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Animal Care (Work-based) Level 2

Course Overview

This dynamic Animal Care Level 2 course provides a comprehensive introduction to all aspects of animal care including health and wellbeing, grooming, accommodation needs and nutrition by providing a mixture of theory and practical work in our onsite animal collection. You will be taught how to effectively care for a large range of species in line with the latest industry standards and will work closely with your work-placement to develop the practical skills necessary to gain employment or progress onto further animal care qualifications.

What topics are covered?

You will learn to:

  • Control and restrain animals
  • Deliver basic treatments
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships
  • Maintain and develop personal performance
  • Maintain accommodation
  • Move animals
  • Promote and maintain health and well-being
  • Prepare accommodation and reduce risks to health and safety


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 who are just starting (out on their) vocational learning.

What are the entry requirements?

  • Four full GCSEs at grade D/3 or above including maths and English language, or a level 1 diploma
  • Previous work experience in working with animals
  • You will also need to attend a formal interview and pass an initial assessment in literacy and numeracy to a minimum of level 1.

What qualifications will I gain?

Level 2 Diploma

Who is the awarding body?

City and Guilds

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 rodents, birds, reptiles, amphibians, fish and creepy crawlies.

Which department is this course in?


Where will I need to go on my first day?

On your first day, please report to the Reception in the Cam Building at Somer Valley Campus.

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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