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Level 2 Technical Diploma in Animal Care


About The Course

Please be aware that there is now a waiting list for our Level 2 Technical Diploma in Animal Care course for 2021/22. Applications will still be accepted and placed onto a waiting list from those applicants who meet the entry criteria for the qualification (see below) and have fully completed an application form. However, interviews/offers will not take place until a later date. If you have any queries, please email: enquiries@bca.ac.uk

This course provides students with an excellent opportunity to access the animal industry and/or progress through to further courses in their chosen field.  Students are able to develop practical skills in animal husbandry and gain underpinning knowledge of animal-related topics.

Students will work with a range of animals inclusive of small mammals, farm livestock, exotic and zoo species housed in our extensive animal collection which is managed by our highly experienced and knowledgeable Animal Technicians.

The course also provides an opportunity for students to develop personal, social and employability skills alongside gaining confidence in becoming independent learners.

As part of this study programme students are required to study GCSE maths and English if a grade 4 has not already been achieved. This is an essential part of the programme in order for students to develop the literacy and numeracy skills required for successful entry into employment and/or progression onto future courses.

Entry Requirements

Four GCSEs at grade 3 or above, including English, maths and science.


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This course can lead to employment within:

  • Retail e.g. pet stores
  • Kennels & catteries
  • Farm parks & farms
  • Pet sitting/dog walking services
  • Dog grooming
  • Veterinary nursing assistant
  • Animal welfare assistant

Students can also progress (subject to meeting specified entry requirements) onto other courses such as a Level 3 Diploma in Animal Management, Agriculture or Equine Studies.