Animal Care Level 2 Diploma

Awarding body: City & Guilds
Qualification: Diploma
Course Level: Level 2
Location: The Hub/NRC
Duration: 1 year full-time
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Course Description

The course is suitable for those who have achieved a Level 1 qualification in animal care or have substantial relevant experience. It will provide you with the skills and vocational qualifications so that you can work in an animal related environment. It includes a large amount of practical, outdoor training. You must commit to 100% attendance and be prepared and willing to work in all weather conditions.


You will be expected to be available to attend college for a minimum of 3 days per week plus a half day work experience. The practical aspects of the programme are based at the Northern Racing College near Bawtry.

Course Structure

The following mandatory units must be completed to achieve the qualification:

  • 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 Practices of Animal Behaviour and Handling
  • Introduction to Animal Breeds and Grooming
  • Introduction to Caring for Horses  


In addition to your course you will attend regular tutorials. You will also study the L2 Award in understanding Ecology & Conservation

Plus functional skills in Maths & English.

Course Assessment

This is a portfolio based assessment qualification. Assessments will be made on practical ability and knowledge and understanding of set criteria.

Entry Requirements

  • L1 Landbased studies in Animal care or an NVQ L1 in Animal Care
  • Level 1 Literacy or working at level 1 determined by diagnostic test
  • For equivalent qualifications see the Entry Requirements Explained page
  • All applicants must complete an initial assessment in Maths and English and attend an interview
  • Knowledge of the care and wellbeing of a variety of animals is expected.

Course Progression Routes

You may have the opportunity to progress onto BTEC Level 3 in Animal Management with this qualification, but must be working at a level 2 functional skills English and Level 1 functional skills in maths.

Course Career Prospects

Opportunities to progress may include;

  • Trainee Veterinary Nurse
  • Access to Grooming Courses
  • Working within Animal establishments as an Animal Care Assistant
  • RSPCA - working in rescue centres, or work towards becoming an animal welfare officer


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If you are unsure about your career progression please contact the Careers Team.


Guest speakers from industry are arranged throughout the year to enhance your learning and increase your knowledge of career opportunities. Trips to Chester Zoo, Yorkshire Wildlife Park and the RSPCA will be arranged which are beneficial to your course and learning. These activities are optional and additional fees will be charged to you. Details will be provided at the time of interview.

Course Costs

There are no course fees if you are under 19 years old on 31 August 2013. However, you will have to pay for textbooks, personal kits, uniforms, trips and personal stationery. You will be informed of these at your interview.

You will be required to purchase a uniform from college.


Specific Course Information Contact

Karen Smith

karen.smith01@don.ac.uk 01302 864775

For Application and Enrolment Information Contact

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Doncaster College,
The Hub,
Chappell Drive,


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