Animal Care

Level 2 Technical Certificate

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Availability & Details

Animal Care - BTEC Level 2 Technical Certificate (City & Guilds) SF-ANCA2D-D(0000)000

Venue
South Downs Campus

Type of study
Full-Time

Dates
Academic Year 2021-22 (1 years)

Examination board
City & Guilds

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Overview

This course is designed to improve your employment prospects by providing you with opportunities to develop your personal and vocational skills.

The course will prepare you for employment in pet shops, with animal collections, animal rescue and possibly veterinary surgeries. If you are already working in these areas, you are invited to apply so that you may develop your knowledge and skills.

You must have a genuine interest in working with animals and have a caring personality. You must be highly motivated and be able to show a commitment to animal welfare.

Five GCSEs at grade 3 or above, including English Language and Mathematics or Science or a Level 1 qualification and a willingness to work in all conditions. Previous employment with animals will help your application. You must also have evidence of a recent Tetanus vaccination.

On this course at HSDC South Downs, you will study:

  • Maintain animal health and welfare
  • Animal feeding and accommodation
  • Animal behaviour and handling
  • Working in the animal care industry
  • Health and safety for the land-based industries
  • The principles of animal biology
  • Care of exotic animals
  • Caring for horses
  • Practical

There is also the possibility to re-take English and Maths.

The Animal Management laboratories are large, bright rooms designed and built especially for teaching Animal Care and Animal Management courses.

The purpose-built spaces are bright with natural sunlight and enhanced air handling and ventilation systems, with facilities for washing and animal food preparation. The rooms have been designed to be easy to use for the care of animals, as well as a practical teaching environment.

There is animal housing and large glass vivarium built into the walls that house snakes and lizards. Outside, a large yard has aviaries and a stable as well as large grassed areas. Outside the yard is a clearing in the surrounding woodland that contains runs for ferrets, rabbits and chickens. There are block paved areas and a pond.

There are 150 hours of work experience on this course which includes two weeks offsite at a placement. Your work experience may take place at veterinary practices, riding and livery yards, Sea Life Centre, catteries, kennels, grooming parlours, RSPCA, wildlife sanctuaries, rescue centres or pet shops.

You will be assessed by exams for a few units, as well as coursework for the remainder of the units. This will include tasks such as fact sheets, posters, reports and practical animal husbandry tasks.

Coursework includes producing written assignments and projects. You will also undertake practical work in the College Animal Unit and offsite at an equine establishment.

There are no additional costs, apart from any costs for educational trips and appropriate clothing for working with animals.

You may wish to go on to the Level 3 Advanced Technical Diploma in Animal Management or go straight in to employment. You may find employment at your work experience placements. You may also undertake further training whilst employed as a veterinary nurse, a dog groomer, in kennel management or in pet shop management. You must achieve a Distinction overall to move onto Level 3 Animal Management.

The animal care team has a variety of links with animal-related businesses, having developed relationships with many employers through work experience arrangements. There are 150 hours of work experience on this course which includes two weeks offsite at a placement. Your work experience may take place at veterinary practices, riding and livery yards, Sea Life Centre, catteries, kennels, grooming parlours, RSPCA, wildlife sanctuaries, rescue centres or pet shops.


My experience at the college has been really good, it’s been really rewarding, all the lecturers were so lovely and supportive there’s no way I could have done it without them - the teaching has been outstanding.

Lucie Brooks, A Level student

There are great teachers here. This college has felt more like a university than a school, and it’s definitely lived up to that more grown-up feel.

Vicky Lipscombe, A Level student

I would say it’s a college that really balances academia with fun, there is lots of extra-curricular stuff that you can get involved in. It has a really good work/life balance.

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