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Level 2 Technical Diploma in Animal Care at Leeds City College

Course description

This is a one year programme that commences in September and is based at our Rothwell Centre. You will study subjects ranging from maintaining animal health and welfare, to, caring for exotic animals. All the while you will be gaining knowledge on the biology of different members of the animal kingdom.

Course content

The areas of study are:

Maintaining Animal Health and Welfare

In this unit you will cover monitoring and maintaining the health and wellbeing of animals. This involves promoting and maintaining the welfare of animals, exploring common diseases, disorders, their prevention and treatment. Also covered are the principles and practice of animal first aid.

Maintaining Animal Accomodation

This is a mainly practical unit in which you will develop your ability to select appropriate housing, taking into account the needs for sufficient space, comfortable bedding, hygiene, furnishings for feeding/ watering animals and enrichment. This unit will help to prepare you for the work place as you will clean and care for the animal and maintain their housing on a regular basis.

Undertake Practical Animal Feeding

In this unit you will prepare feed for a variety of species, linking it to healthcare and enrichment for animals by learning about the different methods in which to present food to mentally stimulate them.

Work Related Experience

This unit you will prepare feed for a varitey of species, linking it to health care and enrichment for animals by learning about the different methods in which to present food to mentally stimulate them.

Contribute to the Care of Exotic Animals

Working with exotic animals and keeping them as pets are becoming increasingly popular as the public's knowledge and interest in these animals increases. This unit is designed to enable you to develop knowledge and understanding of the basics needed to look after a range of exotic species, from everyday healthcare and accomodation needs, to health and behaviour. You will contribute to increasing the welfare standards of exotic species kept in captivity, from sourcing them ethically to looking after their most basic needs.

Principles and Practice of Animal Behaviour and Handling

You will identify behaviours and develop the skills needed to be able to approach an animal in a way that reduces risk to the individual and distress for the animal. You will observe animals, interpret and record their behaviour.

Understanding the Basic Principles of Animal Biology

Learners will begin by considering the functional characteristics and structure of animal cells. They will then investigate how animals are able to grow, live and reproduce. This includes investigating how animals obtain their energy, the systems involved and how heritable characteristics are passed on to the next generation.

Entry requirements

4 GCSEs at Grade 3 or above including English, Maths and a Science.


At least Distinctions in main Level 1. Achieved Level 1 in Functional Skills Maths and English, or GCSE grade 3 or above in Maths and English.


Assessment is by a series of controlled assignments. There is no formal end examinations.

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Future opportunities


You could progress to higher level qualifications with the College; we offer a Level 3 Extended Diploma in Animal Management and Science. This is a two year course that can lead to the Higher National Diploma in Animal Management (Level 5) or Degree in Animal Management.

You may also wish to consider study at the same level but in a different discipline. The Level 2 Horticulture or Level 2 Countryside and Environment programmes will broaden your employability by giving you additional skills which many employers are now seeking, examples would be Garden Centres and Estate Management.


Beyond College, there are many opportunities such as Pet Shop Assistants, Dog Grooming Assistant, Vet Nurse, Army Dog Handler, Customs Dog Handler, Equine or Stable Hand.

Further information

All learners on Land Based programmes are required to wear a standard uniform and also Personal Protective Equipment for practical work on the farm, steel toe capped boots and overalls are compulsory for all practicals.

It is a requirement that students who wish to enrol onto a full time programme attend group tutorials and Functional Skills/GCSE sessions as part of their study programme. Students will study English and/or Maths unless they already have a GCSE Grade 4+ in those subjects. If they have a GCSE Grade 3 in the subject they will re-sit their GCSE.

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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