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Level 2 Diploma In Animal Care

This course prepares you for a National Diploma/Certificate and employment in the animal welfare industry.

Available Sessions

We have 4 sessions available for this course running in Bangor, Downpatrick, Lisburn

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Level 2 Diploma in Animal Care
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Level 2 Diploma in Animal Care
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Course Overview

This course is equivalent to four GCSEs and aims to develop your understanding and knowledge of small animal care.  It provides excellent preparation for working with animals and is suitable for those who wish to enter a wide range of careers from dog grooming to working in a zoo.  

Typically, you will be in class for a minimum of 15 hours per week. 


  • Maintain Animal Health and Welfare
  • Contribute to the Nursing of Animals
  • Understand the Basic Principles of Animal Biology
  • Introduction to the Principles and Practices of Animal Behaviour and Handling
  • Equine Studies (Downpatrick only)

You will also:

  • Undertake Work Related Experience in Land-based Industries
  • Undertake Practical Animal Feeding
  • Work related experience in animal care (one day a week) is an integral part of this course.  

You will work towards a Personal Development qualification and will be involved in a range of activities, designed to improve employability.  You will be required to complete Essential Skills in Literacy and Numeracy if you do not have a GCSE grade C in English or Maths.  This will be a mandatory part of your course.



Entry Requirements

A minimum of two GCSEs at grade C or above.  Preferably Maths and Science. 

An interview will be required.

Successful candidates will have to provide evidence of up-to-date Tetanus Vaccination or a valid Medical Exemption Certificate.

In circumstances where there are more applications for a course than there are places available, the College reserves the right to ask for higher grades.

Where will it take me?
This course can lead directly to jobs in animal grooming, animal rescue or as a pet shop assistant.  Alternatively further study at a higher level will lead to jobs such as veterinary nursing or management positions in the animal welfare industry.  The next course level is Level 3 90-Credit Diploma in Animal Management.
How will it make me more employable?
You will ‘Get the Edge’ by:

  • Gaining a vocational qualification demonstrating your theoretical and technical competence.
  • Gaining a Personal Development qualification demonstrating your employability skills (communication, teamwork, critical thinking).
  • Gaining hands on experience through completing approximately 120 hours of work placement.
  • Getting involved in activities such as the SERC Volunteer Programme and SERC Student Companies.
This course will help you succeed in a highly competitive job market by developing the skills and knowledge which employers need you to have.
How will I be assessed and given feedback?
You will be assessed by coursework, presentation, practical assessment and written submission.
Additional Costs
Travel to and from work experience.
Pearson (EDEXCEL)
Terms & Conditions

Students will be required to comply with SERC's Terms & Conditions of study.

While we endeavour to run all our courses on the advertised day, SERC reserves the right to change the day of week on which the course runs.

In addition to the above Terms & Conditions students must also adhere to the following:

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