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Animal Care Diploma Level 2 at Rotherham College

Course description

If you’re looking to grow a great career in a refreshing and rewarding industry, then Land-based is the cream of the crop in terms of opportunities. While studying with us, you’ll benefit from using industry standard facilities at our Mining Meadows animal collection and horticulture centre, based at our Dinnington Campus.

Choose the animal care pathway and you’ll gain hands-on experience of working with our animal collection, which consists of over 200 animals and sixty species, including exotic, domestic and farm animals. Choose the Horticulture pathway and you’ll acquire a wide range of skill and expertise including propagations, landscaping, use of machinery, plant science, pond installation, brickwork and paving.

Previous students have gained employment with local stately homes, garden centres, Mayfield Alpacas, Tropical Butterfly House and Thornberry Animal Sanctuary. Students have also progressed to university degree programmes including zoology, conservation, vet nursing, and countryside management.

We also have excellent links with local and national employers and organisations which provide opportunities for work experience and community projects which ensure you have the skills required by employers and you are work ready. 

Course content

The Animal Care Level 2 Diploma will develop the knowledge and skills you need to pursue a career with animals; from becoming a kennel worker or grooming dogs, to caring for exotic animals. While studying, you will work with animals with different dietary and health needs, from farm livestock to domestic pets, insects and exotics, to give you a wide range of knowledge and experience.

What will I study?

• Animal behaviour and biology

• Animal breeds and different grooming techniques

• Animal health and welfare •Animal feeding, accommodation, handling and care

• Different health and safety aspects whilst working with animals


What added value will I receive?

• During your studies, you will be able to make full use of the College’s working animal collection, Mining Meadows

•Gain 150 hours practical work experience •First aid qualification

Entry requirements

• Four GCSEs one at C and three at grade D or above including English, maths and science or a Level 1 in Land-based Studies

• Must be flexible to work outdoors in all weather

• You must also be committed to working with animals and have a keen interest in animals and their care

• Working at Level 1 English and maths

• Positive references and interviews


Written and practical projects.

Financial information

16-18 year olds do not need to pay course fees. Depending on your circumstances you may not need to pay fees. Contact the Enquiries on the details below for advice and guidance on:

T: 01709 722777


Future opportunities

After completing this course, you may progress onto the Animal Management Level 3 depending on grades gained.

Further information

For more details please contact the Enquiry Team on:

T: 01709 722777 



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.

Last updated date: 17 November 2016
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