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Animal Care - City & Guilds Level 2 Technical Certificate at Myerscough College

Course description

The Level 2 Technical Certificate  is an excellent introductory course for students wishing to further their knowledge of animal studies. It is extremely popular with school leavers and students progressing from the Level 1 Diploma in Land-Based Studies (Animal Care). The course provides practical knowledge and experience, combining this with an academic study of the principles of the subject. It gives students a broad understanding of animal care, with a view to progressing to one of our Level 3 courses, or to start work in the industry.

Course content

Students learn about a wide range of popular species and gain an overview of the animal care industry. Subjects include animal behaviour and handling, animal welfare and animal health/ first aid, animal accommodation, animal biology (nutrition, growth and reproduction) and practical animal feeding.
Students based at the Preston and Liverpool centres will also study the more exotic species such as African pygmy hedgehogs, Acacia rats, Chelonia and other reptile species. Those studying at the Blackburn Centre will additionally learn how to contribute to the nursing of animals. A work experience module takes place one day per week. This supplements the practical skills that students learn at the College. It is important that students find a suitable work placement before they start the course. Further information about placements will be provided following your application.
In addition to obtaining the main Level 2 Technical Certificate qualification, students also undertake a range of enrichment activities as well as the ASDAN Level 2 Certificate of Personal Effectiveness. This popular course introduces new activities that develop skills in a wide range of areas, including communication, citizenship, environmental awareness and healthy living.

Entry requirements

Students are normally aged 16 or over and have some level of achievement in GCSE or relevant Further Education qualifications and have gained a minimum of grade 3 (D) in two or more subjects, including English Language. In addition, some learning areas may apply specific agreed aptitude assessments.


A wide range of assessment methods are used during the course, to give all students
the opportunity to maximise their success.

Future opportunities

Progression to a Level 3 course in Animal Studies.
Career Opportunities include employment in kennels, catteries, pet shops, grooming parlours and welfare societies.

Further information

A very strong interest and commitment to animal care and welfare must be
demonstrated. Students are expected to have completed a minimum of two-weeks work experience in the animal care industry and produce a satisfactory reference.
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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 October 2017
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    • Liverpool (the former European Capital of Culture), so you can enjoy all the excitement of this great city whilst studying in an idyllic environment; a beautiful 550-acre country park with woodlands, parkland, ornamental gardens, Victorian walled garden, small animal centre, equestrian centre and conservation area.

      The full-time and part-time courses on offer include Foundation Learning, Animal Studies, Arboriculture, Countryside, Horticulture and Landscape Studies.

      The Centre is one of the top performing colleges in Merseyside in terms of academic success and is committed to supporting the local community, with a high percentage of both staff and students being from the Liverpool area.