Animal Care BTEC Diploma

Animal Care BTEC Diploma

Study Mode: Full Time
Course Level: Level 2

Where will this course lead?

Our BTEC Level 2 Diploma is ideal for those who would like to work with animals in industries such as the RSPCA, pet shops, kennels and catteries, ranger and wildlife conservation work.

This qualification gives you the chance to study the theory side of caring for animals in our purpose built classrooms. You will also experience handling and caring for a variety of domestic and exotic animals in our state of the art Animal Care Centre.

What will I study?

Throughout the course you will study the following Units: - Maintain Animal Accommodation - Undertake Practical Animal Feeding - Contribute to the Care of Exotic Animals - Understand the Basic Principles of Animal Biology - Environmental and Land-based Business - Maintain Animal Health and Welfare - Undertake Work Related Experience in the Land-based Industry

How will this course be delivered?

You will be required to spend three days per week in College; the fourth day on an animal related work placement. The fifth day is a study day; this is time spent studying away from college and is essential in order for you to complete your assignments. You will be expected to complete approximately 12 hours of independent study a week in order to complete your course.

What qualifications will I get?

Please note: For September 2017 all current BTEC qualifications are being revised and some content may change.

How will I be assessed?

The course is assignment and exam based and students are given the opportunity to achieve Pass, Merit or Distinction grades within their work. You will be assessed practically three hours a week on the Animal Care Centre and also on your work placement. You will be assessed on skills such as animal handling, husbandry and dealing with colleagues and members of the public.

How do I get a place on the course?

You will be required to attend an interview at the College.

What are the entry requirements?

Minimum qualifications for this course are: - Two GCSE passes at grade D/3 or above in Science, English or Maths - Work-based Diploma Level 1 in Animal Care with a glowing reference - A suitable reference from your previous/current tutor or employer - A successful interview

What else do I need to know?

In order to complete the course, you need a one-day-a-week animal care work placement starting in September. You will need to provide a pair of steel toe cap boots, purchase a Solihull College boiler suit and a work placement polo shirt. The prices of these will be available upon application. Good levels of English and Maths are important for your success in your course, your chosen vocation and life.

Throughout your course you will continue to develop your English and Maths skills in your vocational classes. If you haven't achieved an A*/9 - C/4 grade in English or Maths at GCSE, you will also be working towards a qualification in English or Maths at a level that will enable you to progress towards a GCSE grade C/4+. If you have a Learning Difficulty or Disability please let us know when you apply. You will be offered support in your interview. If you need help completing your application we can help with this too.

What can I do after this course?

Providing you successfully complete the course with a Merit or Distinction grade and a good reference; students can progress onto BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary, BTEC 90 Credit Diploma, Veterinary Nursing, Animal Nursing Assistants or Work-based Diploma Level 2/3 Apprenticeship in Animal Care. For the Apprenticeship you will need to be in employment for approximately 30 hours per week, this can be discussed at your interview.

Have a question about the course?
Please contact Admissions on 0121 678 7000 with any queries.
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Blossomfield Campus




N/A For 16 to 18 Year Olds


Full Time