C&G Animal Care - Level 2

City & Guilds Level 2 Animal Care Diploma

This qualification is aimed at students who wish to work in the animal care industry or progress to further learning and/or training in this sector. This qualification builds a foundation of knowledge and the chance to practise skills used within the animal care industry. Students may progress to Level 3 qualifications such as Technical Levels. Alternatively, students could progress into employment or an apprenticeship. This qualification has been developed in collaboration with employers, sector experts, colleges and training providers. 

Subject requirements: 

Minimum of 4 subjects with an average GCSE score of 4 (including English and Maths or English and Science)

Teacher contact: Miss E Blakey 

Course Content 

The following units are compulsory:  

  • Animal health and welfare
  • Practical animal feeding
  • Animal accommodation
  • Work-related experience in land-based industries

Students follow these optional units, although these can be amended to reflect the interests of a particular student cohort:

  • Animal nursing
  • The principles of animal biology
  • British wildlife species, habitats and rehabilitation
  • Caring for exotic animals
  • Students will gain a broad scientific and practical introduction to handling and caring for a range of farm and small animals, together with related work experience. 

 Assessment Criteria

To gain this qualification, students will complete the following assessments:

  • Internally marked assessments for each unit.
  •  A work experience portfolio
  • An externally sat examination may be required.

This qualification is subject to confirmation of central funding.

Exam Board: City & Guilds

Are you interested in:

  • A career with animals?
  • Improving your animal knowledge?
  • Building your scientific thinking?
  • Working in practical ways?
  • Understanding more about farming and husbandry?

Leading to a career in:

  • Employment in the land-based sector
  • Employment with animals
  • Apprenticeships in farming
  • Further Science courses
  • Level 3 Animal Management

Click below to learn about Animal Care and Management courses from a student perspective.


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