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.
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.
MSc Applied Animal Behaviour and Training
After graduating as Student of the Year, Sandra used the skills she learnt studying from the MSc Applied Animal Behaviour and Training course to pursure a career within bovine welfare monitoring.
Q: Tell us about your current role?
A: The MSc in Applied Animal Behaviour and Training from Bishop Burton College gave me the confidence to accept work in bovine welfare monitoring at a DIY artificial insemination course for farmers.
Q: How have the skills you learnt at Bihop Burton College helped within your role?
A: As a result of the experience I gained from the course, I was able to search the literature, critically analyse relevant research, adapt it and fuse it with my veterinary knowledge to design a welfare monitoring programme. In addition, the course also equipped me with the ability to teach farmers about bovine welfare through the medium of PowerPoint.