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Schools 14-16 - BTEC Level 1/2 Award in Animal Care

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Level: 2

Location: Broomfield Hall

Years: 2

Interview: Y

Course Summary

This course provides a foundation of knowledge, skills and experience of working with a range of small animals. From handling, feeding and housing to animal health and wellbeing.

Entry requirements

You should have a strong interest in caring for animals and a desire to work within the animal care industry. You need a good level of literacy and numeracy and the capability to organise the written information for your portfolio.  An interview will also be necessary.

Course Content

You will study the following units:

  • Animal Health
  • Animal Handling
  • Animal Welfare
  • Animal Housing and accommodation
  • Principals of Animal behaviour
  • Health and Safety

How will I be assessed?

The course is continuously assessed using a range of methods including written tests, projects, a paper based exam and practical assessments. All coursework will be compiled to build a portfolio.

Are there any additional costs or specialist equipment required?

  • Steel toe capped wellingtons
  • Green lab coat
  • Pens/ pencils and lever arch file

What can I do after this course?

  • L2 /3 Animal Care course  with additional GCSE’s
  • Employment with in the animal care industry


This course is run at the Broomfield Hall Campus

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Zoe Longdon

Zoe Longdon

Dog groomer Zoe leads the pack after college success

A mature student has praised a part-time Derby College course which allowed her to change career direction and launch the thriving business of her dreams.
Former dog warden Zoe Longdon, 43, said she gained essential support, skills and confidence at Broomfield Hall, while working for her City and Guilds Level 2 certificate in Dog Grooming.
Now Zoe is putting her knowledge into practice by running her own mobile dog grooming service called “Rovers Return”, from Newthorpe, Eastwood, Nottinghamshire.
She said level of training provided by lecturer Sue Oliver was above that which can be expected at Level 2 – and the course offered good value for money in comparison to the privately run equivalents  she researched.

“I started in business last summer. Now I’ve got 85 clients and I’m going from strength-to-strength.  I’ve achieved my dream and I’m loving every day.”

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