Animal Care BTEC Diploma Level 2

The course will give you the academic knowledge and practical skills you need for a position in the animal care industry.


The course will give you the academic knowledge and practical skills you need for a position in the animal care industry or to progress on to higher level courses.

You will study 4 mandatory units:

  • Undertake work related experience in the land-based industries
    • You will gain an understanding of the principles of work related experience and how these can be applied in practice.
  • Maintain animal accommodation
    • This unit will develop your ability to select the appropriate housing, taking into account the need for sufficient space and shelter, bedding for comfort and hygiene, furnishings for feeding, watering and enrichment. This unit will help to prepare you for the workplace as they will clean and care for the animals and maintain the housing on a regular basis.
  • Undertake practical animal feeding
    • General animal care skills are vital for anyone wishing to work within the animal care sector. Feeding animals does not just cover providing animals with food, but also the necessary equipment, how to provide and present food to the animal, feeding at different life stages, and the recording of food and water intake to monitor the general health of the animal.  The unit will prepare you for feeding a variety of species, and can be linked to healthcare and enrichment of animals by learning about different ways of presenting food to animals to mentally stimulate them.
  • Maintain animal health and welfare
    • You will develop the knowledge and skills needed to deal with both day-to-day animal health and welfare routines and animal health emergencies.  This unit covers monitoring and maintaining the health and well-being of animals, promoting and maintaining the welfare of animals, exploring common diseases, disorders and their prevention and treatment, and the principles and practices of animal first aid.

You will also study 3 of the following optional units:

  • Environmental and land-based business
  • Introduction to the principles and practices of animal behaviour and handling
  • Understand the basic principles of animal biology
  • Participate in providing estate maintenance
  • Conservation and improvement of British habitats
  • Presentation and service for retailing in the land-based sector
  • Introduction to animal breeds and grooming
  • Understand the principles and practices of animal establishments
  • Contribute to the care of exotic animals
  • Contribute to the nursing of animals
  • Introduction to caring for ornamental aquatics
  • Introduction to caring for horses

This course has a balance of academic and practical subjects. Practical work takes place at our purpose-built, extensive animal unit and the grooming salon.
Many students work at kennels, catteries, animal grooming parlours, pet shops, veterinary practices and stables. You may change your placement as your ideas develop. You will also work in the college's own animal unit under supervision.

Entry Requirements

A minimum of 4 GCSEs with the following grades:

  • English at 3 and maths at 2 or above, and
  • 2 other GCSEs at 3 or above

You will need a keen interest in the subject and a commitment to the welfare of animals.

Assessment Methods

Tutorials, presentations, written assignments and practical skills


On completion of this course you can progress on to the BTEC Extended Diploma in Animal Management level 3 course

You could move on to employment within the industry, including animal collections, kennels, catteries, pet shops, animal welfare establishments, animal grooming parlours and veterinary nursing.

Fees & Funding

If you’re a full time student under the age of 19 you will not usually need to pay any course or examination fees. Students aged 19+ should contact the information office, tel: 01484 437070 for fee information. Just like any other college you will be expected to pay for some essential costs. For this course these include, overalls and/or lab coat, strong foot wear, computer discs, some travel costs for visits. Help may be available for students in financial difficulties. Contact student support services, tel: 0500 162100.


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