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Animal Care Diploma Level 2 at The Manchester College

Course description

If you’re eager to gain experience within the animal sector, then this Level 2 City & Guilds Diploma in Animal Care could be a great place to begin. It’s an ideal course for anyone who may be moving into an apprenticeship or applying for an animal management qualification, setting you up for a rewarding career in the industry. The course lasts one year, and is both practical and theory based, as you learn about, interact and work with a wide range of animals. You’ll learn how to look after their health and welfare, and take part in practical animal feeding, as well as understanding the appropriate areas for different animals to live and sleep in and discovering how to maintain this accommodation correctly. You’ll get an introduction into the principles of animal behaviour, learn how to care for zoo animals, and develop a good understanding of British wildlife species and their habitats. As part of the course, you’ll also spend one day a week on a work experience placement within the animal care industry.

Entry requirements

You’ll need to have at least 4 GCSEs at grade D/E or above, including both English Language and Maths. Beyond that, we don’t need any other qualifications, but you will have to set up and complete a work placement – with written evidence – as part of the course. Due to Government changes to grading systems for GCSES in 16/17, please follow the below link to see specific entry criteria for school leaversSchool Leaver Entry Requirements


Each of the seven modules on this course are assessed via both practical sessions and written coursework. You’ll take part in some field and zoo trips, and also gather a variety of evidence during your work placement.

Financial information

All full-time courses are free to 16-18 year olds who meet funding regulations. For further details please call the Course Enquiry Team on 03333 222 444.

Future opportunities

Once you’ve achieved this Level 2 qualification, you’ll be able to continue onto a BTEC Level 3 Diploma with us here at The Manchester College, in Animal Management or Animal Management with Science. You could study a degree level course in a number of different subjects, like Marine Biology, Animal Behaviour, Veterinary Nursing, or Zoology. From here, there will be huge choice of options for a career in animal care.Link to Careers You could be doing anything from working as a nurse in a vets, to rescuing pets for a charity, from conducting inspections for the RSPCA to working as professional dog groomer or animal breeder!

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 10 April 2018
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      Facilities at Northenden Campus include:

      • fitness suite
      • football pitch
      • games area
      • large library resource centre (LRC)
      • SkillZone with extensive IT tools
      • art and design workshops
      • canteen and coffee bar
      • purpose built kitchen for catering courses
      • woodwork, ceramics and jewellery workshops
      • photography studios
      • salons (open to the public)
      • wildlife corridors to Wythenshawe Park
      • wildflower meadows
      • habitats for wildlife
      • birdboxes

      Local area

      Northenden is a suburb of south Manchester. There are shops, a supermarket, restaurants and takeaways 15 minutes’ walk from the campus in central Northenden. There are also a small supermarket and shops closer to the campus. Northenden is surrounded by green space. The campus is minutes away from Gib Lane Wood and Wythenshawe Park which includes a community farm. It is also close to the Mersey Valley nature reserve; a riverside walk through miles of countryside and parkland.