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Animal care, equine and countryside - BTEC Diploma in Animal Care level 2 at Kirklees College, Huddersfield Centre

Course description

Take your first step towards a career working with animals by gaining the knowledge and practical skills for a job role within the animal care industry or to progress onto a higher level course.

Course content

You will:

• Complete work experience in the landbased industries e.g. at a kennel, grooming parlour, pet shop or veterinary practice

• Learn how to look after animals

• Learn about practical animal feeding

• Maintain animal health and welfare

• Be introduced to animal breeds and grooming

The course has a balance of academic and practical subjects. Practical work takes place at our purpose-built animal centre and grooming salon.

Entry requirements

A minimum of 4 GCSEs with the following grades: English 3 and maths at 2 or above, and 2 other GCSEs grade 3 or above.

You will need a keen interest in the subject and a commitment to the welfare of animals.


You will be assessed with tutorials, presentations, written assignments and practical skills.

Financial information

As a full time student you should not need to pay any course or examination fees (under 19).

There may be a cost for equipment, educational visits, printing etc.

Future opportunities

BTEC Extended Diploma in Animal Management level 3.

You could move on to employment within the industry, including:

  • animal collections,
  • kennels,
  • catteries,
  • pet shops,
  • animal welfare establishments,
  • animal grooming parlours, or
  • veterinary nursing assistant.

Further information
01484 437070

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How to apply

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Last updated date: 02 October 2018
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 year


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    • The Huddersfield Centre opened in September 2013 and is fitted with state of the art equipment.
      The new centre offers:
      Nine floors of classrooms and workshops, gym, training restaurants, hair and beauty salons, mock air cabin simulator, student services, ATM machines, free wi-fi and much more.