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Animal Management- Level 2 Diploma - Netherfield at Plumpton College

Course description

Do you love animals? Are you looking to work with them in a cattery, kennel, pet shop or rescue centre?

If you’re leaving school or college, we’ve got a fantastic course for you at Plumpton where you’ll learn about household pets, exotics and large animals.

You can look forward to loads of practical hands-on experience with our different animals here on-site, plus learning all the theory you’ll need to be successful in your future role.

This course is designed to give you some experience of animal care, working with household pets, exotics, and large animals. You will spend one day a week on work experience, with three or four days at College divided between practical and theory sessions.

The course is ideal for those wishing to develop a career in kennels, catteries, pet shops and rescue centres, or to progress onto the Subsidiary Diploma or Extended Diploma in Animal Management for those with Distinction grades.

Course content

Indicative Programme Content

You can look forward to a varied programme of modules that also includes a work placement. You’ll also continue your English and Maths up to GCSE level. Modules include:

  • Maintaining animal accommodation
  • Practical animal feeding
  • Conservation and improvement of British habitats
  • Animal health and welfare
  • Basic principles of animal biology
  • Work experience in the animal care industry
  • Nursing of animals
  • Employment Skills
  • English & Maths GCSEs and Functional Skills are also delivered and assessed throughout the programme

Entry requirements


  • You’ll need to have achieved 3 GCSEs between Grade A-D (new grades 9-3)
  • Successful completion of a Level 1 course in another area, having studied English and Maths at GCSE
  • Mature students without the above requirements will be considered

Financial information

Tuition Fee:

  • 16-18 exempt

Assessment Fee:

  • 16-18 exempt

Future opportunities

Future Opportunities

Following satisfactory completion of the programme, at Distinction Level students may progress to the following programme:

  • BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Animal Management (2 years) (180 credits)
  • BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma in Animal Management (60 credits)

Alternatively, students might gain employment in areas such as:

  • Kennels
  • Catteries
  • Rescue Centres
  • Pet Shops
  • Zoos

Further information

Course duration is 3 days per week over 1 year. An additional day may be required for Maths and English.

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 17 November 2017
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    • Plumpton College at Netherfield is situated in the east of the County of East Sussex and provides a range of courses and experience to students from the Hastings and Rother areas.

      Provision is based on a small farm called Ivyland Farm and ranges from Entry level courses through to Level 2 and apprentices.  Many students attending Ivyland Farm progress to the main site to further their studies.

      Entry 1 level provision enables 19+ students with learning disabilities the opportunity to grow vegetables and plants which are sold at open days and are also used in the onsite café. Students also look after goats, chickens, ducks and rare breeds of pigs.

      Entry 2 to Level 2 provision enables students to study either through day release from schools or full time in a range of subjects including agriculture, conservation, small animals and horticulture.