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Level: 2

Location: Workplace

Years: 1

Interview: Y

Course Summary

You will be provided with a foundation in a broad range of skills required to work competently within the animal care industry.  Practical skills will be mostly practised and developed in the workplace while theoretical background knowledge will be taught and reviewed mainly at College.

Entry requirements

You need one of the following:

  • Introductory Diploma in a related subject, or
  • Three GCSEs at grade D or above

You should also have a standard of English and maths equivalent to Functional Skills Level 1.

If you are a mature learner, we may be able to take into consideration your previous experience in your chosen subject. Applicants will be interviewed, will undertake an initial assessment in English and maths, and must present an example of current work.

Course Content

The apprenticeship includes:

  • The Level 2 Diploma in Work-based Animal Care
  • Independent assessment of a knowledge-based element for each pathway
  • Functional Skills: Application of Number and Communication Level 1
  • Additional employer requirements: Emergency First Aid and one other legislative or nationally recognised occupational qualification relevant to the industry
  • Employment Rights and Responsibilities

How will I be assessed?

Training is largely work-based with ongoing practical assessments undertaken in your workplace.  You will keep a portfolio of evidence of your practical ability and theoretical understanding.

Are there any additional costs or specialist equipment required?

You will need safety boots, a lab coat, waterproofs and writing materials.

For apprentices over the age of 19, an employer contribution is required towards the cost of training.

What can I do after this course?

You can consider taking your qualification to the next level with an advanced apprenticeship, the Diploma in Work-based Animal Care Level 3 or the City & Guilds Level 3 Extended Diploma in Animal Care.  You can also progress within your career in the animal care industry.

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Lauren Cooper

Lauren Cooper

One of Lauren’s best ever decisions

Going to Derby College to study animal management is, says higher education student Lauren Cooper, one of the best decisions she has ever made. Lauren, who took her level three qualifications with the College, is now on a higher education animal management course. She hopes to work in a zoo or in canine rehabilitation in the future. Although she has always loved animals, Lauren hadn't realised such learning opportunities were available to her when she first left school with GCSEs. That all changed though after she went along to an open day at Broomfield Hall with her sister Natasha – a Derby College floristry student. As a then 24 year old with a young child, Lauren discovered that she qualified for free tuition on the level 3 animal care course, bursary help with her travel expenses and a free on-site nursery place for son Zander. Lauren, who has two lurchers and a lizard named Scott at home, particularly relishes the hands-on elements of her HNC course – especially handling more unusual species such as porcupines and skunks. Supportive tutors and family fun days which 'tractor mad' Zander loves, are also among other great aspects of studying at Broomfield Hall.

She said: "Taking the decision to come to Broomfield Hall was a no brainer.
"I loved everything about the level 3 course and I'm really enjoying the higher education course I'm on now. I hope my experience will be an inspiration to other people who have a passion for learning how to look after animals."

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