BTEC Level 2 Diploma in Animal Care

Full Time

Animal Care – Level 2 Diploma

ANIMAL CARE AT A GLANCE

The course will focus on developing your skills and knowledge of animal husbandry through a mix of engaging classroom sessions, practical animal handling and work experience.

Qualification:

Level 2

Duration:

1 year

What will I learn?

The course will focus on developing your skills and knowledge of animal husbandry through a mix of engaging classroom sessions, practical animal handling and work experience.

This is a highly practical course but has core theory elements to prepare you for your next steps, some of the units you can expect to undertake are; Practical animal health, Animal welfare, Feeding, Accommodating and Moving animals as well as an Introduction to Biology. This varied and robust course gives you a full overview of expected knowledge to work in the industry as well as progression into our level 3 course.

You will gain hands-on experience with our rare breed farm livestock, exotic animals, domestic pets and birds in the Animal Management Centre and will be able to be part of shaping our growing collection.

Your animal lessons will be mixed practical and theory over a 3 day period, you will then have one free day for work experience and another for study. The compulsory work experience unit is an excellent opportunity for students to have a foothold into the sector, students will partake in lessons to prepare them for placements and have the full support of our college work experience team.

Assessments for each unit can vary but there is an external exam in Biology as well as an external synoptic exam in Animal welfare. Students are supported to learn exam techniques to effectively complete these elements of the assessment. Other assessments are based on coursework, portfolios and assignments for each unit. Every grade a student achieves goes towards their final grade, this is a good opportunity for all students to succeed.

You will also work towards Functional Skills or GCSE in Maths and English. We would recommend that if taking both Functional skills for English and Maths you consider studying at level 1 first as students can only progress to level 3 if they have one GCSE in English or Maths which means that progression on to a higher level is not possible if students are studying for both Functional skills.

Topics covered

  • Animal handling and husbandry

  • Animal Health

  • Feeding and accommodation

  • Behaviour of a wide range of animals

  • Animal biology

  • Work experience

Entry requirements

Four GCSEs at grade 3 or above, English and Maths at grade 3 or a Level 1 in Animal Care with either units at a Merit or recommendation for the course.

What can I study next?

  • Level 3 in Animal Management

  • Apprenticeships in the industry – Veterinary Technician, Canine Carer, Dog groomer

Careers

  • Kennels or Cattery Assistant

  • Pet Grooming

  • Veterinary Assistant

  • Assistant Dog Trainer

Contact

Please email enrolment@newcollege.ac.uk for any enquiries