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Animal Care Level 2


On this course students will learn about animal care and develop the skills needed to care for and handle a variety of animals.


Students will learn how to plan and monitor animal feeding as well as learn how to maintain animal health, welfare and accommodation. The course themes include planning and monitoring animal feeding, maintaining animal health, biology, welfare and accommodation, animal handling and grooming.

There are lectures, talks from guest speakers, visits, practical sessions in the Animal Unit and work related experience. Students' work is assessed continually throughout the course.

Students studying at our York Campus have the choice of two pathways; Companion Animal or Zoo Animal. Students at York will study this course in our Animal Management Facility and Wildlife Conservation Park. These facilities home a range of animals including reptiles, amphibians, mammals, birds, fish and invertebrates.

Students studying at our Wakefield centre will spend part of their time at York and part at Wakefield. Students will study this course in our  Animal Management Facility and Wildlife Conservation Park based at York and at Bull Ring House in Wakefield.

Students studying at our Saltaire and Middlesbrough centres will have the opportunity to use the Animal Management facilities at both Newton Rigg College as well as at Askham Bryan College, York as well as working at offsite local facilities in partnership with the College.

Entry Requirements

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.

Further Study

Upon successful completion of this course students may progress on to a Level 3 Extended Diploma in Animal Management.

Askham Bryan College,
Askham Bryan,
YO23 3FR
01904 772277