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Animal Care: Level 2

LARGE ANIMAL CARE UNIT set in 12 acres of pleasant and attractive grounds, accommodating numerous species. Our lecturers are highly experienced in teaching, assessing and animal management.

Course information

Course Summary

This work-related programme will cover the basic knowledge and technical skills that you will need to progress to a more advanced course or to gain employment within the animal care industry. These skills include animal behaviour, welfare and handling. You will also undertake work experience, which will be assessed as part of your programme.

Course Code:N5403
Study Type:Full Time
Academic Level:Level 2
Awarded by:City & Guilds
Course Length

One year

UCAS Course Code0
Course Detail

This course forms part of a programme of study which will be tailored individually to boost your employability in the animal industry and which will include Maths and English as necessary.

The course is made up of a number of different units, which cover:

  • Animal Accommodation
  • Feeding
  • Handling
  • Behaviour
  • Health Care
  • Roles and Responsibilities of working within the animal industry

Units are delivered through the use of taught sessions, online packages, and practical work on the Nescot Animal Care Unit, with a range of companion, exotic, and farm livestock species.

Units are assessed using a mix of controlled assessments, project tasks, and a synoptic exam at the end of your course. All three of these elements need to be graded at a minimum of Pass for you to successfully complete the course. All students must also complete a period of work experience to fulfil the requirements of City and Guilds.

As part of this course you will be required to attend an external work placement for a total of 150 hours over the duration of your course, the awarding body determines the number of hours required to pass this qualification.

Course Fees

Fees for 2019/20: £3,125

Please note:

  • Fees are for 2019/20 and relate to home and EU students
  • Students aged 16 to 18, or those aged 16 to 24 who have a valid EHCP, and are studying Further Education courses are not normally charged for course fees
  • For more information about financial support, please click here.
Entry Requirements

New Students

GCSE 3/4 grade profile in maths and English as well as GCSE Science grade 3.

Progressing Students

For those progressing from the Level One in Landbased Studies - Individual has achieved at least a Pass, and ideally a Merit or Distinction, in their Level One in Landbased [Animal Care] and has a satisfactory reference from their current Course Lead in relation to their studies, timely completion of coursework, good standards of behaviour, attendance of at least 87% in all of their study programme including maths and English.

For those progressing from the Animal Studies Progression Diploma - Individual will be required to have achieved at least a Merit in their Term One units and at least a ‘Merit’ in the L2 Extended Certificate in Animal Care

Your Next Steps

This course will prepare you for more advanced study and training. A merit or distinction gained on this Level 2 Animal Care course is necessary to go onto Level 3. Some students choose to go into full-time animal work in a variety of establishments including farm parks, kennels, zoos, veterinary hospitals and dog groomers.

Potential career routes in the Animal Studies industry:

  • Catteries
  • City farms
  • Conservation
  • Dog groomer
  • Kennels
  • Pet shops
  • Quarantine work
  • Rescue centres
  • Stables
  • Teaching
  • Uniformed services
  • Veterinary nurse
  • Zoos
Other Information

Essential Personal Protective Equipment

Students are required to purchase steel toe-capped boots, overalls and waterproof clothing. These can be purchased through our recommended supplier, details of which are available at enrolment.


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Last updated - 02/11/2021