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Animal Care Certificate

Level 2

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Key Info

Learning Area   Animal Management & Veterinary Nursing
Delivery Mode   Full-time
Duration   1 Year

Dates & Locations

Course Type   16-19, Adult
Location   Duchy College Rosewarne
Start Date   07/09/2021

Course Type   16-19, Adult
Location   Duchy College Stoke Climsland
Start Date   06/09/2021

This Level 2 Animal Care course is available both Duchy college campuses, which are each home to a large variety of animals.

The Level 2 Technical Certificate in Animal Care is about preparing you for any career with animals. Whether going into further study, wanting to become a pet shop assistant, a zoo keeper or work in rescue centres, this course sets you up for a career in the animal industry.

Caring for animals can be an extremely fulfilling and rewarding career. From working in kennels and catteries to pet shops, rescue centres or sanctuaries, there is a wide range of careers available on successful completion of your course. With access to animal collections on campus you will gain the practical training you need to pursue a career in this exciting industry.

This is a one year course than runs from September to July. It is run over 4 days at college and 1 day at a work experience placement to gain at all important experience. This course uses a balance of theory and practice to help you develop the skills and knowhow to confidently work with animals’ great and small.

You will cover a broad range of topics that cater for all animals from small to large mammals, to birds, reptiles, fish and amphibians. You will learn how to maintain animal health and welfare, how to care for feeding and accommodation routines. You will explore animal behaviour and correct handling techniques, along with ensuring Health & Safety is paramount in the Animal and Land based industries.

You will learn about how to care for exotics animals and how animals’ biological systems work.

You will also get to choose between either Introduction to Caring for Horses or Livestock. You will trial both units before deciding which you would like to develop further.

You will study a combination of theory and practical work, and can expect to spend time both at college and in a work experience placement of your choice. You will also have the opportunity to go on field trips to local zoos, wildlife parks and animal sanctuaries.

You will need to purchase PPE to wear during your practical sessions. More information about what PPE will be required will be provided upon application.

  What You Will Learn

This is a one year course that explores the introduction to the animal industry. You will participate, get experience, gain confidence and learn to become independent from the choices you make. You will learn how work with others as a team as well as challenging your own personal ambitions. You will make that step between school, college and independence. This can be the beginning of a new you, how you behave and learn will influence your future. Working with animals is a demanding and yet fulfilling career.

  Entry Requirements

To be accepted onto the course, you must have achieved a Grade 4 or higher in GCSE Maths OR English, and 3 additional GCSE’s at Grade 3 or above. You are required by law to continue to work towards your Grade 4 in English and Maths if you did not achieve them in school. If you have not achieved your Grade 4 in both English and Maths when you join the college, you will undertake lessons to be working towards your Grade 4 in the subject that you require. You will not be able to take lessons in both English and Maths and still complete a Level 2 qualification – so it is vital that you meet the entry requirements in order to be accepted onto the course. You must also provide a reference as part of your entry requirements. This must be from a person that knows you well, either in an educational capacity (for example, a teacher or personal tutor), or in a professional capacity (for example, an employer, work experience provider or youth group leader). It cannot be a friend or family member. You will also be required to find, secure and maintain a work placement one day a week as part of your qualification.

  Work Experience

You will be expected to find, secure and maintain a work placement one day a week, (either Tuesday or Wednesday. You will be required to complete a minimum of 120 hours as part of the technical certificate qualification.

You could work in your local pet shop or at a kennel or cattery, or even at a rescue sanctuary near you, where you can help, support and learn.

You will have to find your own transport there so please make sure you can get there on time. If you are unsure where to start looking, please email the work experience coordinators.

Ellie-may, 17, has always wanted to work with animals and completed her work experience at the Flicka Foundation.

“I did enjoy my work experience thoroughly I enjoyed working with the donkeys and horses. I learned a lot while there because I had never worked with equine before the Flicka Foundation I learned how to handle and retrieve equine and the work there is amazing being a new experience and the staff are lovely and so polite and easy to get along with.”


There are 3 parts of the assessment, in which you must pass all sections to complete the course.

End Test:
There will be a multiple choice and short answer paper to sit around March that will test your knowledge on the mandatory units.

Synoptic Assessment:
The synoptic assessment will be made up of a number of small tasks for you to complete in a time frame of around 15 hours, under exam conditions. This will include a practical element. You will have preparation time to collect evidence needed to complete the tasks. The synoptic assessment will cover the mandatory units (except for Work Experience).

Other assessments:
In addition to your end test and your synoptic assessment, you will be required to complete some additional assignment work for the other units. This may be in the form of written work, or as a series of practical assessments. You must pass all of these assignments in order to complete your course.

Work Experience Portfolio:
You will be required to be in an animal related work experience placement for 1 day a week. You will need to complete a portfolio of evidence for your time with the employer, which will be handed in at the end of the year. If you do not complete the required hours of work experience throughout the year, you will not be able to pass your qualification, so it is important that you start trying to arrange a placement as early as possible. Our Work Experience Co-ordinator can help you with this.


On completion of this course you could progress onto a Level 3 Animal Management course to develop further knowledge. You could go and work as an assistant in a variety of industry placements like pet shops, kennels and catteries, rescue centres or sanctuaries. Whatever your choice we will support and guide you to get the right education or job for your chosen career. Working with animals is a demanding and yet fulfilling career.

Careers in this industry:

Animal care assistant
Dog groomer
Animal trainer/behaviourist
Dog warden
Pet shop assistant


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