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Level: 2

Location: Broomfield Hall

Years: 1

Interview: Y

Course Summary

This is a College certificate course; however, you will gain industry recognised qualifications awarded by City & Guilds for each unit achieved. It is a one-year course aimed at supporting you to achieve qualifications to work as a dog walker/pet sitter and it will also provide information and guidance on starting your own business. There will be elements of theory and practical lessons to develop your skills and knowledge.


Entry requirements

You need a pass in a Level 2 Diploma in Animal Management programme.


Course Content

In addition to any Maths and English CGSE/Functional Skills qualifications that are necessary, the course consists of:
  • Level 2 Certificate of Technical Competence in Dog Walking
  • Level 2 Certificate of Technical Competence in Pet Sitting
  • Level 2 Certificate of Technical Competence in Animal Health, Husbandry and Handling


How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed via oral tests, written and practical assessments. 

Are there any additional costs or specialist equipment required?

You will need to supply your own:

  • PPE (lab coat and steel toe-capped footwear)
  • Stationery and notebooks


What can I do after this course?

After completing this course, it will be possible for you to become a dog walker or pet sitter or to work in other similar related fields. Alternatively, you can apply for an apprenticeship.


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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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