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Animal Care BTEC Level 2 at Lancaster and Morecambe College

Course description

This course aims to provide students with an introduction to animal care which could lead to employment at a junior level or to further courses. It will help students to develop personal and administrative skills needed in this kind of work as well as providing introduction to animal care and underpinning knowledge.

Course content

Examples of units you may study are: • Work Related Experience • Practical Animal Feeding • Maintain Animal Accommodation • Animal Biology • Animal Health & Welfare • Animal Breeds and Grooming • Understand Animal Behaviour & Handling

You will learn through taught classes, practical demonstrations, educational visits and visiting speakers from the industry. All LMC students will receive tutorial support.

A work placement has to be completed as a mandatory part of the course; the placement should be arranged by the learner themselves and may involve access to animals from the categories of: • Large animals • Companion animals • Rodents • Exotics species.

All students aged 16 -19 are required to study Functional Skills English and maths qualifications or GCSE mathematics and English if not already awarded a grade A*-C in these subjects. If you have a grade D at GCSE you will study maths and/or English GCSE. Students with a grade lower than D will work towards GCSE through the study of maths and English Functional Skills. Students aged 19+ are strongly encouraged to take relevant maths and English qualifications to support progression into further or higher education, training or employment. All LMC students will receive tutorial support.

Entry requirements

5 GCSEs at grade A*-D including English or maths OR a Level 1 related qualification. Entry criteria will be applied at the discretion of the course manager


This course is continuously assessed using a range of methods including projects, assignments and observation of practical work. There may be some short tests. N.B. Assessments are based on the requirements of the awarding body and are subject to change 

Financial information

You will be required to pay £55.00 for visit costs. You will also need suitable clothing and footwear for working outdoors with animals. 

Future opportunities

The course can lead on to employment as an animal care assistant in pet shops, kennels or grooming parlours or you can continue your study onto the Level 3 in Animal Management. 

Further information

On completion of this course you will receive a BTEC Level 2 in Animal Care. 

You will be expected to undertake regular home study on this course.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Lancaster and Morecambe College directly.

Last updated date: 03 May 2016
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 Year
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