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Level 2 Diploma In Animal Care

Providing a comprehensive introduction to all aspects of animal care, students will benefit from a mix of theory combined with a large degree of practical work at our custom-built animal management unit. You will learn about the structure and function of the animal body, animal welfare and animal health and nursing. Throughout the course, you will be required to complete work experience on the animal unit to further develop your practical skills, in addition to work experience in the industry throughout the year.

Course Duration:

Full Time

College Attendance:

1 year, 4 or 5 days a week and work experience.

Campus

Hadlow Campus

Canterbury Campus

Mottingham Campus

Course Content:

  • Maintain Animal Health and Welfare
  • Undertake Practical Animal Feeding
  • Maintain Animal Accommodation
  • Undertake work related experience in the land based industries
  • Introduction to the Principles and Practice of Animal Behaviour and Handling
  • Understanding the Basic Principles of Animal Biology
  • Understand British Wildlife Species, Habitats and Rehabilitation

Assessment Method:

Students will be assessed throughout the course using assignments, tests and practical observations. Students are encouraged to relate theory to practice in all assessments.

Entry Requirements:

Minimum of 4 GCSEs C - D / 4 - 3 Grade or equivalent (Level 1 Diploma), which must include GCSE in English OR maths A - D / 9 – 3 Grade or equivalent.

Additional Experience:

Life experiences will also be taken into account when considering applications.

Progression Routes:

Successful students can further enhance their skills by enrolling onto a work based qualification, Apprenticeship or Level 3 Diploma. Alternatively, should they wish to do so, they may gain employment within the industry.

Additional Learning Opportunities:

Students may have the opportunity to undertake additional short qualifications as part of their course. These are designed to support future careers.

Specialist Equipment Needed

In addition to standard college equipment, students will need steel toe-capped boots, waterproof clothing and a Hadlow College fleece and t-shirt.

Available Clothing

Animal Management Body Warmer

Animal Management Jacket

Animal Management Fleece

Animal Management Polo Shirt

Resources

  • Multi-million pound animal management home to a range of species
  • Small mammals, invertebrates, reptiles, amphibians, aquatics and grazing animals
  • Extensive paddock facilities
  • 6 custom built aviaries for exotic birds
  • Commercial dog grooming salon
  • Fully functioning veterinary nursing training suite equipped for teaching purposes

Typical Employers

Animal rescue centres, animal charities, zoos and wildlife parks, as well as educational institutions and retail outlets.

Industry Links

Students benefit from close ties with a number of different organisations including the Wildlife Heritage Foundation, the Kent Wildlife Trust as well as local zoos, wildlife parks and rare breed centres.

Please note that all programme specifications and course modules are subject to annual change.

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