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Animal Care Level 2 Apprenticeship at Northumberland College

Course description

This course is for anyone who is employed in the animal care industry but who does not yet have a formal qualification at Level 2. You can start the Apprenticeship at any point in the year. We currently offer two pathways - animal care and welfare and dog grooming. If you have a passion for animal care or dog grooming then this is an excellent way to pursue a career in it. The skills and qualifications you will gain will help future career prospects as well as building confidence working with a range of animals. You will be working with animals such as rabbits, reptiles, primates and hoof stock and ensuring their health and welfare needs are met.

Course content

You will study a range of units including: 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 Risk assessments and health and safety Maintain and develop personal performance Establish and maintain effective working relationships with others You will gain valuable practical skills working and engaging with a range of animal species as well as learning methods and theories that are involved in animal care.

Entry requirements

You should have two GCSEs at grade D or above, including English and maths, or a relevant Level 1 qualification and be employed in the animal care industry. Mature students will be considered on their experience and skill, regardless of their qualifications


Your progress will be assessed by a range of methods including practical assessments/ observations, written assignments, and a written multi choice exam

Future opportunities

After successfully completing the course you could progress onto the Level 3 Advanced Apprenticeship in Animal Care or into employment as a zoo/animal keeper, dog groomer, animal/dog trainer, dog warden or animal management technician.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 16 May 2016

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    • Kirkley Hall is a stunning rural campus and a great environment to study in with specialist resources to meet the needs of our students. Combine this with our team of experience and highly skilled staff and you will see that a successful future will be yours.

      The college campus in Ponteland is approximately 8 miles from Newcastle city centre and is easily accessible by bus or car, so you can enjoy the best of city and rural life.

      You will benefit from excellent facilities that are of industry standard so you'll be prepared for your future career. Facilities include:

      • A 17th century rural estate with and grade II listed Kirkley Hall
      • An equestrian centre with indoor and outdoor riding arenas, 25 horse stable yard and specialist equine facilities
      • Kirkley Hall Zoological Gardens with over 120 species
      • A veterinary centre and grooming parlour
      • An outdoor activity centre with high ropes and zip wire and sailing base at Blyth
      • Two farms; one at Kirkley and one in the Coquet Valley
      • Victorian walled gardens, over 1,330m2 of greenhouses and a garden design studio
      • Cyber Café
      • A Learning Resource Centre devoted to the land-based sector which includes a range of learning materials, an IT suite and quiet study areas
      • Halls of residence facilities