Animal Care, Level 2 Apprenticeship

This apprenticeship will give you experience of working with animals and how to manage their care professionally. A wide range of roles working with animals would be suitable for this course, from catteries, pet shops and zoos and other tourist attractions that keep animals.

Animal health and welfare is a priority for all of the industry and the Animal Care Apprenticeships provide a practical entry and progression route that encourage apprentices to develop their skills and knowledge in areas of interest to them.

You will need to work with animals at least 30 hours per week.

Next: What will I learn?

What will I learn?

You will learn the practical skills needed to work safely in the sector and promote the best standards of care for the animals you work with. You will understand some of the behavioural characteristics and care needs of different species, how to feed and handle animals and the legal requirements applicable to your role.

Next: Assessment

How will I be assessed?

A wide variety of assessments will be used to demonstrate that you are competent working with animals. These could be observation by one of our assessors, written or recorded reports of what you have been doing, written answers to specific questions or testimony from other people stating what you have done. These will be built up into a portfolio, which is usually done online.  As part of the apprenticeship framework, reviews are completed every 12 weeks by the assessor where progress is discussed by the apprentice, assessor and employer.

Next: Career Opportunities?

Career Opportunities

This qualification demonstrate you are competent to work with animals in a wide variety of settings.  Job roles may include animal care assistant, pet shop/retail assistant, animal/dog groomer and animal boarding assistant.  It is also a progression route to an advanced apprenticeship.

Next: Entry requirements

Entry requirements

You should have the ability to pass English and Maths at level 1 and prior experience of working with animals in a work setting. You may have a related level 1 qualification but this is not compulsory if you have previous experience. In this case a reference would be required.

You must be employed for a minimum of 30 hours a week in the professional area that your apprenticeship is in.

Looking for Employment? See below for what to do next.

- Apply for this apprenticeship. We can then support you to find employment and prepare your job application.

- Register your details with the National Apprenticeship Matching Service (NAS) and search online for vacancies at

- Check the College’s website page regularly (sometimes employers only want to recruit locally and so they advertise on our website and not the NAS website):

- Make sure your CV is up to date and is relevant to the job industry you are applying to.

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Please note: If you are an adult student you may be entitled to financial support to cover the cost of your course, dependent on your circumstances. Please contact Student Services on for details. More about Student Finance.

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