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Animal Care Diploma Level 2

Practical Vs Theory


Course overview

Devel­op your prac­ti­cal skills and expe­ri­ence you need to pur­sue a career work­ing with ani­mals. You will learn how to main­tain ani­mal accom­mo­da­tion, prac­ti­cal feed­ing, car­ing for exot­ic ani­mals and their biol­o­gy. You will under­take com­pul­so­ry work expe­ri­ence to expand your knowl­edge, work­ing in real life ani­mal care settings.


What Does The Pro­gramme Include

You will learn through a com­bi­na­tion of the­o­ry and prac­ti­cal-based learn­ing includ­ing writ­ten ass­es­ments, group dis­cus­sions, pre­sen­ta­tions and prac­ti­cal handling.

Entry Require­ments

4 GCSEs at grades 3/D or above, includ­ing Eng­lish, maths and science. 

We will review each appli­ca­tion on a case-by-case basis to ensure you get a place on the course most suit­able for you.

One of the ways we do this is through a very effec­tive 6 weeks to suc­cess pro­gramme’ that oper­ates from the first day you start your course. This includes sup­port such as (but not lim­it­ed to):

  • Allow­ing you to change cours­es if you change your mind in the first 6 weeks — sub­ject to course availability

  • Mov­ing you between course lev­els if you are find­ing your cur­rent lev­el too easy / too hard sub­ject to course availability

  • Incor­po­rat­ing Eng­lish and maths GCSE resits in to your timetable if you don’t pass at Grade 4

  • One-to-one reviews with your aca­d­e­m­ic tutor to ensure you are pro­gress­ing and achiev­ing well

Our course enquiries and admis­sions team can be con­tact­ed at enquiries@​stamford.​ac.​uk should you have any fur­ther questions.

How The Course Will Be Assessed

The major­i­ty of the assess­ment is com­plet­ed through ongo­ing assess­ment and prac­ti­cal han­dling of a vari­ety of species.

Addi­tion­al Information

The course con­tains very prac­ti­cal ele­ments and sen­si­ble, weath­er­proof cloth­ing is required, although tunics are pro­vid­ed. Steel toe capped boots are essen­tial, and will need to be pur­chased before you start the course. Please see our stu­dent sup­port web­pages to see if the col­lege can finan­cial­ly sup­port the pur­chase of these items https://​www​.stam​ford​.ac​.uk/​c​o​l​l​e​g​e​-life

All jew­ellery must be tak­en off dur­ing prac­ti­cals and hair also tied back.

Poten­tial Future Career

On suc­cess­ful com­ple­tion of this course with a Mer­it, you can progress to the Ani­mal Man­age­ment Extend­ed Diplo­ma Lev­el 3 or employ­ment as an:

  • Ani­mal Technician
  • Ani­mal Care Shel­ter Worker
  • Pet Shop Assistant
  • Ken­nel or Cat­tery Worker

You will also need to have passed GCSE Eng­lish, maths and sci­ence to progress to the Lev­el 3 Nation­al (Extend­ed) Diplo­ma in Ani­mal Management

Course Con­tent

You will study the fol­low­ing units:

  • Work-relat­ed expe­ri­ence in the land-based industries
  • Main­tain­ing ani­mal accommodation
  • Prac­ti­cal ani­mal feeding
  • Ani­mal health and welfare
  • Intro­duc­tion to the prin­ci­ples and prac­tices of ani­mal behav­iour and handling
  • Basic prin­ci­ples of ani­mal biology
  • Con­tribute to the care of exot­ic animals


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The real hands-on expe­ri­ences I have gained work­ing with a range of species at Col­lege has allowed me to con­tin­ue my stud­ies and become a Vet­eri­nary Nurse.

Tom Curnow



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