Course Information

Where is the course delivered?

  • Cannington Campus
  • Yeovil Campus

Who is the course for?

This broad-based course is designed to be the first step to a career in animal care. It is suitable for anyone who would like to progress on to higher vocational qualifications related to animal management. The course covers both domestic and exotic animals, and if you like science, you will enjoy the animal biology component.

The animal care topics include:

    • Feeding and accommodation
    • Animal health and welfare
    • Animal behaviour and handling
    • Work related experience
    • Animal biology
    • Animal breeds and grooming
    • British wildlife species, habitats and rehabilitation

What does the course involve?

As part of the course, you are required to complete 150 hours of work experience.  This takes the form of a work placement, practical husbandry sessions and the possible opportunity to carry out practical work at a local animal organisation. The work experience component of the course enables you to develop important key employment skills and it could help yousecure a part-time job. During your placement, you produce a portfolio detailing your work experience.

Work placements held by previous students include the RSPCA, pet shops, animal parks, local zoos, catteries and kennels, livery yards and farms. You are responsible for contacting and organising their own placements, but will be supported through this process by your personal tutor.  

What makes this course special?

Each campus has access to an animal collection, which you work with to develop your animal husbandry skills. During the year your learning is enhanced by visits to commercial animal collections, rescue centres and attend talks by a range of industry experts.

Entry Requirements

You need five GCSEs in the A* to E or 9 to 2 range including English and Maths, or an appropriate Level 1 qualification. Course entry is subject to an initial assessment in English and Maths in order to determine the appropriate level of study, and a successful interview is required.

What are the assessment methods?

Learning takes place using a variety of activities including group work, practicals, information gathering from sources outside College, newspapers, oral presentations, lectures and peer group assessment. You also have the opportunity to look after the animals during practical husbandry sessions each week and complete work experience.

There is one theory exam and several synoptic assessments (written work that combines knowledge from across several units). Other assessment methods include creating a work experience portfolio, written coursework and presentations.

How long is the course?

One year full-time

What are the College attendance requirements?

Four days spent in College and self-study hours will be required in order to complete coursework, synoptic assessment and to prepare for the exam. You also need to complete a work placement.

Are there any additional costs for the course?

  • Compulsory clothing: overalls, steel-toed capped footwear, waterproofs available for purchase via the College’s clothing supplier
  • Compulsory educational visit fees payable at enrolment

What are the progression options?

If you obtain a high grade at Level 2 with English and Maths at GCSE grade 4 or above, you could progress to an appropriate Level 3 course such as the Advanced Technical Extended Diploma in Animal Management. Alternatively you could seek employment at assistance level or as an Apprentice in a range of settings including rare breed farm parks, animal welfare organisations, veterinary practices, kennels and catteries, wildlife parks and zoos.

Awarding Body

City & Guilds

Learner Support Fund mean income tested bursaries available for this course

Further Information