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September 1 year Level 2 Part-Time - Day Kirkley Hall Campus Skills & Qualifications Apply Enquire

What’s it all about?

This qualification allows learners to develop underpinning knowledge whilst practicing skills that could be used within employment in the animal care industry.

Prior Level 1 students are eligible for this course. This course includes only four units. There is no remit for GCSE.

Study level Cost Additional fees
19+ please enquire You will be required to purchase uniform and/or PPE when studying this course. Information will be provided at enrolment. As part of the course, you may be required to pay for trips and visits.

To gain the qualification, learners must successfully achieve 30 credits via assignments and practical assessments in their chosen modules.

Learners must also complete 150 hours of work experience in an animal care setting. This will include 120 hours internally in the college zoo and 30 externally in industry.

English and Math's are important life skills that will help you to achieve your best in your studies and progress to your dream career.

If you have not already achieved grade 9-4 in GCSE Math's and/or English, we can support you to improve your skills.

You will have the opportunity to take part in a placement in the animal care industry.

As part of the course, you will take part in 150 hours of placement in industry.

120 hours of the placement can be completed via industrial experience in the college zoo.

The remaining 30 hours must be completed in an external placement. Health and safety checks are completed by the college and support from skills coaches is available.

We have a number of links to industry, including partnerships with Pets Corner in Jesmond. This ensures you can gain an outstanding learning experience with us and you will be equipped with the skills and knowledge needed to progress to a career in the animal care industry.

You will study 12 hours a week in college and will be expected to take some time outside of college to complete assignment work and external work experience. This does not include remit for Math's and English sessions.

This course runs for 4 days per week and could take place Monday-Friday between 9am-4pm. Timetables will be issued at the start of term.

The aim of the course is to develop youir skills and knowledge in animal care to allow you to progress to further learning/training and/or a career in the animal care industry.

Modules can include:

- Animal accommodation
- Animal feeding
- Contributing to the care of exotic animals
- Introduction to zoo animals

Please note, modules may vary.

City & Guilds

This course is worth 30 credits.

Students will also complete masterclasses, ranging from animal first aid to health and safety.

What’s next?

Students may progress onto the Level 2 Technical Certificate in Animal Care. There are also different pathways that you can take, such as dog grooming and animal nursing assistant courses.

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