Course Details

  • 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.

  • Please Click Here to view the specific entry requirements for our 16-18 Study Programmes.

    Work Experience is a vital part of the course and you will be supported in finding a work placement relevant to your study.

  • 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.

  • 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.

    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!

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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