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Animal Care BTEC Diploma Level 2 at PETROC

Course description

Are you passionate about working with animals? Do you want a rewarding career in this industry? This course aims to give you the knowledge, understanding and skills that you'll need.

We have a range of animal care resources at Petroc. These animals and equipment develop your skills to allow you to compete in a highly competitive job market. These facilities include:

  • A tropical room, rodent room, guinea pig and rabbit room, Blue Cross rehoming cattery, aviary and an outside enclosure for our goats.

Course content

To be successful in this course you have to achieve 60 credits across seven units. The units are graded Pass, Merit or Distinction. 
Some of the units you will be studying include:

  • Work Experience
  • Maintaining Animal Accommodation
  • Practical Animal Feeding
  • Animal Health and Welfare
  • Animal Nursing

Work experience is an essential aspect of this course and you will be required to complete 150 of compulsory work experience in an animal setting throughout the academic year.

When studying this course you will also have a professional tutor who will help to support your employability skills.

You will also have the opportunity to retake your GCSE in maths or English if required.

We have a range of animals and facilities at our Barnstaple Campus to help you develop your skills and passion for this subject. The facilities are all designed to teach students how best to keep and care for animals. You will undertake the day to day care of these animals, and help enrich their environments so as to maximise animal welfare.

Entry requirements

All entrants must hold 4 GCSEs at grade D or equivalent or above, to preferably include GCSE Maths at grade 3 or above and GCSE English Language at grade 3 or above.
Entrants holding a grade 2 or a 3 in GCSE Maths will study towards GCSE Maths to gain grade 4 or above. Those with a grade 1 or below will study Level 1 Functional Skills Maths and retake GCSE Maths in the following year.

Entrants holding a grade 2 or a 3 in GCSE English Language will study towards GCSE English Language to gain grade 4 or above. Those with a grade 1 or below will study the Level 1 Functional Skills English and retake GCSE in the following year. 

At the end of the year all learners are expected to have completed and achieved all the components of their Level 2 Study Programme and achieved a graded improvement in their Maths and English Language studies before being allowed to progress.

A minimum of five GCSEs at grade D or above, to include Maths and English and preferably Science. Ideally you will have had prior work experience within an animal care setting.


The course is assessed via a wide range of assessment techniques, including but not limited to practical assessments, written essays, presentations, in class tests, poster presentations and discussions.

Future opportunities

On successful completion of this study programme, you have lots of options. You will be able to look for full or part time employment in an animal care setting. With the correct results you can move on to the Level 3 Animal Management course, other Level 2 vocational courses or other Level 3 courses at Petroc. Your tutors will give you lots of advice and guidance on what you can do and how to progress.

Further information

Q. Will I need any work experience to get a place on the course?

A. All applications are considered on an individual basis, but work experience with animals is often asked for. Even if you have kept your own pets, this can be very different to working in the animal industry. This also enables you to make an informed decision about your future career aims.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 17 February 2017

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