Animal Care and Welfare Assistant Apprenticeship

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LOCATION & START DATE
Bicton College - as required
Bicton College - as required
LEVEL
Level 2 Levels Explained
DURATION
12-18 Months / Attendance 1-day a week term-time
LEARNING AREA
Animal Management & Veterinary Nursing Find out more
ATTENDANCE
Work-based

Animal Care and Welfare Assistant Apprenticeship

If you want to study a practical course in animal care, then this is the pathway to support your future career in the animal care industry.

Our specially designed animal husbandry school is set in the beautiful grounds of Bicton, boasting an impressive collection of animals, with over 150 different species.

This course gives you experience and confidence with working with a range of domestic and exotic species, you will get to study and work alongside an array of animals from lemurs and sebastopol geese, to llamas and axolotl.

Health and wellbeing of animals, preparing accommodation, feeding and grooming are just some of the essential skills you will learn as you progress through this course.

You will be learning from our experienced lecturers and technical staff, who have worked in the industry before and can pass on the skills to help you pursue your career in the animal care industry.

Caring for animals is an extremely fulfilling and rewarding career. From working in kennels and catteries, pet shops or rescue centres and zoos; there is a wide range of careers available upon completion of this course.

During this apprenticeship you will spend 1-2 hours a week on the AHS during the college training day only.

LOCATION & START DATE
Bicton College - as required
Bicton College - as required
LEVEL
Level 2 Levels Explained
DURATION
12-18 Months / Attendance 1-day a week term-time
LEARNING AREA
Animal Management & Veterinary Nursing Find out more
ATTENDANCE
Work-based

What you will learn

This apprenticeship is designed to introduce you to essential subjects such as health and safety, which are vital components of working within the land-based sector. This will then support you in your other modules such as preparing feed for animals, grooming or maintaining accommodations.

In addition, you will enhance your skills in animal handling, animal training and animal behaviour.

Entry requirements

GCSEs in English language and maths at grade 3 or above or equivalent functional skills in English and maths at Level 1. To start this apprenticeship, you will need to have a paid workplace on a 30-hours a week contract, that is relevant to the apprenticeship.

Assessment

At the end of the apprenticeship, you will need to undertake an End Point Assessment (EPA) in your workspace, this will involve 2 practical assessments and 1 formal discussion.

The first assessment will consist of the external assessor observing you at your workspace carrying out 2 practical activities which include feeding/watering and cleaning animal accommodation.

This will then be followed by professional discussion with an external assessor that will determine the skills, knowledge and behaviour that you learned during the apprenticeship. Your portfolio will be reviewed as evidence of your skills and knowledge. After the assessment, you will receive your grade. – Fail, Pass or Distinction.

Progression

Our Animal Management Level 3 or straight into full-time employment.

Careers in this industry:
- Dog walker
- Zookeeper
- Animal care assistant
- Dog groomer
- Pet shop assistant
- Kennel Assistant

Bicton College

Bicton College

Bicton College is based in East Devon, near Exeter, and set in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, just two miles from the Jurassic Coast. The historic Georgian mansion, commercial farm, animal husbandry school, modern veterinary nursing building, world-class engineering and heavy plant machinery workshop, walled garden and arboretum are all set in over 200 hectares of historic parkland.


This apprenticeship is designed to introduce you to essential subjects such as health and safety, which are vital components of working within the land-based sector. This will then support you in your other modules such as preparing feed for animals, grooming or maintaining accommodations.

In addition, you will enhance your skills in animal handling, animal training and animal behaviour.

GCSEs in English language and maths at grade 3 or above or equivalent functional skills in English and maths at Level 1. To start this apprenticeship, you will need to have a paid workplace on a 30-hours a week contract, that is relevant to the apprenticeship.

At the end of the apprenticeship, you will need to undertake an End Point Assessment (EPA) in your workspace, this will involve 2 practical assessments and 1 formal discussion. The first assessment will consist of the external assessor observing you at your workspace carrying out 2 practical activities which include feeding/watering and cleaning animal accommodation. This will then be followed by professional discussion with an external assessor that will determine the skills, knowledge and behaviour that you learned during the apprenticeship. Your portfolio will be reviewed as evidence of your skills and knowledge. After the assessment, you will receive your grade. – Fail, Pass or Distinction.

Our Animal Management Level 3 or straight into full-time employment. Careers in this industry: - Dog walker - Zookeeper - Animal care assistant - Dog groomer - Pet shop assistant - Kennel Assistant

Bicton College

Bicton College

Bicton College is based in East Devon, near Exeter, and set in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, just two miles from the Jurassic Coast. The historic Georgian mansion, commercial farm, animal husbandry school, modern veterinary nursing building, world-class engineering and heavy plant machinery workshop, walled garden and arboretum are all set in over 200 hectares of historic parkland.


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  • Course type Apprenticeship
  • Level - Level 2
  • Location - Bicton College
  • Start Date - As required
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  • Course type Apprenticeship
  • Level - Level 2
  • Location - Bicton College
  • Start Date - As required
  • Apply Now
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Fees apply to adults and HE students only. Only the most common fees scenario is shown. Actual fees may vary depending on your personal situation. Please contact us for further information.

Courses listed on this website are indicative of the subject, nature and level of study. The College reserves the right to alter specific qualifications titles, awarding bodies and levels of qualification, which can change in year. Any cost may also vary, based on personal funding eligibility. The Cornwall College Group reserves the right to withdraw any course listed at any time.

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