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    Level 2 - Technical Certificate in Animal Care

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    This technical qualification has been designed by employers to deliver the most up-to-date and relevant technical skills, which combine both theory and practical aspects.

    Course Information

    • Qualification: Level 2 - Technical Certificate in Animal Care
    • Course Code: E10190 / O10190
    • Start Date: 02/09/2019
    • Duration: 1 year (3 days a week)
    • Campus: Easton, Otley
    • Entry requirements: ** You will need to have achieved four GCSES at grade 3 (D) including English and Science if you wish to undertake this programme of Study.

    Course Content

    • Animal health and welfare
    • Animal feeding and accommodation
    • Animal behaviour and handling
    • Work experience in an animal care related business

    You will also study additional optional topics, including:

    • Animal nursing
    • Animal biology
    • Caring for exotics
    • Caring for zoo animals

    To achieve this Level 2, you will be required to complete a synoptic assignment, externally marked exam on the mandatory units, biological systems exam, plus assignments for the optional units.

    As part of your Study Programme you 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.

    Upon successful completion at Merit, you could progress to Level 3 Advanced Technical Diploma in Animal Management or at Pass to Level 3 Diploma in Animal Care (Zoos/Wildlife).

    The Level 2 Technical Certificate in Animal Care may also lead to the following employment opportunities:

    • Animal/dog groomer
    • Pet shop assistant/retail assistant
    • Animal care assistant
    • Kennel and cattery worker
    • Animal boarding assistant


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    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.

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