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Animal Care BTEC Level 2 Diploma at Stafford College

Course description

The BTEC Level 2 Diploma is a practical, work-related course. You learn by completing assignments that are based on realistic workplace situations, activities and demands. It introduces you to employment in an animal care environment and provides a good basis to go onto a more advanced work-related qualification

Course content

The course is divided into four core units:

  • Undertake Work Related Experience in the Land-based Industries
  • Maintain Animal Health and Welfare
  • Undertake Practical Animal Feeding
  • Maintain Animal Accommodation


And THREE of the specialist units:

  • Introduction to the Principles and Practices of Animal Behaviour and Handling
  • Understanding the Basic Principles of Animal Biology
  • Contribute to the Nursing of Animals

Entry requirements

A minimum of 4 GCSEs at grade D or E including Science, Maths or functional skills equivalent at Level 1.  A keen interest in animals is essential.


You will be assessed through continuous assignment work using a variety of methods including some work based experience/placements.

Financial information

An initial course fee of £40 will be charged at the start of the year.  This will cover transport, entry costs and overheads for the practical elements and opportunities presented by the course.


As this is a practical based course it will be necessary to buy a pair of steel toe capped work boots (costing about £25 from most work wear manufacturers).


For information about possible other fees and financial help, please call 01785 275512.

Future opportunities

The BTEC Level 2 Diploma is equivalent to four GCSEs grade A* - C and is a nationally recognised qualification which will enable you to enter employment in one of a variety of types of animal care environments.  Opportunities can include kennels/cattery assistant, pet store assistant and pet grooming.


Alternatively you could progress onto one of the BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma courses in Animal Management or Applied Science.  Students would need to achieve an overall distinction for progression onto the BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Animal Management. 

Further information

If you would like any more information about the College or our courses then write, visit, or telephone Enrolments on (01785) 275468. Our e-mail address is  If you are unsure about which course to take, we can arrange for you to get the advice you need from a member of our guidance team.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 20 May 2014
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