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Animal Care - C&G Level 2 Diploma at East Durham College

Course description

You will cover a mixture of theory and practical topics and get hands-on experience working in the Houghall animal unit. The unit houses a variety of animals from rabbits and guinea pigs, exotics, small 'furries', cats, dogs and ferrets. You will also have opportunity to learn new skills working on the farm at Houghall with a variety of different breeds of sheep, pigs and cows.

Course content


Topics covered in the course include: work experience and safe working practices, animal nursing, farm livestock, kennels and cattery, and small animal husbandry.


Entry requirements

Direct Entry: 3 x GCSEs D or above including Maths, English and Science
Progressive entry: Level 1 in a land-based subject and a minimum of Entry 3 maths and English. Attendance at 85%+ for previous year and satisfactory standards of behaviour.


You will be assessed throughout the course with written assignments and practical assessments.

Financial information

If you have been a UK resident for the past 3 years and are under the age of 19 on the 31st August, you will not usually need to pay any course fees.

Future opportunities

Following successful completion of this course you may gain employment in the land-based sector as a kennel assistant, assistant dog groomer, or retail assistant in a pet store. Progression to an apprenticeship in the animal care industry may also be an option to enable you to gain more experience working hands-on.

Further information

Progression options following successful completion of this course may enable you to progress into an apprenticeship in animal care or the level 3 subsidiary diploma in animal management course.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 11 April 2016
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    • The College's Houghall Campus is located on the outskirts of Durham City centre. The Campus has an excellent reputation for a range of land based studies and is highly regarded amongst those within land based industries. The campus has excellent facilities including an arboretum, pinetum, working farm, stables and a specialist small animal care unit, all set amongst stunning grounds and countryside. These coupled with outstanding lecturers who share a passion for the outdoors, students with an interest in land based studies can be assured they have come to the right place.