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Level 2 Diploma in Animal Care at The College of Animal Welfare

Course description

This is a one year, full-time, course run at our Huntingdon centre. Awarded by City & Guilds, it is an ideal introductory course for those wishing to begin a career working with animals and looking for a good, solid foundation to reflect this. Many of our past students have subsequently gained employment in kennels and catteries, veterinary practices, zoos and other similar establishments.

"I have had such a great time, not just learning about animal care but also really improving my ICT skills which were decidedly 20th century. The other students have been great too, really welcoming and friendly, not what I thought returning to education as a 40 year old would be. Best of all for me is the work placements, you really get an insight into where you would like to be in the future. So it's been a good year so far learning lots, making friends and spending lots of time with animals, a real pleasure all round." Anthony Shortall - Level 2 Diploma in Animal Care

Course content

You will study the principles and practices of animal care and management. Course units are subject to change but examples include:

  • Maintain Animal Health and Welfare
  • Undertake Practical Feeding
  • Maintain Animal Accommodation

• Undertake Work Related Experience in the Land-Based Industries

• Understand the Basic Principles and Practices of Animal Behaviour and Handling

  • Introduction to Animal Breeds and Grooming

• Understand the Basic Principles of Animal Biology

You will also have the opportunity to study Functional Skills in English, Maths and ICT.

Entry requirements

You must have a minimum of four GCSEs at grade D or above and have a sound level of numeracy and literacy skills which will be assessed at interview.

You must also have competed at least one week of animal-related work experience prior to commencing the course.

Practical experience in work placements is a vital part of this programme. We work with you to try and source placements that are as close to College or your home as possible, however you must be able to make your own way to these placements. If you have any questions about this, please contact us.

Those students who do not meet the academic entry requirements but can demonstrate a high level of commitment to the course, or have alternative qualifications, are invited to apply and will be assessed on an individual basis.


You will undertake written and practical assignments.

Financial information

Please see our website for details.

Future opportunities

Previous students have gone on to find employment in various types of animal establishments from veterinary practices to zoos. Alternatively you could go on to study for the Level 3 Diploma in Animal Management course provided by the College or other animal related qualifications which, in turn, could lead to Higher Education i.e. University.


"The Level 2 Diploma in Animal Care offers you a variety of knowledge about the care for animals by undertaking practical lessons as well as fun packed theory lessons. The tutors are friendly and treat every individual equally. You can feel confident talking to them about any problems you may have" Hannah Whitlock & Rosie Boyle - Level 2 Diploma in Animal Care.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The College of Animal Welfare directly.

Last updated date: 29 September 2014
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    • Our Huntingdon Campus has great transport links for students who are coming by bus or train as it is within walking distance of both the bus and train station. For those travelling by car, main road access is excellent; being only half a mile away from the A14, a few miles from the A1 and just a few minutes away from Huntingdon town centre.

      The College features a practical skills room to enable students to practice their clinical skills, a fully-equipped library including IT access and wireless internet, parking, a state-of-the-art grooming suite, modern lecture rooms and relaxation areas.