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Animal Care Level 2 Extended Certificate at Northumberland College

Course description

If you are passionate about animals and would like an introduction to the career opportunities available within the animal care industry, you have come to the right place. Northumberland college offers the opportunity to get up close and personal to a range of species and how to care for them to a high standard. The certificate in Animal Care is designed as a steady introduction into the topic and is focused around a practical setting.

Course content

You will study exciting units including animal husbandry, animal health & welfare, zoo animals and wildlife along with additional side qualifications. Kirkley Hall Zoological Gardens offers the opportunity to gain first-hand experience with a wide variety of animals including all five taxa groups such as birds, fish, amphibians, reptiles and mammals.

Entry requirements

For access onto the course you will be required to have attained a standard of general education and competence, sufficient enough to benefit from and succeed on the course. Assessment of suitability is likely to be based on GCSE grades or equivalent. Recommended two GCSE grades (grade D or above). Mature students with relevant experience will also be considered.


Your progress will be assessed continuously by assignments, verbal and practical assessments, and various types of written tests. Assessments are spread out and varied to allow all of your skills to be utilised.

Future opportunities

After studying the course you could progress onto the level 2 full Diploma in Animal Care.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 17 May 2016

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    • Kirkley Hall is a stunning rural campus and a great environment to study in with specialist resources to meet the needs of our students. Combine this with our team of experience and highly skilled staff and you will see that a successful future will be yours.

      The college campus in Ponteland is approximately 8 miles from Newcastle city centre and is easily accessible by bus or car, so you can enjoy the best of city and rural life.

      You will benefit from excellent facilities that are of industry standard so you'll be prepared for your future career. Facilities include:

      • A 17th century rural estate with and grade II listed Kirkley Hall
      • An equestrian centre with indoor and outdoor riding arenas, 25 horse stable yard and specialist equine facilities
      • Kirkley Hall Zoological Gardens with over 120 species
      • A veterinary centre and grooming parlour
      • An outdoor activity centre with high ropes and zip wire and sailing base at Blyth
      • Two farms; one at Kirkley and one in the Coquet Valley
      • Victorian walled gardens, over 1,330m2 of greenhouses and a garden design studio
      • Cyber Café
      • A Learning Resource Centre devoted to the land-based sector which includes a range of learning materials, an IT suite and quiet study areas
      • Halls of residence facilities