Animal Care and Welfare Assistant Apprenticeship

QUALIFICATION
Level 2 in Animal Care
LOCATION
Bicton College
Bicton College
START DATE
As required
As required
DURATION
12-18 Months
LEARNING AREA
Animal Management & Veterinary Nursing
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.

As a level 2 course, it is ideal should your GCSE results not be what you expected, or if you prefer a course with a mixture of portfolio evidence and practical assessment. 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 are a wide range of careers available on completion of this course.



As part of your course, in your first year, you will be required to carry out work experience internally on the Animal Husbandry School. In the second year, you are required to complete an external work experience placement, in an animal care establishment of your choice. This gives you ‘real life’ experience of what it takes to work in the industry, as well as being able to enjoy visits to local zoos and wildlife parks.

QUALIFICATION
Level 2 in Animal Care
LOCATION
Bicton College, Bicton College
START DATE
As required, As required
DURATION
12-18 Months
LEARNING AREA
Animal Management & Veterinary Nursing
ATTENDANCE
Work-based

What you will learn

In your first year, you will complete a certificate in animal care that prepares you to progress into your second year to achieve a diploma.

In your first year your course is designed to introduce you to essential subjects such as health and safety, which is a vital component 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 accommodation.

In your second year you will enhance these further by developing your skills in control and restraint, training animals and carrying out basic treatments.

Entry requirements

GCSEs in English language and maths at grade 3. You will need an employer willing to take you on as an apprentice.

Assessment

At the end of the programme you will need to undertake an End Point Assessment (EPA) this will involve completing some practical activities and having a professional discussion with an external assessor. Your portfolio will be reviewed as evidence of your skills and these three areas will all need to all be passed at a satisfactory level for you to be allocated an overall grade.

Progression

Our Animal Management Level 3 or straight into employment.

Careers in this industry:
Zookeeper
Animal care assistant
Dog groomer
Animal trainer
Dog warden
Pet shop 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.


In your first year, you will complete a certificate in animal care that prepares you to progress into your second year to achieve a diploma.

In your first year your course is designed to introduce you to essential subjects such as health and safety, which is a vital component 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 accommodation.

In your second year you will enhance these further by developing your skills in control and restraint, training animals and carrying out basic treatments.

GCSEs in English language and maths at grade 3. You will need an employer willing to take you on as an apprentice.

At the end of the programme you will need to undertake an End Point Assessment (EPA) this will involve completing some practical activities and having a professional discussion with an external assessor. Your portfolio will be reviewed as evidence of your skills and these three areas will all need to all be passed at a satisfactory level for you to be allocated an overall grade.

Our Animal Management Level 3 or straight into employment. Careers in this industry: Zookeeper Animal care assistant Dog groomer Animal trainer Dog warden Pet shop 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.


Dates & Locations

  • Course type Apprenticeship
  • Location - Bicton College
  • Start Date - As required
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  • Course type Apprenticeship
  • Location - Bicton College
  • Start Date - As required
  • Apply Now
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