This course would suit you if you want to work in the animal care industry and you want to develop practical skills in animal care.

What will I study?

This intermediate course is aimed at students who want to work within the animal care industry, working in kennels, catteries, animal shelters etc. Throughout this course you will develop your practical skills in animal care and build on the background knowledge you possess.

What units are covered?

The Mandatory Units for study are:

  • Maintain and develop personal performance
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with others
  • Promote and maintain the health and well-being of animals
  • Deliver basic treatments to animals
  • Select and prepare accommodation for animals
  • Maintain animal accommodation
  • Control and restrain animals
  • Moving animals between locations
  • Make sure your own actions reduce risks to health and safety

In addition to the mandatory units students may choose from the following units:

  • Provide controlled exercise opportunities for animals
  • Welcome, receive and care for visitors to sites
  • Carry out reception duties
  • Communicate information within the workplace
  • Prepare feed and water for animals
  • Load and unload animals for transportation
  • Keep stock at required levels in a retail environment
  • Process customer orders for goods in a retail environment
  • Provide information and advice to customers in a retail environment
  • Process payments for purchases in a retail environment

What qualifications (will I get)?

Intermediate Apprenticeship Level 2 Work-Based Diploma in Animal Care

Functional Skills: Maths and English Level 1

How will I be assessed?

Your tutor will visit you at your workplace to help build your portfolio and extend your knowledge.

What is the entry process?

Enquire online now or call the Apprenticeship Team on 01332 216640

What are the entry requirements?

Students will need a placement for the Work Based Animal Care Level 2 Diploma at any animal care establishment e.g. kennels, catteries, rescue centres or pet shops.

What can I do after this training course?

Students may find that this qualification helps them to progress in their present employment. They can also progress to the level 3 work based diploma (Advanced Apprenticeship) provided that they meet the entry criteria and have successfully completed their level 2 workbased programme.

Got a question about this course?

Call the Apprenticeships Team on 01332 216640 Email

We make every effort to ensure this course information is accurate. However, we reserve the right to make alterations.

Mitchell Fallows

"I've learnt lots about the different animals and how to care for them"


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