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Technical Diploma in Animal Care - Level 2 - Full-time (North Devon)

Level 2
Course Code:
North Devon Campus
One year

Are you passionate about working with animals? This course aims to give you the knowledge, understanding and skills that you'll need to achieve a rewarding career in this industry.

My favourite part of the course is the practicals we have with a wide range of animals. The support of the tutors is also brilliant, I am even more passionate about working with animals now! - Former student


The technical diploma (City and Guilds) consists of a range of subjects which provide an extensive review of animal care and management processes.

Some of the units you will be studying include:

- Maintaining Animal Accommodation
- Practical Animal Feeding
- Animal Health and Welfare
- Work experience in an animal setting

Work experience is an essential aspect of this course and you will be required to complete 150 hours of compulsory work experience in an animal setting throughout the academic year.
When studying this course, you will also have a professional tutor who will help to support your employability skills.

You will also have the opportunity to retake your GCSE in Maths or English if required.

We have a range of animals and facilities to help you develop your skills and passion for this subject. The facilities are all designed to teach students how best to keep and care for animals. You will undertake the day-to-day care of these animals, and help enrich their environments so as to maximise animal welfare.

This course forms part of a study programme which includes Maths, English, Tutorials and a range of other activities to make your time at college as successful as possible. Maths and English will be studied at a level to allow you to build upon the skills you have at the start of the course.
The course is assessed via a supervised written assignment, practical assessments, unit assignments and a written exam.
All entrants must hold 4 GCSEs at grade 3 or equivalent or above, to preferably include GCSE Maths and English at grade 3 or above.
Entrants who do not have a GCSE grade 4 in Maths and/or English will continue studying these subjects.
At the end of the year, you are expected to have completed and achieved all the components of your Level 2 Study Programme and improved your Maths and English skills before progressing to your next course.

Ideally you will have had some prior work experience within an animal care setting and have GCSE science at grade 3 or above.
On successful completion of this study programme, you have lots of options. You will be able to look for full- or part-time employment in an animal care setting. With the correct results you can move on to the Level 3 Animal Management course, other Level 2 vocational courses or other Level 3 courses at Petroc. Your tutors will give you lots of advice and guidance on what you can do and how to progress.
We have a dedicated Animal Centre at Petroc. The range of animals and specialist equipment develop your skills to allow you to compete in a highly-competitive job market. These facilities include a tropical room, rodent room, guinea pig and rabbit room, Blue Cross rehoming cattery, aviary and an outside enclosure for goats.

At the Petroc Dog Grooming Studio we have specialist equipment to provide anything from a basic bath and dry, to a full groom including a nail clip and ear clean. The studio is open to the public and gives students the opportunity to engage with customers and hone their skills on visiting canine clients.
On your first day at college, you'll need to bring your GCSE certificates and details of any work experience you may have had to complete as part of your offer conditions for a place on the course.
Learners can expect to pay an additional cost of £65 (approx.) for animal centre overalls as well as essential trips and visits. You will also need to have your own pair of wellington boots!
Please contact the Advice & Guidance Centre on 01271 852422 for more information.
Q: Will I need any work experience to get a place on the course?
A: All applications are considered on an individual basis, but work experience with animals is often asked for. Even if you have kept your own pets, this can be very different to working in the animal industry. This also enables you to make an informed decision about your future career aims.