Animal Care Level 2 at Sheffield College
This is a 1 year full time course.
About the course
The course is taught by experienced tutors who have relevant industrial experience, including work with the RSPCA, veterinary nursing and environmental conservation.
You will learn a variety of subjects relating to Animal Care, including: animal biology, accommodation and feeding, behaviour and handling, breeds and grooming, health and welfare.
Throughout the year, there will be several key dates when exotic and large animal handling will take place. You will be expected to attend all of these sessions. The large animal handling sessions take place at a farm, approximately 5 miles from Sheffield city centre. Your tutors will also arrange sessions when you will be able to bring your own pets into college in order to practice handling techniques, health checks, bandaging techniques and bathing and grooming. This is a compulsory part of the programme.
Other visits will be arranged during the year to various places, such as zoos and animal establishments. You are expected to attend the visits. For some of the visits you will be asked to contribute towards the cost of the entrance fee and travel, which you will be able to pay in instalments throughout the year.
You will need to purchase some overalls – College can supply these for a cost of approximately £15. You will also need a pair of wellington or steel toe-capped boots. You can also purchase an Animal Care & Management polo shirt. A recommended text for the programme is the ‘Animal Biology & Care’ by Sue Dallas and costs approximately £20. You are advised to obtain a USB memory stick (minimum 1Gb). Those in financial hardship can apply for help from the college's Learner Support Fund.
The course gives you a chance to improve and broaden your scientific knowledge.
The course is taught through theory and practical sessions and you will be required to complete 5 weeks of work experience throughout the year. This is arranged as 2 blocks during the year. Whilst you are on work placement you will be required to attend the placement Monday to Friday for the hours the placements state. Some placements (e.g. farms) may want you to start at 08.00am. Work experience is not an option. It is a compulsory part of the course. If you do not complete your placements you will not be able to achieve the qualification.
You are expected to study Functional Skills in English, Maths and ICT where necessary.
Will this course suit me?
An ideal student for this course is one who is motivated with a desire to learn and who has a keen ambition to work with animals.
BTEC Level 2 Diploma in Animal Care
What students say about this course.
I think this course is good because you learn fun stuff.
Great course, good teachers, met some good friends through it.
A hard but fun course, friendly teachers and great friends.
I have really enjoyed being on this course.
I have learnt a lot and have made a lot of friends.
4 GCSEs at Grade 3 or above including Science and English Language
All units are assessed and graded (Pass, Merit and Distinction) and an overall grade for the qualification is awarded. The units are assessed by a programme of assignments and practical work. There are no traditional exams, but this does mean that you need to have good time management skills and be able to work to targets and deadlines.
Students who achieve the EDEXCEL BTEC Level 1 Diploma in Land-Based Studies should be able to progress onto the EDEXCEL BTEC Level 2 Diploma in Animal Care.
At The Sheffield College we will always do our best to support you through your studies, to make them as stress free as possible. We have a specialist support team who can give you all the advice you need on all things financial, including what might be available to you, so that you don’t go short and you can concentrate all your efforts into your studies.
If you meet the eligibility criteria we’ll be able to support you with free meals. You’ll get an amount of money that you can use within the college shops and diners per day. This will be added to your student ID card which you will just swipe to purchase items.
Students (including Apprentices) of The Sheffield College who live in South Yorkshire are eligible for a 16–18 Student Pass which entitles pass holders to cheaper travel on buses and trams in South Yorkshire. Pass holders are also entitled to half fare on Northern train services in South Yorkshire.
Learner Support Fund
If you are enrolled with us, you may receive support towards the cost of:
Books and materials
Uniform and equipment
Essential course trips
- DBS checks needed for your course (previously known as CRB)
UCAS registration fee and travel to interviews when applying for university
Where Can It Lead?
A BTEC Level 2 Diploma in Animal Care can help you to develop the skills you need to progress into careers working in animal sanctuaries, kennels & catteries, animal charities, zoos, animal collections, stud farms and many other areas of the animal care industry.
Students who achieve good grades could also go onto study the BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Animal Management.
How to apply
School pupils in Sheffield should apply online with the help of their school. Other students can apply using a paper application form available from any college campus, by phoning 0114 2602600, or downloading one from our website www.sheffcol.ac.uk
Why not come and see for yourself. Visit us on one of our open evenings and meet the people who will be teaching you, have a chat about what the course involves and look round our fantastic facilities where you’ll be learning.
Our City, Hillsborough, Peaks and Olive Grove campuses will be open on the following days:
- Thursday 12th October 2017, 3.30pm-7pm
- Monday 20th November 2017, 3.30pm-7pm
- Tuesday 23rd January 2018, 3.30pm-7pm
- Wednesday 7th March 2018, 3.30pm-7pm
- Thursday 17th May 2018, 3.30pm-7pm
How to apply
You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.