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Level 2 Technical Certificate in 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, owls, 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.


City and Guilds Level 2 Technical Certificate in Animal Care

Entry Requirements

4 GCSEs grade D/3 or above to include English, mathematics and science.

If the required grades are 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.


This qualification is aimed at learners who may wish to work within the animal care industry or progress to further learning and/ or training. All learning takes place at our Middleton campus.

You’ll develop underpinning knowledge whilst practising skills that could be used within employment in the animal care industry.

Topics on this course include:

  • Maintain animal health and welfare
  • Animal feeding and accommodation
  • Animal behaviour and handling
  • Undertake work related experience in the land based industries

Work Experience

Students undertake a work experience placement 1 day per week at our Middleton campus.


On completion of this qualification, learners may progress to Level 3 qualifications. Alternatively, learners could progress into employment or onto an Apprenticeship.

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