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Animal Care Level 2 Diploma at Reaseheath College

Course description

This popular introductory level course is designed to prepare you for employment within animal welfare and rescue, boarding kennels and catteries, pet stores or grooming parlours.

The course offers a good mix of theory, task-based learning, tutorials and practical workshops at college combined with field visits and work experience in the animal care industry. You’ll explore all aspects of animal husbandry along with an introduction to animal biology.

You will gain:

  • Level 2 Diploma in Animal Care
  • Functional Skills or GCSE in English and Maths depending on previous qualifications
  • College certificate in Personal and Social Development

Course content

  • Animal health and welfare
  • Animal accommodation
  • Animal feeding
  • Animal behaviour and handling
  • Animal biology
  • Conservation and British habitats
  • Functional Skills or GCSE in English and Maths depending on previous qualifications
  • Work placement (currently 1 day per week)

Entry requirements

  • Some GCSEs at grades C/D/E, or
  • Foundation level 1 Animal Care or Agriculture
  • A keen interest in animals and ideally 2 weeks practical work placement

Future opportunities

Course options after this programme

  • You can progress on to the Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma in Animal Management

Career options

  • Kennels or cattery assistant
  • Pet store assistant
  • Pet grooming

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Reaseheath College directly.

Last updated date: 13 September 2016

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    • You will be studying in the beautiful, rural setting of Cheshire, one mile from the market town of Nantwich with good connections to Manchester, Birmingham, Liverpool and Chester. 

      The Reaseheath campus itself is small enough to retain its friendly, family atmosphere, but large enough for you to be able to mix with lots of groups of students. 

      Our front lawn is great to sit out on during the summer and the College lake has much wildlife to watch. 

      Over the past few years we have invested over £50 million in our campus to give you the best possible environment for learning. 

      A further £30 million investment is planned for the campus including a £6 million advanced agricultural technology and engineering facility, new halls of residence and new sporting facilities.