Level 2 BTEC Diploma

Animal Care


Level 2

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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.

Entry requirements

  • At least four GCSEs at grade D/3 or above
  • At least one GCSE needs to be at grade C/4 or above
  • Grade D/3 or above in GCSE English Language
  • Grade D/3 or above in GCSE Maths

What will I study?

You will study a range of units, including:

  • Feeding
  • Accommodation
  • Health
  • Welfare
  • Animal Biology

You will also investigate specific types of animals in further detail, including the nursing of animals and aspects of animal biology.

As part of the course you will complete work experience in a relevant setting and visit a local farm.


Core Modules

Animal Health

Animal Handling

Additional Modules

Animal Welfare

Animal Housing and Accommodation

Principles of Animal Behaviour

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

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

Additional information

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

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