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Level 2 Certificate in Work-based Animal Care

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Course Description

If you have a keen interest in learning about animals and want to develop or learn new skills, we offer a wide range of courses to help you achieve your career goals. Our courses cover all aspects of animal management to fully prepare you for employment in a variety of animal industries as well as progression onto higher education.

Our purpose built indoor and outdoor teaching centres provide students with some of the best facilities in Greater Manchester and include:

  • Specialised teaching zones for each group of animals
  • Veterinary nursing teaching facilities and dedicated treatment room
  • Dog grooming salon, dog boarding kennels
  • Blue Cross rehoming centre
  • Zoo animal zone

We have over 600 animals which include small mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, alpacas, meerkats, rhea, bats, farm animals, cats and dogs and aquatics. As part of our courses we have a small animal production farm where students help raise animals for food production. Additionally, we are members of Rochdale and District Riding Club and have a team of students who compete with our Shetland ponies.


Level 2 Certificate in work Based Animal Care

Entry Requirements

In order to begin this course students are required to achieve 4 GCSEs grade D/3 or above to include English, Mathematics and Science. If the required grade is not reached there are opportunities to study these subjects at college alongside the course to help achieve it. This is a government requirement but also needed by many employers for any numbers of careers.


The course takes place over 3 days per week; 2 days theory and one day practical working. All students will be assigned a student support tutor. There are work placements that take place one day per week and all students have one hour tutorial per week. By the end of the course, students will have a portfolio of written evidence

Topics on this course include:

  • Promote and Maintain the Health and wellbeing of Animals
  • Deliver Basic Treatments to Animals
  • Select and Prepare Accommodation for Animals
  • Maintain Animal Accommodation
  • Control and Restrain Animals
  • Transporting and Relocating Animals
  • Health and Safety
  • Cleanliness and Bio Security of the Animal Care Working Environment
  • Controlled Exercise Opportunities for Animals

Work Experience

Students undertake a work experience placement 1 day per week, this is often done on site or with an external provider.


Upon completion of the course, students can progress onto the Level 3 Extended Diploma in Animal Management, an Apprenticeship or employment with possible careers such as: Zoology, microbiology, animal behaviour, veterinary nursing, wildlife conservation, animal technician in a college or university, obedience/agility training, charity/rescue centre, canine hydro therapist, dog groomer, boarding establishment staff, rescue, or rehoming centre staff.

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