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Animal Care

School Leaver / 16 - 18 yr Old Adults Vocational Courses

Diploma in Animal Care - Level 2

Our Diploma in Animal Care course is aimed at learners that are looking to start a career in the animal care industry. Learners could progress into employment, onto an Apprenticeship, or further their studies by taking other qualifications at Level 2.

  • Course Description

    Compulsory topics include:

    • Animal Health and Welfare
    • Animal Behaviour and Handling
    • Maintain Animal Accommodation
    • Practical Animal Feeding
    • Work Related Experience
    • Animal Breeds and Grooming

    Learners will be in college for 3 days a week and there will also be a period of external work placement hours that all learners will complete (150 hours in total)

  • Entry Requirements

    You will need:

    • 4 or more GCSEs at Grade 3 (D) or higher, with at least one Grade 4 in either English, Maths or Science

    Or:

    • A relevant Level 1 qualification
  • Course Length

    Full-time courses at the college are generally 3-4 days per week (you may be in an extra day if you are resitting English and/or Maths). All students are expected to complete study hours in the Learning Resource Centre and at least 30 hours work experience on top of their college hours.

  • Progression Opportunities

    What can I do after this course at CWA?

    The College of West Anglia offers many opportunities to continue studying from entry level through to degrees at University Centre West Anglia. Some of the courses available for those who have successfully completed this course include:

    • Technical Animal Care - Level 2 (Cambridge)
  • Additional Information

    What qualification will I achieve?

    City & Guilds Level 2 Diploma in Animal Care.

    Students aged 16 to 18 who do not already have GCSE qualifications in maths and/or English at grades 4 (C) - 9 (A) will take qualifications in English and/or maths as part of their vocational study programme - this is a government requirement.

    How is my course assessed?

    This qualification is assessed through an exam, assignments, completion of work experience and continuous assessment of all practical work

    Fees and Financial Help

    Find all the information you need about our course fees and getting financial help in our Fees and Financial Help section.

    Information on Fees and Financial Help

Starting 07/09/2020

Cambridge

Full-Time

Duration 1 year

Animal Care Careers

Get insights into where our courses can lead you. See example work tasks and find real job vacancies.

Veterinary nurses

£22,000

Potential Salary

Animal care services occupations n.e.c.

£19,000

Potential Salary

Veterinarians

£43,000

Potential Salary

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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