Animal Care Level 2 - Companion Animals -

Animal Care Level 2 – Companion Animals

Course Details

  • Department

    Animal Management
  • Qualification

    Level 2
  • Course Type

    Full Time
  • Length

    2 Years
  • Location(s)


Course at a glance

Develop the skills to care for, handle and manage a wide range of species in this course, which focuses on companion animals such as cats, dogs, small pets and reptiles. You’ll also learn the theory and science underpinning animal care, paving the way for further study in the area.

Entry Requirements


at grade 3 (old GCSE grade D) or above to include two from English, Maths and Science, with at least a grade 2 (old GCSE grade E) in the remaining subject. Alternatively a suitable Level 1 vocational qualification with English and Maths at Level 1.

Cost for students aged Under 19


for students over the age of 19 please contact us


Key Information

Companion Pathway

This study programme will focus on animal care and develop the skills you need to care for and handle a variety of animals. The programme will involve lectures, talks from guest speakers, visits, practical sessions in the animal unit and work experience, but with emphasis placed upon companion (pet) type of animals.

Course Themes
• Plan and monitor animal feeding and accommodation
• Animal behaviour
• Animal health, biology and welfare
• Handling, breeds and grooming
• Work experience placement
• English and maths


Why Choose Us?

All students studying Level 2 Animal Care and Level 3 Animal Management have exciting opportunities to work alongside professional keeping staff in our award-winning Wildlife Park. This ever-expanding resource allows students to practice and develop skills in preparation for working in the industry.

As well as this, we have good links with professionals within the animal industry who participate in delivering employer engagement activities to broaden our students’ experiences and understanding of different careers.

4 GCSEs at grade 3 (old GCSE grade D) or above to include two from English, Maths and Science, with at least a grade 2 (old GCSE grade E) in the remaining subject.

Alternatively a suitable Level 1 vocational qualification with English and Maths at Level 1.

Upon successful completion of this course students may progress on to a Level 3 in Animal Management pathways:

Types of roles:

Kennel/cattery worker
Pet store assistant
Welfare charity worker
Dog groomer
Trainee veterinary nurse
Animal care technician
Animal rescue centre staff
Trainee zookeeper
Animal conservationist
Research associate
General worker (zoo)
Assistant Warden
Wildlife assistant
Quarantine establishment
Animal trainer
Dog grooming assistant
Animal welfare officer
Lab technician





Progression and Development Sessions:

All students enrolled on a Level 2 or Level 3 course will be required to attend Progression and Development sessions every week. These sessions will cover a wide range of topics from careers and employability, British Values and equality and diversity to essential life skills such as mental health and wellbeing, drugs and alcohol and personal safety.

Students are to undertake one day per week and one block week (if applicable) for work experience. Students are encouraged to find their own work experience in a role that they are interested in. The work experience coordinators are on hand to help you with finding a work placement.


Students are to complete a minimum of 150 hours.

Students are expected to buy PPE, consisting of overalls and steel toe capped boots for practical sessions. A normal range of stationary is required for theory sessions.


Trip costs are kept to a minimum wherever possible, trip information will be provided at the start of the course.

  • York Campus

    York is one of the College's two residential campuses and is located just four miles from York city centre. At York we offer a full range of subject areas and levels including Apprenticeships, Level 1-3 Diplomas, Foundation, Top Up and BSc Honours Degrees.

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Great place to study

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A world of species

A vast array of animal species

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