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    Level 2 - Certificate in Practical Animal Care

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    Animal Studies

    This qualification aims to provide a good level of practical skills that will support you seeking a career in the animal care industry.

    Course Information

    • Qualification: Level 2 - Certificate in Practical Animal Care
    • Course Code: E13560
    • Start Date: 02/09/2019
    • Duration: 1 year (3-4 days per week)
    • Campus: Easton
    • Entry requirements: ** Students wishing to undertake this course require 4 GCSEs Grade E - F or a Level 1 qualification normally Merit profile plus Functional skills English and maths at E3. Students will undertake a Level 1 qualification in English and Mathematics to support progression.


    It provides basic knowledge and understanding of a range of species and it develops your working practices in relation to safety and the workplace.  To achieve the Level 2 Certificate in Practical Animal Care Skills you will be assessed using a range of practical demonstrations and written assignments which will be used to compile a portfolio of evidence.

    Course Content

    • How to promote and maintain the health and well-being of animals.
    • Moving animals between locations
    • Prepare and groom animals
    • Train animals through basic training programmes
    • Provide opportunities to exercise animals

    Students must also complete 150 hours of work experience alongside attendance at college to achieve this qualification. Typical placements may include kennels, catteries, pet shops, farms, farm parks, zoos, animal sanctuaries, animal rescue centres and veterinary practices.

    This qualification could help you find work within the animal industry, alternatively you may wish to progress onto the Level 3 Diploma in Animal Care (Zoos/Wildlife) or an apprenticeship.


    Applications for Further Education full time, access to HE, apprenticeships and part time courses are made online. Go on to the relevant course page and click on the 'Apply Now' button to start the application process. Applications for short courses are made by contacting the College Admissions Team on 08000 224556. Higher Education programme applications should be made via UCAS in the first instance, UCAS website

    For students resident in England and aged 18 and under on 31 August, before they are due to start their course in September, then your full time course fees are fully funded. For students aged 19 and over, and those looking to study a short course, please contact the College Admissions Team for more details on 08000 224556.

    There are buses from all over Norfolk and Suffolk which will drop students off at college. For details of bus routes and other transport options, please see the 'Easton Transport Information' link or Otley Transport Information .

    Once we receive your application for your course we will check your details and any grades/predicted grades to make sure that you meet any entry requirements. The College Admissions Team will then contact you to arrange your interview with a course tutor. If you are successful at your interview then you will be offered a place on your chosen course or if the tutor feels that you may be suited to another course they will advise you of this.

    We will then invite you to attend a Keep in Touch day held in early July where you can come on to campus, meet your tutors and other students hoping to study the same course, gain some campus familiarisation, learn more about your course, do some activities and ask any questions that you may have.

    Enrolment commences once GCSE results are released, you will be sent details regarding completing your enrolment in July, advising of a date and time.

    Once you have successfully completed your enrolment you will receive your timetable and confirmation of your course start date.

    You don't need to let the college know your GCSE results, instead you should attend your enrolment appointment, which will have been sent to you beforehand. Please bring all exam results with you so that we can make sure you have met the entry requirements for your course.

    Don't panic if you haven't got the grades for your chosen course, we will always try and find a suitable course for you. We will be able to offer you an alternative course in the same or similar subject area. We will do this when you attend for your enrolment where there will also be course tutors on hand to speak to you about your course options.

    If you have done better than predicted then we can also change your course offer to the most appropriate level. Again this is all done at enrolment.

    We strongly encourage all students to source their own work placement however we are aware that sometimes this can be difficult. We have work placement coordinators who can help you find your work placement and ensure that all students are able to fulfill this requirement. More information will be provided to you prior to you starting your course. Please see Work Placement for more information.

    The college term dates can found using the following link;

    College officially starts back on the first full week of September however not all courses will start on the Monday. You will advised of your actual start date at enrolment.

    Applications for the college bursary are made online. You should make sure that you read the guidance notes prior to making an application to ensure that you are eligible. Further information can be found on Financial Support