Level 2

02 Sep 2024
1 Year
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Animal Care Technical Certificate

The Animal Care Technical Certificate is ideal if you have little experience of working with animals. It combines theoretical knowledge with practical activities and projects. The course emphasises hands-on training – you will develop practical animal handling skills and gain an understanding of the basic care of a wide range of animal species.

Through our unique partnership with Puxton Park, awarded the National Farm Attraction of the Year, you will gain practical skills by participating in the care of a diverse range of animals. Your classroom lectures will come to life as you carry out practical sessions at the park, enabling you to develop industry-specific skills. This hands-on experience will involve working alongside experienced staff and engaging with farm visitors, so you will also develop essential employability skills like communication, customer service and decision-making.

Our experienced tutors are industry specialists, and they are dedicated to teaching you the necessary theory to complement your practical knowledge. Our qualifications have been developed in collaboration with local and national employers and are successful in getting our students into animal management-related jobs and onto relevant degrees.

By studying with us, you will become part of our Animal Management Career Excellence Hub. This provides unrivalled access to potential employers. Through guest lectures, trips, work experience, and recruitment events, you will gain valuable industry insights and networking opportunities.

WHAT DOES THIS COURSE INVOLVE

  • Animal health and welfare

  • Animal feeding and accommodation

  • Animal behaviour and handling

  • Animal nursing

  • Surgical care requirements

  • Legislation and limitations

  • Hygiene and infection control

  • End-of-life care and processes

  • Dealing with emotional clients

  • The principles of animal biology

  • British wildlife species, habitats and rehabilitation

  • Caring for exotic animals

Practical experience at Puxton Park could include working with animals including tortoises, parrots, reindeer, owls, marmoset monkeys, meerkats, donkeys, goats, ponies, rare pigs, alpacas, cattle, emus and stick insects.

ASSESSMENT METHOD

During your apprenticeship you will compile a portfolio of evidence to demonstrate your knowledge, skills, and behaviours. Once you have completed your portfolio, Functional Skills, and a minimum of 12 months of training, you will be able to undertake the End Point Assessment which consists of:

  • Practical Assessment: An observation of the apprentice by an independent assessor completing two practical tasks.

  • Professional Discussion: A structured discussion between the apprentice and the independent assessor, made up of a portfolio review and 10 competency-based questions to establish an applied level of knowledge, skills and behaviour. Your performance in the EPA will determine the apprenticeship grade of fail, pass or distinction.

FUTURE OPPORTUNITIES

You can progress to a higher-level qualification, subject to meeting entry requirements. Alternatively, the course could lead to employment opportunities or an apprenticeship.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

  • 4 GCSEs at Grade 3/D or above (including English, maths, and science) OR minimum GCSE Grade 3/D and Level 1 Functional Skills.

  • A genuine interest in caring for animals, a willingness to learn and motivation to gain a relevant work experience placement will also be considered on application.

WHAT DO I DO NEXT?

  • Ready to apply – please use the ‘apply now’ button at the top of this page.

  • I’d like to visit and see the facilities and chat to staff.

  • I have a quick question – use our Live Chat facility on the bottom right of this page.


iAn interview is required for this course.

What our Students say
Taylor White

Taylor

Animal Managment, Extended Diploma

The practical side of the course, and the fact that it is predominantly coursework based, is something that really appealed to me - nothing beats the day-to-day hands-on experience and interactions with animals.

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