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Animal Care City & Guilds Diploma Level 2 at Doncaster College

Course description

The course is suitable for those who have achieved a Level 1 qualification in animal care or have substantial relevant experience. It will provide you with the skills and vocational qualifications so that you can work in an animal related environment.

It includes a large amount of practical, outdoor training. You must commit to 100% attendance and be prepared and willing to work in all weather conditions.

You will be expected to be available to attend college for a minimum of three days per week plus a half day work experience. The practical aspects of the programme are based at the Northern Racing College near Bawtry.


Course content

The following mandatory units must be completed to achieve the qualification:

  • Maintain Animal Health and Welfare
  • Undertake Practical Animal Feeding
  • Maintain Animal Accommodation
  • Undertake Work Related Experience in the Land-Based Industries
  • Introduction to the Principles and Practices of Animal Behaviour and Handling
  • Introduction to Animal Breeds and Grooming

In addition to your course you will attend regular tutorials. You will also study   Understanding Ecology and Conservation.

Plus functional skills or GCSE in Maths and English.

Entry requirements

  • L1 Landbased studies in Animal care or an NVQ L1 in Animal Care
  • Level 1 Literacy or working at level 1 determined by diagnostic test
  • All applicants must complete an initial assessment in Maths and English and attend an interview
  • Knowledge of the care and wellbeing of a variety of animals is expected.



This is a portfolio based assessment qualification. Assessments will be made on practical ability and knowledge and understanding of set criteria.

Future opportunities

​You may have the opportunity to progress onto BTEC Level 3 in Animal Management with this qualification, but must be working at a level 2 functional skills English and Maths.

Opportunities to progress may include;

  • Trainee Veterinary Nurse
  • Access to Grooming Courses
  • Working within Animal establishments as an Animal Care Assistant
  • RSPCA - working in rescue centres, or work towards becoming an animal welfare officer

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 05 April 2016
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