Animal Care Apprenticeship Level 2 - Bridgwater & Taunton College

Course Overview

You need to be employed to start an Apprenticeship. Please visit our vacancy page or contact 01278 441234 if you have an employer. If you are unable to secure employment, you could enrol on a full-time study programme and transfer to an Apprenticeship at a later date. Please apply for a full-time course as your second option.

This flexible qualification suits practical learners with a passion for animals who want to improve their knowledge and competence.

You have the option to study two pathways – dog grooming or animal care and welfare. To be successful, you must complete a range of mandatory and optional units. The selection of optional units depends on your pathway.

Examples of units may include:

  • Control and restrain animals
  • Maintain the cleanliness and bio security of the animal care working environment
  • Provide opportunities for animals to have freedom to exercise
  • Prepare and groom animals
  • Prepare feed for animals
  • Contribute to the evaluation and implementation of basic animal training programmes

Assessment Methods

Assessment includes written coursework, an online portfolio, expert witness statements provided by employer and a practical assessment in the workplace.

Progression Options

Having successfully completed this course, you can progress to the Level 3 qualification. Alternatively you may choose to continue to work within your current employment and use the knowledge you have gained to move into a supervisory position.

Course Summary

Course Title Animal Care Apprenticeship Level 2
Entry Requirements

You need five GCSEs in the 9 to 2 (A* to E) range or other equivalent
qualifications. Industry experience is required and full-time employment within
an animal care sector is essential. You will be invited to attend an interview
to assess your suitability for the course.

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Spotlight

I’m really proud of what I’ve achieved so far. I’ve never been a confident person, so the thought of work experience and spending time with a group of strangers seemed impossible. Now everything’s changed - I completed work experience with the National Animal Welfare Trust at Heaven’s Gate and met some lovely people. This valuable experience reinforced that looking after animals really is my dream job.

Molly Brown- Level 1 Diploma in Animal & Horse Care

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