The diverse and fascinating world of animals is growing all the time, making it an increasingly exciting industry to work in. This programme will allow you to work with otters, wallabies, lemurs, reptiles, amphibians and many more. You will develop practical skills working in our state-of-the-art commercial kennels and grooming parlour.
As well as the Diploma, Level 2 Animal Care can be studied at Certificate and Extended Certificate.
- Animal nursing
- Animal breeds and grooming
- Animal biology
- Work experience and employability skills
- English and Maths, as required.
One year full-time, normally in college three days a week.
Students can progress on to the BTEC Level 3 in Animal Management.
Application is through our online application form, by calling 0800 731 82 81 or by the Common Application Process (CAP).
Students are assessed through practical work, theory assignments, reports, posters, presentations and lab experiments.
Students undertake one day per week or block week(s) for work experience, and related trips. Practical sessions on the animal unit and kennels also assist with work experience. Students will complete approximately 150 practical hours.
Work as an animal boarding assistant, pet shop assistant, rescuse centre / animal sanctuary assistant, zoo or wildlife park worker, dog handler, animal / god groomer or an animal charity worker.
Students are required to have a kennel coat or overalls in blue and a white lab coat*, which are available from our online shop. Steel toe capped footwear is also required. We anticipate this will cost approximately £100.
There may also be additional costs for educational visits / trips.
*Lab coat is not needed for all pathways.
Four GCSEs at grade 3 or D or equivalent, preferably including Science, English and Maths, or a Level 1 qualification in a related subject. One satisfactory refernce is also needed.
BTEC Level 3 in Animal Management
There is nowhere in the country that can compare with Bishop Burton College’s Animal Management facilities and expertise, according to Callum.
He has benefitted from work experience placements at The Deep, in Hull, and a local veterinary practice but says it is the outstanding facilities, range of animals and expert tutors that make studying Animal Management at the College such a fantastic experience.
“We learn about animal welfare, animal science, legislation, law and how to look after animals – so all aspects really,” said Callum.
“We work with anything from mice up to wallabies, meerkats, lemurs and primates. My favourites to work with are probably the otters because they are so cheeky.
“It is a really well structured course and I enjoy the science aspect. The facilities are brilliant and the tutors are ace. I live on campus because I come from near London and there is nowhere quite like this. It is definitely the place to be if you want to work with animals, I would say.”