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BTEC Level 2 Diploma in Animal Care


Working with animals is becoming an increasingly popular career option. It is a rewarding profession that involves the care, welfare, handling, health, behaviour and accommodation of a variety of animals. Many people begin working with animals from a young age, with an instinctive desire to care for a range of species, not just domestic pets. Job opportunities include dog handling, wildlife rangers, vets and zoologist with several more career options within the military. 


  • This is ideal for you if you are interested in working with animals. You will gain theoretical knowledge and practical experience at a variety of sites. You will be expected to use and develop knowledge and skills with the animals. This is a full time one year course, the qualification includes:
  • Undertake work related experience in the land-based industries
  • Maintain animal accommodation
  • Undertake practical animal feeding
  • Maintain animal health and welfare
  • Introduction to the principles and practices of animal behaviour and handling
  • Understanding the basic principles of animal biology
  • Contribute to the nursing of animals


You will gain knowledge and skills from qualified and experienced members of staff who have first hand experience working within the industry. This programme includes industrial experience working in an establishment which best suits your interests. There is also an opportunity to gain additional qualifications in Numeracy, Literacy and ICT.

Entry Requirements

An intermediate course suitable for those who have at least 4 GCSEs (preferably in English, Maths or Science) at grade D or grade 3 or a relevant/equivalent Level 1 qualification at a merit or above. Industry experience will also be taken into account when considering applications from non-traditional entrants. Candidates will also need a satisfactory reference from their school or college. Successful applicants will be asked to complete a research question prior to enrolment.

Interview Process

Interview with specialist tutor

Questions & Answers

How is the course assessed?

You will be assessed using a variety of methods including written assignments, presentations, posters and practical competency assessments.

Are there any opportunities for progression?

Successful achievement of a merit or above will enable you to progress to Level 3 National Diploma in Animal Management. Alternatively you may enter into employment within the animal care industry, working in kennels, catteries, pet shops, veterinary surgeries or zoos.

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Course details

  • Attendance: Full-time
  • Start Date: September 2018
  • Hours per week: 16 hours per week for 1 year
  • Days: Monday - Friday
  • Start Time: 9.00 am
  • End Time: 5.00 pm
  • Duration: 1 year
  • Course Fees: This course is free for students age 16 - 18. For students 19+ please contact our student Services Team In most cases students aged 18 and under who wish to enrol on a full time further education course will have their fees waived. Students who are aged 19 and over and who wish to enrol on a full time course should contact our Student Services Team on 01422-399367 for more information.
  • Venue: Calderdale College
  • Faculty: Science and Health Industries
  • Department Manager: Deborah Tims


  • Level: Level 2
  • Qualification Name: BTEC Diploma in Animal Care Level 2
  • Awarding Body: EDEXCEL

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