Course overview

Animal Care Level 2 for adults City of Bristol College

A part-time Animal Care course in Bristol.

This course is taught two days a week and is for adults aged 19 years and over.

It is an ideal starting point to begin a career in the animal care industry or to progress to a higher-level course.

Additional information

Who is this course for?

This course is for adults aged 19 and over.

You should be an animal lover with an enthusiasm to learn about animal health and welfare. This course will help you turn your passion for animals into a career.

What you'll learn

You will learn how to care for animals including a range of animals and work situations.

You will learn about animal health, welfare, behaviour, animal accommodation, animal handling, care of exotic species and zoo animals, and feeding and watering. You will also learn about the industry, including employment opportunities and regulations.

You will undertake a relevant work placement to develop your skills and knowledge.

Course entry requirements

To join this course, you need four GCSEs at grade 4 (C), including English, maths and science.

If you have gained grade 3 (D), you can join the Level 2 Extended Certificate Animal Care course which allows you to improve your English and maths skills alongside your animal care studies.

How is the course delivered and assessed?

You will learn through a mix of classroom and practical work. Hands-on training takes place in our professionally-designed and vet-checked Animal Care Centre.

You will work with small mammals and reptiles. Our expert teachers will teach you the professional skills and standards you need to work in the industry.

You are also required to carry out 150 hours of work experience in the animal care industry as part of the course. Your work is assessed by exams, written tests and practical tasks. You will have Maths and English exams.

Future career and study opportunities

If you pass your Level 2 certificate with a merit grade or above, you could progress to our Level 3 Animal Management Diploma.

You might prefer to seek employment in one of the many animal-related occupations, for example, as a pre-veterinary nurse in training, kennel and cattery staff, animal technician or pet shop assistant or gain an apprenticeship to learn while you work.

Additional costs

To ensure you work to professional standards you will be required to wear a uniform in the Animal Centre – the cost is approximately £30.

You will also be required to contribute to educational activities – approximately £150 for the year.

If you are on a limited income, you may be eligible to receive help with these costs from our Learner Support Funding Bursary.

To keep everyone safe, we’ve reduced the number of people in our buildings at one time. Most of our courses include sessions taught at the college supported by online learning. 

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