Hartpury College

Level 2 Diploma Animal Care

Course Overview

If you want an introduction to working in the animal management industry, this course is designed to provide you with a good understanding of the skills and practical elements needed to care for animals.

You’ll work with the animals within our collection and learn in both a practical and theoretical way, caring for animals in a manner which meets health and welfare standards. This course is an excellent stepping stone to Level 3 education.

What you will study

The units listed below reflect the subjects currently offered on this course but are subject to change:

  • Plan and monitor animal feeding
  • Manage animal accommodation
  • Maintain animal health and welfare
  • Introduction to the principles and practices of animal behaviour and handling
  • Introduction to animal breeds and grooming
  • Understand the principles of animal biology
  • Undertake work related experience in the land-based industries

Complementary qualifications you will gain whilst studying this course:

  • Award in managing personal finance
  • Award in healthy living
  • Award in practical small animal care skills

Career Opportunities

On successful completion of this course at Merit or Distinction level, along with a suitable reference from a tutor, you are able to progress onto the Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma in Animal Management.

Once a foundation understanding of the animal management industry has been gained, it is possible to continue in other more specific fields offered at the College, for example, dog grooming or training as an animal nursing assistant.

Career opportunities include: kennel or cattery worker, pet shop assistant, veterinary assistant or receptionist and animal collection worker.

Our students have gone on to some fantastic careers in a wide range of industries and enjoyed some exceptional work placements all over the world, helping them open doors to their dream careers. You can read our students’ stories here

Entry Requirements


Two GCSEs at grade D or above (any subjects)

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25 Feb 2017 2017 Diploma Open Morning Saturday 25th February

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In Brief


1 Year

Tuition fees

Students under 19 on 31 August 2016 are free (full time courses only). Examination fees for main qualifications are also free.

Students aged 19 to 23 may need to pay tuition fees.  We may be able to waive your fees if you are unemployed and receiving Jobseekers Allowance, studying your first full level 2 qualification or level 3 qualification.

Students aged 24 and over.  You may need to pay for your course.

Educational visits charge: An annual £65 fee is payable for all students and covers the cost of outside visits, special speakers and a contribution to the cost of administration.

When should I apply

We welcome applications for September 2016 entry from October 2015 onwards. You do not have to wait for your GCSE results.

How to apply

Please download the application form. Please note: you can complete this form on your computer and then print it to send back to us - you are unable to save. We will then contact you to arrange an interview.

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