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SGS Filton

Filton Avenue
BS34 7AT

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Course Detail

Level 2 Diploma Animal Care

Full time course


This programme is aimed at providing learners with the knowledge, experience and skills required to work in the animal care industry or to progress to further study in this field.

What will I study?

Modules studied may include: Work-related Experience, Animal Health & Welfare, Animal Biology and Animal Feeding and Accommodation.

As part of the ethos of upskilling our learners, opportunities to improve their Maths and English skills will be identified in lessons and throughout the course.

Maths and English

A key requirement to obtaining many jobs is achieving a good standard of English and Maths, therefore learners that do not yet have a GCSE grade 4 (grade C) in Maths will re-sit Maths alongside their vocational programme.

What do I need to join?

Learners should possess a minimum of a grade 4 (grade C) in English and Science. Additionally, learners need to be successful at interview and attend a college Taster day.

How long is the course?

1 year.

How will I learn?

Lessons will be a mixture of theory and practical sessions; the practical sessions may include experience with our own on-site animal collection and wherever possible making use of our external partnerships. There will be a variety of assessment methods used (written assessments, observations, presentations and discussions) and learners will gain a thorough understanding of the evidence they are expected to produce.

How will I know how I am doing?

Learners will discuss their own SMART targets with their personal tutor and these will then be specifically designed to enabe learners to progress to other courses. In order to review progress, learners will meet regularly with their personal tutor and feedback on assessments will be provided by teaching staff.

Are there any extra costs?

Learners will be charged materials fees, which will be used to purchase resources for the learners to use on the course (inclusive of PPE), to facilitate educational study visits and to support the learning taking place.

What can I do next?

Learners will be challenged to progress to further Level 3 (A Level equivalent) courses after successful completion of this course. To progress, learners must complete their Level 2 programme with a minimum attendance figure of 90%, have an exemplary attitude towards their learning and meet all assessment deadlines and overall achieve a merit in the Biology unit and 2 distinctions in any other units and have achieved a minimum of a C grade in English, Maths and Science.

What are my career options?

Learners can find themselves employed in kennels, catteries, pet stores, wildlife parks, dog grooming salons and working with zoological collections.

We would advise all learners to try and secure additional voluntary work in one of these industries alongside their work placement as this could provide enhanced opportunities for employment upon course completion.


Filton Campus.

Dates & Costs

Level 2 Diploma Animal Care

Duration: 1 Year
Qualifications: BTEC Level 2 Diploma

Currently there are no available dates for this course. This course is still actively running and we will publish new dates very soon.

For more information please contact

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