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Intermediate Apprenticeship in Work-based Animal Care at The College of Animal Welfare

Course description

Awarded by City & Guilds, this qualification is ideal if you are looking for a qualification in animal care where the emphasis is on gaining practical experience with the knowledge to back this up.

This work-based/distance learning programme will not require you to come into College, instead one of our work-based learning assessors will visit you in your place of work to support and assess you at regular intervals throughout your qualification.

The knowledge you will gain from undertaking this qualification, alongside the practical experience you will be accumulating through employment or work experience, will enable you to do your job more effectively and boost your career prospects.

Course content

There are several different pathways you may choose from, these are Animal Care and Welfare, Zoos / Wildlife Establishments, Dog Grooming, Pet Care and Retail, Animal Training and Service Dog Handler.

The majority of students who undertake the Level 2 Diploma in Work-based Animal Care programme will study the following 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

• Maintain the Cleanliness and Bio Security of the Animal Care Working Environment

• Provide Controlled Exercise Opportunities for Animals

• Provide Opportunities for Animals to Have Freedom to Exercise

  • Prepare and Groom Animals
  • Prepare Feed for Animals
  • Provide Feed and Water to Animals

Some of these units are optional and may be replaced with other units depending on your job role and interests. This will be discussed with you at induction.

You will also undertake Level 1 Functional Skills in Maths and English (unless exempt) and complete a Lantra Employment Rights and Responsibilities Workbook and Personal Learning and Thinking Skills.

Entry requirements

There are no formal academic entry requirements but you must be employed in an animal care environment for a minimum of 30 hours per week and be earning at least the National Minimum Wage for apprentices. Unfortunately if you have a level 4 qualification or above (e.g. HNC/HND/Degree) you will not be eligible to undertake an apprenticeship.


You will complete a portfolio and pass work-based practical assessments.

Financial information

Please see our website for details.

Future opportunities

This qualification will demonstrate to employers your practical skills and abilities, this will stand you in good stead when applying for future job roles in the industry.

You may wish to study the Advanced Apprenticeship in Work-based Animal Care. To do this, you will need to be working in a supervisory role, if you have any concerns about whether your job role will allow you to do this, please speak to your work-based assessor or a member of our administration team.

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.