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Animal Care Apprenticeship Level 2 at Highbury College

Course description

An Apprenticeship is a national work-based training programme designed for each industry.

Apprenticeships are a great way of earning and learning at the same time.

Animal Care frameworks are flexible over a range of pathways and have proved to be one of the most popular Apprenticeship routes across the UK.

You will learn through a mix of lectures, practical activities, group work, work-related activities and independent study and research.

Course content

As an apprentice, you could find yourself working in many settings and with a range of different animals.

You could be grooming dogs; looking after animals in a pet shop, kennel or cattery; caring for rescue animals; sitting and walking dogs; or even taking care of exotic animals.

Your Apprenticeship will vary depending on your employer, but you could learn about health checking; basic animal training; transporting animals; feeding, watering and exercising animals; advising customers and owners; or maintaining a clean and safe working environment.

You will work towards a Level 2 Diploma in Animal Care and if needed, you will have the opportunity to improve your Functional Skills.

Employment Rights and Responsibilities training is also a requirement; covered either by induction or embedded within the qualification.

Entry requirements

  • You will need four GCSEs grades A*-D, including English and Maths, and an interest in animals.
  • Alternatively, you may have a full Level 1 Animal Care qualification at at least merit grade with literacy and numeracy at Level 1.
  • You must be working in a relevant position for a minimum of 30 hours per week.
  • You must also enjoy working with people and be fairly confident with interpersonal skills.
  • You need to be working in an environment that meets your framework criteria.


You will be taught in a well-equipped environment with specialist lecturers. As part of your programme, assessment is on a continuous basis with a number of assessments in each module.

Assessments take a variety of forms, such as written reports, essays, designing a product, presentations, and group projects. There are timed examinations in some modules.

Future opportunities

Upon successful completion, achievement can lead on to a higher level sector specific qualification apprenticeship or a higher level generic qualification.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 25 May 2016
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