety of evidence during your work placement.
Continuing Your Journey
Once you’ve achieved this Level 2 qualification, you’ll be able to continue onto a BTEC Level 3 Diploma with us here at The Manchester College, in Animal Management or Animal Management with Science. You could study a degree level course in a number of different subjects, like Marine Biology, Animal Behaviour, Veterinary Nursing, or Zoology.Careers page
From here, there will be huge choice of options for a career in animal care. You could be doing anything from working as a nurse in a vets' surgery, to rescuing pets for a charity, from conducting inspections for the RSPCA to working as a professional dog groomer or animal breeder!
Fees, Finance & Funding
You’ll find that there’s lots of different support available to help you pay for College and finance your education, including tuition fee loans, special grants and bursaries, and a number of extra funding opportunities, depending on your circumstances. You can find out everything you need to know on our dedicated Fees, Finance and Funding page.Fees, finance and funding page
Got a question?
Our course enquiries team is on-hand to answer any questions you might have about this qualification, the application process, enrolment, or anything else about life at The Manchester College.Make an enquiry
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Interact with an incredible range of animals, both domestic and exotic, discover how and why animals behave like they do, and follow your passion for these wonderful creatures with a career in animal care – all from right here in Manchester at our Northenden campus.