Animal Care, BTEC Technical Diploma
This course is perfect for animal lovers who want to develop their animal care skills to work in the industry. While it is physically demanding, this line of work is hugely rewarding when seeing the difference you make in an animal’s life.
This Animal Care Level 2 Diploma combines theory and practical work, which will provide you with animal-related knowledge, as well as experiencing a hands-on learning approach, with the opportunity to work with a large range of animals.
As a Weston College student, you will also benefit from our Career Excellence Hub, which means that you will get access to local employers, who will deliver masterclasses, offer placement opportunities and help you to make contacts within the industry.
What does the course involve?
You will get the chance to work with an exciting new range of animals thanks to our partnership with Puxton Park, one of the region’s top visitor attractions. This partnership enables students to develop industry specific skills working with the park’s specialist facilities and animals.
Puxton’s range of domestic, farm and exotic animals include tortoises, parrots, reindeer, owls, marmoset monkeys, meerkats, donkeys, goats, ponies, rare pigs, alpacas, cattle, emus and stick insects. The link will also allow you to gain broader customer service skills, by engaging with tourists, families and school parties - all helping you prepare for the world of work.
You will be based both at Knightstone Campus and Puxton Park, where you will benefit from:
- A bespoke animal management campus
- Weekly experience within an outstanding zoo farm
- The opportunity to study and work with a wide range of animal species from insects to primates
- Teaching from industry specialists
- Opportunities to undertake meaningful and substantial work experience
- Trips to animal establishments
- Guest lectures from a wide range of industry specialists. You will also improve your employability prospects, as well as being introduced to the further study and career opportunities this industry offers. Furthermore, we will work with you to develop your maths and English skills, attend tutorials, and Individual Development (ID).
All aspects will be discussed at your interview.
How will the course be assessed?
You will be assessed through practical observations, group work, coursework, presentations and exams.
Are there any additional costs?
You will be required to purchase a uniform for the practical elements of the course; however we do have some items of uniform available for loan and this can be discussed at interview.
What future study opportunities and careers are there?
After the Animal Care Level 2 programme you will be well equipped to work in the animal care industry in a retail role or in the RSPCA, catteries and kennels. You can improve your prospects of gaining higher-level work by progressing to the Animal Management Level 3qualification.
What do I do next?
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A minimum of five GCSEs at grade 9-2 with at least two at grade 4 or a qualifying Level 1 qualification.
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