Level 2 BTEC First Award

Animal Care

Course overview

Level 2 Animal Care is a vocational qualification designed for students who wish to work with animals.

To be successful on this course you must be able to demonstrate a real commitment, desire and enthusiasm for a career in animal care.

What will I study?

You will study a range of units, including:

Along with key areas of animal care, such as feeding, and accommodation, you’ll study a range of units, including;

  • Animal Health
  • Animal Biology
  • Animal Care Work Placement
  • Animal Welfare
  • Animal Behaviour Assessment and Safe Handling
  • Feeding, Accommodating and Moving Animals

You’ll take a closer look at specific types of animals and the types of care they need, including how to nurse, groom and interrupt their behaviour in order to work safely and efficiently. You will be given work skills needed to apply for, and again employment as, an animal worker and complete 75 hours of real-life working with/around animals. This is ideal for a range of jobs with domestic animals, in agriculture or in environmental organisations.   

Modules

There are 6 units to complete over the year including:

  • Practical Animal Health
  • Animal Biology and Health
  • Animal Care Work Placement
  • Animal Welfare
  • Animal Behaviour Assessment and Safe Handling
  • Feeding, Accommodating and Moving Animals

Entry requirements

  • Four GCSEs at grade 3 or above including English Language and Maths.
  • At least one GCSE needs to be at grade 4 or above.

Why study Animal Care at USP?

  • A mixture of theory and practical allowing you to put into practice what you learn in the classroom
  • Visits to a variety of animal collections offering you the chance to see a range of animal handling techniques
  • 150 hours’ worth of work experience over the year – allowing you to develop excellent employability skills
  • Unrivalled support and help sessions run throughout the year by your Tutors

Additional information

You will be expected to purchase a hoodie from the college for approximately £10.

What could I do next?

Students may progress onto the BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Animal Management. Alternatively, you may seek relevant employment such as in a zoo, pet shop or kennels.

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