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Animal Care Level 3 Advanced Apprenticeship at Badgehurst Training Ltd

Course description

This programme is designed for people who have worked in animal care for some time and are going to move into a supervisory role (or have recently become a supervisor).  You will need to be able to make decisions that enable other staff to carry out their roles, for example planning an animal’s diet or its care requirements.

Course content

On the intermediate apprenticeship in animal care you will study for the following qualifications:

  • City and Guilds Level 3 Diploma in Work-Based Animal Care
  • Functional Skills in English and Maths at Level 2.

Other non-certificates components of the programme include:

  • Induction to apprenticeship
  • Employment Rights and Responsibilities
  • Personal Learning and Thinking Skills
  • Be Safe! (health and safety)

Entry requirements

To undertake an advanced apprenticeship you must be employed in a supervisory role in animal care for a minimum of 30 hours per week.  If you already have a job, and your employer agrees, you can join an apprenticeship.  If you are seeking employment in animal care you can find your own Employer or apply for a job through the apprenticeship vacancies service.   All apprentices need to have contract of employment and earn at least the the national minimum wage for apprentices

You may already have undertaken a Level 2 qualification in animal care, or have the equivalent experience.  There are no formal academic requirements for the intermediate apprenticeship in animal care but you should have a love of animals, a genuine interest in their welfare, and be prepared to get your hands dirty!  You should have a reasonable standard of English and maths (e.g. GCSE Grade D or above) , and good organisational skills.


We use a range of assessment methods on this programme, including observation of practical performance (in the workplace), questioning, assignments, case studies, witness statements, tasks and tests.

Future opportunities

Apprentices successfully completing the Advanced Apprenticeship have opportunities to progress within the industry by progressing to other Higher Education courses such as a HNC/D, Foundation Degree (Fdg/FdSc) or Degree (BSc). Examples of courses available across the UK include:

  • BSc Hons in Animal Science
  • FdSc in Animal Behaviour and Welfare
  • Fdg in Animal Management
  • HNC/D Animal Care
  • BSc Animal Welfare
  • Fdg Animal Health
  • BSc Animal Biology

Apprentices looking to progress in their employment from the Advanced Apprenticeship may be able to work towards managerial positions such as animal boarding manager, dog/animal groomer manager or  pet shop manager.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Badgehurst Training Ltd directly.

Last updated date: 18 November 2016

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