Course overviewLevel 2 Extended Certificate in Animal Care City of Bristol College
This one-year, full-time course is designed to be a starting point for working in animal care.
You will gain skills and experience in looking after small animals, and also work to improve your English and Maths.
It is assessed through a variety of written and practical assessments.
Health and Welfare, Feeding & Accommodation, Behaviour & Handling and Animal Biology.
Dates and applications
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|Course Code||Dates||Duration||Days||Hours per week||Start Time||Location||Fee|
|LMF1307C01-1||05/09/2023 - 21/06/2024||1 years||Groups (mixed days)||9.75||09:15||SBSA and Construction Centre||Apply|
|LMF1307C01-1||03/09/2024 - 20/06/2025||1 years||Date/Day(s) Being Finalised||9.75||09:15||SBSA and Construction Centre||
This course is still in its planning phase; course details - including fee information - are subject to change. In June, course details will be finalised and enrolment will open.
Who is this course for?
This course is for young people aged 16-18 who are interested in a career caring for animals.
What you'll learn
You will learn the theory of animal care supported by practical learning to develop your skills and demonstrate the professional standards required in the animal care industry.
You will study a variety of topics covering working safely with animals in different situations.
You will learn about:
- Animal Health and Welfare
- Animal Feeding
- Cleaning and Maintenance of Animal Accomodation
- Animal Biology
- Zoo Animals
- Wildlife and Rehabilitation
You will also have the opportunity to study English and Maths to improve your grades so that you can progress to further learning or into employment.
Course entry requirements
To join this course, you either need four GCSEs Grade 4 or above to include English, Maths and Science, or to have completed the Level 1 Certificate in Land-based Studies (Animal Care) with a Merit or higher and be working towards Functional Skills Level 2 in English and Maths.
How is the course delivered and assessed?
You will learn through a mix of classroom and practical activities in our Animal Care Centre at South Bristol Skills Academy, where you will work with small mammals and reptiles.
You will also undertake a work experience placement in an animal care setting which you need to apply for.
Your work will be assessed throughout the year by exams, assignments and practical tasks. Maths and English will be assessed by exams.
Future career and study opportunities
After completing this course, you could progress to an apprenticeship or higher level qualification in animal care to continue your training, or you could go directly into employment in a range of animal-related occupations, for example pre-veterinary nurse training, kennel or cattery staff, animal technician or pet shop assistant.
To ensure that you work to professional standards, you will be required to wear a uniform in the Animal Care 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.
For guidance on which career path to take, to explore career options related to our courses, find out which careers are in demand, and then get the training you need.