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Animal Care BTEC Level 2 Diploma at Bath College

Course description

Designed for school leavers and mature students alike, this course will enable you to learn about a range of animals and their care. It also includes more advanced practical training in grooming and medication at our specialist Animal Care Centre. Further experience will be gained through a weekly voluntary work placement of your own choosing. At the end of the course you will graduate with all the essential skills to become an asset to your chosen animal care job or you might prefer to stay and upgrade your qualification to Level 3; by taking our BTEC Level 3 90-Credit Diploma in Animal Management.

Course content

Units include:

  • Maintaining animal accommodation
  • Maintaining animal health and welfare
  • Undertaking practical animal feeding
  • Undertaking work related experience in land-based industries
  • Introduction to the principles and practices of animal behaviour and handling
  • Understanding the basic principles of animal biology
  • Contributing to the care of exotic animals

Entry requirements

•Four full GCSEs at grade D or above, including maths and English language, or a Level 1 Diploma (maths and English functional skills / GCSE will be mandatory for those who have not achieved Grade C or above prior to starting at Bath College)
Previous work experience in working with animals (preferable)


Assessment is predominantly coursework with a range of practicals, role plays and evidence workbooks being completed throughout the year.

Financial information

All students are required to wear PPE in our animal collection. All students must purchase a pair of blue overalls and steel toe capped boots / wellingtons, before starting at College.

Future opportunities

After the course, many students gain employment in the animal care industry; working as animal care assistants in kennels, catteries, pet shops, animal collections and veterinary surgeries. Students who wish to become veterinary nurses may wish to complete the Veterinary Care Assistant course (in our Veterinary Nursing department). Alternatively, students who wish to aim higher may want to enrol on and complete our BTEC Level 3 90-Credit Diploma in Animal Management, moving onto the Extended Diploma in Animal Management in their second year of study.
Some students may also choose to accept an apprenticeship in an animal care business.

Further information

You must inform staff of any medical or personal information which may affect you working outdoors with the range of animals that we have on site. This may include allergies, health problems or phobias. This is important to maintain our safe working practices in our animal collection.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 02 February 2016

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