Animal Care, BTEC Diploma | Weston College

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September 2019
1 Year
Course code D2ANCPF1KN

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.

Entry Requirements

Four GCSEs at grade 3/D and above or a Level 1 qualification.

Course Level

Level 2

iAn interview is required for this course.

Occupations related to Animal Care, BTEC Diploma



Veterinarians diagnose and treat animal injuries, diseases and disorders, and advise on preventative action. They may work in practices, specialising according to their location in either a rural or urban area, or in the public sector or associated industries such as pharmaceuticals, food production or drug regulation.

Average annual earnings: £47,912
Employment in region: 836 positions

Veterinary nurse

Veterinary nurses provide assistance to veterinarians in the treatment and care of sick or injured animals.

Average annual earnings: £19,130
Employment in region: 600 positions

Animal care services occupation n.e.c.

Workers in this unit group care for animals held in kennels, stables, zoos and similar establishments, provide specialised training, grooming, clipping and trimming services for animals, and searches for and captures stray or nuisance dogs in public areas and perform a variety of animal care tasks not elsewhere classified in MINOR GROUP 613: Animal Care and Control Services.

Average annual earnings: £14,742
Employment in region: 2,176 positions

What Our Students Say

Alice Barnes, Animal Management

Alice Barnes

“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.

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