Practical Animal Care Skills - Level 2

Practical Animal Care Skills - Level 2

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hatAdult PT
calendar34 Weeks
pinLancaster & Morecambe College
Start date: 18/09/2024, 5 30pm to 8 30pm (Wed)

The Practical Animal Care Skills (Animal Care and Welfare) Level 2 course is aimed at adults looking to gain further knowledge and skills in small animal care and welfare.

The course will be taught during one evening per week, for one year, and will cover a range of practical animal care skills including handling and restraint, health care, health and safety, feeding and watering, maintaining accommodation, exercise and moving animals.

You’ll take part in a mixture of theory and practical based sessions, assessed by internal written assignments and observation of practical skill competence. Some home study will be required which may include research, revision and completion of coursework.

Course Overview

You will study a range of animal care subjects, these may include:

  • Health and well-being of animals

  • Prepare and maintain animal accommodation

  • Prepare and provide feed and water to animals

  • Animal handling and restraint

  • Movement and transportation of animals

Lessons will be a mix of theory-based classroom work and practical workshop sessions where you will gain experience looking after a range of small animals.

Progression Routes

Students may choose to continue their studies within College by progressing onto one of the following courses:

  • Level 1 Environmental Awareness

  • Level 2 Animal Care

  • Level 3 Animal Management

  • Level 2 Land-based Studies

Upon completion of this course, you could continue study and use your experience to move into other animal care careers, like veterinary nursing, or find work in a zoo or wildlife park. There may also be opportunities to go into training, for example working with assistance dogs.

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Entry Requirements

There are no formal entry requirements for this course. Successful applicants will:

  • have enthusiasm for the subject and industry

  • commitment to study (attendance, punctuality & behaviour)

  • be able to work independently

  • proven interest in animal care and willingness to work with a range of different animal species

  • good interpersonal skills

Course Fees

This course costs £264.00, including exam fees.

You may be eligible for free study if you are 23 or under and this is your first full Level 2 or 3 course. Alternatively, if you are unemployed, receiving an eligible benefit, and taking the course to help you find employment.

You may also be entitled to additional financial support including course materials, uniforms, and childcare expenses depending upon your individual circumstances. Read more about Financial Support for adults.

How to Apply

If you would like to apply for this course, please click 'Apply' in the top right, follow the steps, and our Admissions Team will be in touch with you.

For more information, advice and guidance please phone Student & Learning Services on 01524 521385 or 0800 306306 or email

Course code: B36022-S01