Level 2 Diploma

Animal Care

This popular introductory level course is designed to prepare you for employment within animal welfare and rescue, boarding kennels and catteries, pet stores or grooming parlours.

The course offers a good mix of theory, task-based learning, tutorials and practical workshops at college combined with field visits and work experience in the animal care industry. You’ll explore all aspects of animal husbandry along with an introduction to animal biology.

Course includes

What will I study?

  • Animal health and welfare
  • Animal accommodation
  • Animal feeding
  • Animal behaviour and handling
  • Animal biology
  • Conservation and British habitats
  • Functional Skills or GCSE in English and Maths depending on previous qualifications
  • Work placement (currently 1 day per week)

How long will it take?

  • 1 year, full-time

What qualifications do I need to start?

What qualifications will I gain?

Course options after this programme

Career options

  • Kennels or cattery assistant
  • Pet store assistant
  • Pet grooming
Useful information

How much will this course cost?

If you are under 19 on 31st August 2016 the tuition fees and exam costs are free for our courses. If you are aged 19 or over you may have to pay a fee.

You may also be required to pay costs associated with study tours or additional qualifications.

For more information on fees and to find out about what financial support may be available to you visit the student finance pages on our website.


Our college buses pick up over 1,000 students each day from a wide area. The cost of daily transport is subsidised if travelling on the College bus service. To find out the cost of transport and a bus route near you visit the transport pages on our website.


At Reaseheath we have on-site residential accommodation for 785 students. If you are aged over 16 and studying on a full-time course you may apply for a residential place. Visit the accommodation pages on our website for more information.

How do I apply?

If you have found a course you are interested in and are in Year 11 or above you can apply now online. For a step by step guide on the application process visit the how to apply pages on our website.

Frequently Asked Questions

You can find out more information about this course on our FAQs page.

Student Profile
Adam Al-Khan

Ambition: Zoo keeper / conservationist

School: Westwood College, Leek

Age: 21

Keen on exotic animals, particularly snakes, Adam’s been in his element during practical sessions in our specialist reptile room and has also enjoyed his weekly work placement as a trainee zoo keeper at Blackbrook Zoo, Staffordshire, where he has gradually taken on more responsibilities.

A former trainee development chef, he’s really pleased that he decided to change direction and has been making the most of his time at Reaseheath. Apart from his work placement he’s particularly enjoyed visits to zoos and museums and listening to talks by industry professionals.

Adam has now progressed onto our Level 3 Extended Diploma in Animal Management and is considering specialising in zoo management.

He says: “Studying at Reaseheath has made me realise what a wide range of jobs are available and given me lots of different experiences. There’s a good variety of animals here, from exotics to companion animals here, and the facilities are brilliant.”