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Work-Based Animal Care (Intermediate Apprenticeship) at Solihull College & University Centre

Course description

Our City and Guilds Level 2 Apprenticeship is ideal for learners who are looking for that all important work place experience. On completion, this course will have equipped you with the industry knowledge and practical skills required in the workplace.

It is also ideal for those currently working in an Animal Care job and wish to gain a qualification.

Course content

You will study the following core modules, then you will select with your employer from a range of optional units:

- Maintain and develop personal performance
- Establish and maintain effective working relationships with others
- Promote and maintain the health and well-being of animals
- Deliver basic treatments to animals
- Select and prepare accommodation for animals
- Maintain animal accommodation
- Control and restrain animals
- Moving animals between locations
- Make sure your own actions reduce risks to health and safety

Entry requirements

There are no formal academic entry requirements. You must not have previous qualifications in Animal Care at level 2 or above. No qualifications at level 4 or above in any subject.


The programme will be assessed within your work place via observation. You will also be assessed through coursework, written papers, oral questions, witness statements from your employer/supervisor and you will need personal home study time.

Further information

You will undertake an independent initial assessment in form of a short answer assessment to cover underpinning knowledge of Maths and English.

Good levels of English and Maths are important for your success in your course, your chosen vocation and life. Throughout your course you will continue to develop your English and Maths skills in your vocational classes.

If you haven't achieved an A*/9 - C/4 grade in English or Maths at GCSE, or a Level 2 Functional Skill, you will also be working towards a qualification in English or Maths at a level that will enable you to progress towards these grades.

Suitable jobs for this course could be any of the following:
Kennel/Cattery assistants, Dog groomers, Farm workers (open or production farms), Hydrotherapy assistants, Retail staff, Animal Wardens, Zoo/Wildlife staff, Rescue centre staff, Animal Technicians, Dog trainer/handlers.

If you have found any employers interested in taking you on as an apprentice they are welcome to contact our Employer Services team for more information, on 0121 678 7181 or

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Solihull College & University Centre directly.

Last updated date: 11 November 2016
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