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Animal Care City and Guilds Level 2 Diploma at Herefordshire & Ludlow College

Course description

There will be opportunities to visit animal care organisations including wildlife parks, zoos and small businesses. You will also be involved with our unique ‘Careers Week’, which aims to inspire you and give you the opportunity to meet a variety of employers. Also included will be the opportunity to take part in activities designed to enhance your experiences of this industry such as Wolf Watch UK, beach cleans, an annual dog show and other events.

This programme is designed to give you a good understanding of how to care for animals, develop your practical skills and help you to appreciate the extent of this vibrant and growing industry. At the Holme Lacy Campus we are able to offer this course through a combination of classroom-based and practical workshops utilising our fully-equipped animal care unit. Our aim is to provide an excellent vocational experience in which you will learn how to care, understand behaviours and enhance the welfare of a broad collection of animals, from common domestic pets to exotic reptiles and birds. Learners will have the opportunity to gain a recognised First Aid qualification and other experiences designed to improve employability skills.

Course content

You will cover a diverse range of topics throughout your course. A selection of unit titles is shown below.

  • Maintain Animal Health and Welfare
  • Undertake Practical Animal Feeding
  • Maintain Animal Accommodation
  • Undertake Work-related Experience in the Land-based Industries
  • Understand the Basic Principles of Animal Biology
  • Introduction to the Principles and Practices of Animal Behaviour and Handling
  • Contribute to the Care of Exotic Animals

Entry requirements

  • 4 GCSEs at grade D or above (to include maths, science and English) or successful completion of a suitable and relevant Level 1 qualification
  • Successful interview and initial assessment in literacy and numeracy
  • Applicants will be expected to demonstrate enthusiasm and commitment to the chosen subject area


Assessment is continuous, with assignments, projects and practical work. This course includes 150 hours of work experience gained from working one day a week on our animal care unit and with block weeks within an industry setting.

Future opportunities

Study options may include:

  • Level 3 Subsidiary/Extended Diploma in Animal Management
  • Level 2 Work-based Diploma in Animal Care
  • Level 3 Work-based Diploma in Animal Management

Employment options may include:

  • Kennels or Catteries
  • Animal Sanctuaries
  • Pet Shops

Further information

Maths and English

All students following a full-time programme of study at HLC will study English and maths as part of their studies.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Herefordshire & Ludlow College directly.

Last updated date: 23 June 2016

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