BTEC Animal Care Level 2

Key Information

Subject Area

Subject Area
Agriculture & Animal Care



Mode of Study

Mode of Study
Full Time


Usk Campus

Start Date

Start Date
02 September 2020


1 year

Entry Requirements

Entry Requirements

Minimum of 4 GCSEs grade D or above to include either Maths/Numeracy or English/Welsh 1st Language; or an appropriate Level 1 Diploma qualification in the relevant vocational area to include either GCSE Maths/Numeracy or English/Welsh 1st Language grade

In a nutshell

This is a one-year, full time course which provides you with the knowledge and skills to be able to work with a range of animals

This course is for you if...

... You’re interested in animal science and behaviour
... You want to gain hands on experience working with a variety of animals
... You want a combination of classroom study and practical work

What will I be doing?

This is an academic course, supported by a reasonable amount of practical work with animals. You’ll also get the opportunity to develop skills through a one week work placement.

You’ll study:

  • Biology
  • Animal accommodation
  • Animal feeding
  • Animal health
  • Work experience
  • Animal behaviour
  • Horse care

You’ll also have the opportunity to achieve a practical qualification (Level 1 Work-based Award in Animal Care). This practical qualification provides the evidence of the skills you’ll acquire working with animals.

During the practical sessions, you’ll work with animals in our well stocked animal care unit, which houses a range of animals from ferrets and chipmunks, to snakes and spiders. You’ll also work with the sheep and cattle on The Rhadyr Farm and horses at the equine centre at the Usk Campus.

The course is assessed through practical assessment and written assignments to demonstrate your understanding and you’ll achieve the following qualifications:

What is expected of me?

To qualify for this course, you’ll need a minimum of 4 GCSEs grade D or above to include either Maths/Maths Numeracy or English/Welsh First Language, or an appropriate Level 1 Diploma qualification in the relevant vocational area to include either GCSE Maths/Maths Numeracy or English/Welsh First Language grade

Full commitment to attendance is required, as well as respect for others, enthusiasm for the subject and self-motivation. You’ll be expected to participate in all practical sessions with the animals and hand in all assignments on time. You’ll be continually assessed and there is an expectation that you’ll continue your studies and coursework/work placement during your own time

What comes next?

Level 3 Extended Diploma Animal Management (with Science) or employment in related industries such as grooming parlours, pet stores, veterinary practices, catteries, farms and kennels.

Additional information

You’ll need to have an up-to-date tetanus injection before commencing work with the animals.

You’ll need to purchase steel toe capped wellingtons and overalls to wear when you are working with the farm animals. You can purchase these from the college for approximately £35 when you enrol.

Where can I study BTEC Animal Care Level 2?

Usk Campus
(Full Time)
Start Date: 02 September 2020

Have any questions or are not sure if this is the right course for you?

Call 01495 333 777 to speak to our Student Recruitment team

All courses may be subject to change

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