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Animal Care BTEC Technical Diploma Level 2

Course Overview

This Animal Care BTEC Level 2 course is aimed predominately at school leavers who wish to learn the key necessary elements of animal care, whilst also working towards their maths and/or English qualifications if these have not been achieved prior to enrolment. This course provides development of theory and practical skills within the animal care industry through a mixture of theory and practical sessions involving group and individual work; research tasks and tutor-led sessions which help develop industry relevant skills working with a range of animal species.

What topics are covered?

Units include:

  • Maintaining animal accommodation
  • Maintaining animal health and welfare
  • Undertaking practical animal feeding
  • Undertaking work related experience in land-based industries
  • Introduction to the principles and practices of animal behaviour and handling
  • Understanding the basic principles of animal biology
  • Contributing to the care of exotic animals


As a full-time student at Bath College, you will follow a study programme consisting of a vocational diploma, maths and English, employability skills, volunteering and tutorial. Please visit our Study Programmes page for details.

Who is the course aimed at?

This course is most suited for people aged 16-18 and may also meet the needs of mature students up to 25 years.

What are the entry requirements?

•Four full GCSEs at grade D/3 or above, including maths and English language, or a Level 1 Diploma (maths and English functional skills / GCSE will be mandatory for those who have not achieved Grade C/4 or above prior to starting at Bath College)
Previous work experience in working with animals (preferable)

What qualifications will I gain?

BTEC Level 2 Diploma in Animal Care

Who is the awarding body?


How will I learn?

You will learn through a range of taught theory sessions; practical animal handling and animal husbandry duties sessions. You will also undertake a weekly voluntary work placement where you will relate theory from College to practice in the animal care industry.

How will I be assessed?

Assessment is predominantly coursework with a range of practicals, role plays and evidence workbooks being completed throughout the year.

What can I do after this course?

After the course, many students gain employment in the animal care industry; working as animal care assistants in kennels, catteries, pet shops, animal collections and veterinary surgeries. Students who wish to become veterinary nurses may wish to complete the Veterinary Care Assistant course (in our Veterinary Nursing department). Alternatively, students who wish to aim higher may want to enrol on and complete our BTEC Level 3 90-Credit Diploma in Animal Management, moving onto the Extended Diploma in Animal Management in their second year of study.
Some students may also choose to accept an apprenticeship in an animal care business.

Are there any additional costs?

All students are required to wear PPE in our animal collection. All students must purchase a pair of blue overalls and steel toe capped boots / wellingtons, before starting at College.

What funding is available?

For funding information, please refer to our Funding page.

What facilities are available?

Our Animal Care Centre is home to all sorts of domestic rodents, rabbits, poultry and aviary birds; with a specialised exotics room containing a range of reptiles, amphibians, fish, invertebrates and exotic mammals.

What organisations does the College work with on this course?

All our animal care students must attend a weekly voluntary work placement during their course of study. In the past students have attended placements in kennels, catteries, veterinary surgeries, zoos, wildlife parks, pet shops, exotic retailers, grooming parlours and stables. Students are required to find their own placement prior to starting at College; these are then assessed and checked by our health and safety (work placement) officer.

What are the leisure and cultural activities?

A range of trips are planned throughout the year and students will also be expected to take part in an Industry mock-interview and attend guest speaker sessions; led by key industry experts in the animal care and management industry.

Which department is this course in?


Where will I need to go on my first day?

The Upper Landbased Building – here you will be met by a member of staff and directed to the relevant room.

What do I need to bring?

  • Your GCSE certificates
  • Pens and Paper
  • Work Placement details
  • Lunch (or money for Lunch in our canteen)

What else do I need to know?

You must inform staff of any medical or personal information which may affect you working outdoors with the range of animals that we have on site. This may include allergies, health problems or phobias. This is important to maintain our safe working practices in our animal collection.

Where can I find out more information?

For advice or more details please telephone 01225 312191 or email info@bathcollege.ac.uk. You may also visit our Student Advice Centre.

If you have a learning difficulty or disability, please contact Additional Learning Support to arrange additional help.

How do I apply?

Online: Click the "Apply" button and fill out an online application form.

By post: download the Full-Time Application Form and send to Student Advice Centre, Bath College, Avon Street, Bath BA1 1UP.

In person: Visit the Student Advice Centre in either of our campuses

To find out more about the application process, please go to the How to Apply page.


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