Animal Care and Equine courses
Gain industry-relevant qualifications and kick-start your career in the animal care industry.
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Animal Care, BTEC Diploma
What will I do on this course?
This Animal Care Level 2 Diploma combines theory and practical work, which will provide you with the opportunity to work with a large range of animals. It’s perfect for people who are interested in animals, and who want to develop their animal care skills to work in the industry.
You’ll learn about animal feeding, health, welfare, behaviour, breeding, grooming, and nursing. This course is designed to improve your employment prospects by providing you with personal and vocational skills. It will include tutorial support, study skills, and employability skills. We will also work with you to develop your English and maths skills to the level most employers look for. Alongside your studies you will be expected to undertake at least 40 hours of work experience, preferably in the animal care industry.
How will I be assessed?
You’ll be assessed through practical observations, group work, coursework, presentations and exams.
What could I do after this course?
After the Animal Care Level 2 course you’ll be well equipped to work in the animal care industry in retail, catteries and kennels. You can improve your prospects of gaining higher-level work by progressing to the Level 3 qualification in animal management or horse management.
Four GCSEs at grade 3/D and above or a Level 1 qualification.
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What Our Students Say
Alice Barnes, Animal Management
“Without the teachers at Weston College I don't think I would have been able to achieve the grade I have”
Former school: Churchill Academy
Course: Animal Management
What next? Alice aims to study the Animal Management, FdSc at University Centre Weston.