Animal Studies Extended Certificate Level 2

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    Full Time

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    One Year

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    September 2024


The Level 2 Animal Care Extended Certificate is designed allowing you to focus on a small number of units whilst receiving support to complete assignments. You will infill with the Level 2 Diploma learners but will complete less units in total.

You will complete practical and theoretical units and it is ideal if you feel you may require more support once you complete the Level 1 Animal Care (Land Based Studies) Diploma. It also offers a good opportunity to concentrate on achieving your Maths and English qualifications.

What will I do?

During the Level 2 Animal Care Extended Certificate, you will cover a range of core subjects, including:

  • Undertaking Work Related Experience in the Land Based Industry
  • Maintaining Animal Accommodation
  • Undertaking Practical Animal Feeding
  • Maintaining Animal Health and Welfare
  • Introduction to the Principles and Practices of Animal Behaviour and Handling

There will be educational visits through the year with an end of year trip. A number of professional speakers and/or visitors will be incorporated in the course.

You will have full access to the Small animal Care Unit and both practical and theoretical skills will be assessed here. 40% of your time will be spent in the unit and 60% will involve classroom based lessons.

You will undertake external work experience throughout your course in addition to your normal college hours, it is expected you will study independently to complete assessments.

If you have a Grade 2 or below in English or maths, you can study towards either a PASS in Functional Skills Level 2 or a GCSE grade 4-9. Once you have achieved either qualification, you will not be required to undertake any further English or maths.

Full time 16-19 learner with a Grade 3, must study towards a GCSE grade 4-9.

The entry qualifications for the Level 2 Animal Care Extended Certificate are four GCSEs at grade 3 or above (old grade D or above) or equivalent. As well as Level 1 Functional Skills in Maths and English.

You will need to demonstrate that you have completed two days of meaningful work experience.

The Animal Care Extended Certificate will take you one year to complete. You will attend College three-four days a week.

You will also be expected to complete 30 hours of internal/external work experience plus independent study.

The Animal Care Extended Certificate is free, if you are under the age of 19 on 31 August of the year you start the course.

If you are aged 19+, this course will cost £1500.

Fee remission may apply depending on personal circumstances, please enquire with the Registry Department for further information on 01205 365701 or email your query to

Please note that all fees are subject to change.

You will be assessed on the competency in which you carry out a range of practical tasks both at the Colleges Animal Care Unit. Theoretical aspects of the course are assessed via written assignments, controlled assessments, presentations and discussions.

Successful completion of the course can either lead to assistant type roles within the industry or you can progress to the Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma in Animal Management.

Additional costs include purchasing pens, paper, course specific materials and pay for educational and non-educational visits.

There are a number of educational visits arranged which you are encouraged to attend at a minimal cost, usually around £20.

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