Animal Care Technical Certificate Level 2 - Bridgwater & Taunton College

Course Overview

This broad-based course is designed to be the first step to a career in animal care. It is suitable for anyone who would like to progress on to higher vocational qualifications related to animal management. The course covers both domestic and exotic animals, and if you like science, you will enjoy the animal biology component.

Topics could include:

  • Feeding and accommodation
  • Animal health and welfare
  • Animal behaviour and handling
  • Work related experience
  • Animal biology
  • Animal breeds and grooming
  • British wildlife species, habitats and rehabilitation

Learning takes place using a variety of activities including group work, practical sessions, oral presentations, lectures and peer group assessment. Y

ou also have the opportunity to look after the animals during practical husbandry sessions each week and complete work experience. You could also take part in a study tour to The Eden Project to broaden your knowledge of evolution and man’s impact on the planet through a range of practical activities. Other trips include Crufts and Longleat.

Assessment Methods

There is a Health and safety exam and a synoptic assessment (a combination of practical assessment and written work that combines knowledge from across several units). Other assessment methods include creating a work experience portfolio from the 100 hours work placement you will complete, written coursework and presentations.

Progression Options

If you obtain a high grade at Level 2 with English and maths at GCSE grade 4 or above, you could progress to the Level 3 Extended Diploma in Animal Management (Zoo). Alternatively, you could seek employment at assistance level or as an Apprentice in a range of settings including rare breed farm parks, animal welfare organisations, veterinary practices, kennels and catteries, wildlife parks and zoos.

Course Summary

Course Title Animal Care Technical Certificate Level 2
Entry Requirements

You need five GCSEs in the 9 to 2 range including English and maths, or an appropriate Level 1 qualification. Course entry is subject to an initial assessment in English and maths in order to determine the appropriate level of study, and a successful interview is required.

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It’s a very hands-on course and you work with a variety to animals. All the staff are really helpful and the practical aspect of the qualification reinforces what we learn about welfare, housing, laws, animal care and training.

Niall Sweeney

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