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Animal Care Level 2 Diploma at Warwickshire College Group

Course description

This one year course is designed for people who are interested in a career in the animal welfare sector or progression onto Level 3 courses.

Course content

  • Animal Health - the learner will be able to maintain the health and welfare of a range of animals. This includes identifying any signs of ill health or signs that would suggest impending problems and how to follow these through and fully support and monitor the animals’ recovery.
  • Accommodation & Feeding - the learner will be able to demonstrate appropriate recognition, preparation and selection of feeding equipment and foodstuffs needed to keep an animal at its’ optimal nutritional state. The learner will also be aware of different life stages and how to feed animals during these stages. The learner will know how animal accommodation should be designed and constructed so that it meets the welfare needs of the animals. The learner will develop the skills required to prepare, clean and maintain animal housing.
  • Work Experience - The aim of this unit is to give learners the skills needed to identify, participate in and review work experience in a land-based environment.
  • Animal Biology - The aim of this unit is to develop the learner’s knowledge and understanding of how the animal body works. Learners will know the structure and function of cells and the different body systems. Learners will understand how animals are grouped and named. They will also understand the principles of animal reproduction and heredity.
  • Exotic Animals - The learner will be able to recognise the importance of nutrition, health, accommodation design and maintenance in the welfare and well being of exotic animals. The learner will be able to demonstrate effective handling and restraint of exotic animals and describe effective transportation arrangements for them.
  • Animal Behaviour & Handling - The aim of this unit is to provide the learner with a basic understanding of normal and abnormal behaviour. The learner will also be provided with the knowledge and skills to approach animals whilst taking account of their displayed behaviours to reduce risk and stress.
  • British Wildlife - The learner will be able to recognise indigenous wildlife and their habitats. They will be able to understand threats to British wildlife and human intervention to save endangered species. The learner will explain the process of wildlife rehabilitation, from the initial assessment to choosing the release site, culminating in a comparison of wildlife monitoring techniques post rehabilitation.

All students are also required to undertake 150 hours of external work experience in an animal related industry. 

Entry requirements

One of the following qualifications:

  • 4 X GCSE's at Grade D or above, to include English Language and Maths OR Science.
  • From August 2017 GCSE Maths and English will be graded differently, and a Grade 3 would be required for this course.  

Future opportunities

The course may provide the opportunity for progression onto the Level 3 Diploma (subject to meeting the progression requirements).

Successful completion of the course could lead to employment including zoo-keeping, animal sanctuaries, pet shops, police, RSPCA inspector, RSPB, animal technician, Blue Cross or PDSA 

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 19 January 2017
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