Course type:

Level 2 Diploma Animal Care

This course is perfect if you want an introduction to working in the animal management industry. The 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 range of 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 also an excellent stepping stone to Level 3 education.

During this programme, you will also be expected to undertake a block of work experience which will allow you to broaden your knowledge, understanding and skills in practical industry live situations.

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

Career and education 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 National Extended Certificate in Animal Management.

Career opportunities include:

  • Kennel or cattery worker
  • Pet shop assistant
  • Veterinary assistant or receptionist
  • Animal collection worker
How to apply for this course

Course Duration

1 Year
1 Year course
Course type:
Full Time

Entry Requirements

3 GCSEs at grade 3 or above to include English Language and a Science.

Why study Animal at Hartpury College?

If you want to work with animals, then Hartpury offers a dedicated environment to provide you with the practical skills, qualifications and experience employers are looking for to succeed in this thriving industry.

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How to apply

Apply online

To apply for a diploma course or A-levels at Hartpury College please complete an online application

What happens next?

Once we receive your application, we will write and invite you to attend an interview and written assessment with a member of staff on your chosen course. The interview is an opportunity to discuss the course content, ask any questions you may have and go on a tour of the campus.


If you are unable to complete an online application please contact

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