Level 2

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The L2 Animal Care apprenticeship course runs for a minimum of 1 year and 1 day to 18months. Students attend college one day per week whilst working 30hrs a week which is a requirement of the apprenticeship framework. Students who complete the course, work in a variety of organsisation such as zoo’s, Kennels and Cattery’s.

Course content includes Animal Husbandry both theory and practical skills, Animal Health and Welfare and Infection control. Student have access to the Animal Management Unit which provides the perfect opportunity for practical learning. The on line tool Learning Assistant is used throughout the course for student to complete evidence to support their qualification. During completion of the course you will be assessed both at college and in the work place, completing both theory and practical based work.

The Framework includes:

  • Occupational Qualification - Diploma in Work-Based Animal Care level 2
  • Functional skills in English and maths
  • Employment rights and responsibilities
  • Personal learning and thinking skills

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Course reference: ANA001

Entry Requirements:

You will need an employer who would like to take you on as an apprentice.

You will also attend college for a minimum number of set hours each week. 

You will have ideally have achieved GCSE grades A-D or equivalent. If you have an equivalent qualification, we will also take this into consideration, along with any industry experience you may have. 

Dates & Location:

Starting points – September & January


Every Thursday for up to 18 months


Non-levy paying employers will share the cost of training and assessing their apprentices with government - this is called ‘co-investment’.

From April 2019, you will pay 5% towards to the cost of apprenticeship training and government will pay the rest (95%), up to the funding band maximum.

Future Opportunities

Students who have achieved this qualification have enjoyed employment in the animal industry including Zoo, Kennel and Cattery work.

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