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Animal Care

School Leaver / 16 - 18 yr Old Adults Employers Apprenticeships

Animal Care and Welfare Assistant Standard - Apprenticeship - Level 2

Animal Care and Welfare Assistants look after the routine day to day husbandry and care of domestic and/or wild animals under guidance in a variety of different settings. Work may be carried in such places as kennels, catteries, laboratories, animal welfare centres, Vet practices, farm parks, rehabilitation centres, retail outlets and in the transportation of animals. Working as an Animal Care and Welfare Assistant requires strong work ethic and working irregular hours possibly in varying weather conditions

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  • Entry Requirements

    You will be interviewed and assessed to identify your potential, commitment and motivation to achieve the apprenticeship, based upon the range and level of activities you will be undertaking in the workplace Candidates need GCSE 2/E grade Maths & English. You may be required to complete an initial assessment for Maths and English to show ability to undertake study towards Level 2 Maths and English.

  • Additional Information

    What qualification will I achieve?

    Animal Care & Welfare Assistant L2 Standard Functional Skills Maths and English Level 2 Individuals will complete a portfolio demonstrating Knowledge, Skills and Behaviour within the option of 2 specialist areas: Veterinary Care Support or Animal Interaction and Handling

    How is my course assessed?

    On successful completion of portfolio and learning the candidate will complete and End Point Assessment consisting of a Practical Assessment and Professional discussion with an external organisation. A grading of Pass or Distinction is achievable

Starting 06/09/2021



Duration 18 months

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Success story

Phoebe Cox

Diploma in Animal Management Level 3

Following her success in studying A-levels at CWA, Phoebe is now working towards her diploma in Animal Management.

“I enjoy the atmosphere of the college environment and the way of learning. I like the handling lessons most, where we are 'hands-on' with the animals, but I also find the lessons on animal behaviour very interesting. 

I would say to anyone thinking of coming to college to come to an open day to see if it's right for you. CWA has allowed me to gain a variety of qualifications and experience, which has prepared me for a career in animal care.”

Phoebe plans to either study animal behaviour or zoology at university or gain employment in the animal care sector. 

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