Key Details

  • Available at:
  • Course type:
    Full-Time (Further Education)
  • Study Mode:
  • Level:
  • Programme Area:
    Animal Studies and Veterinary Nursing
  • Course Length:

    1 year

  • Bilingual:

    This programme is available bilingually at the following campus(es):

    • Glynllifon

Please note: We recommend that you have access to a laptop/chromebook to enable coursework to be completed digitally at home. There is a dedicated IT Digital Inclusion fund to support those learners who do not have a digital device and are unable to purchase one.

Course Description

Would you like a career in animal care? Could you benefit from a practical Level 2 programme?

This programme is designed for students who want to work in the animal care sector. This includes working with companion animals, animal collections and animal charity organisations. The programme prepares you to start work in this area, or to progress onto vocational qualifications at an advanced level.

The programme is suitable for students progressing from a related Level 1 qualification, or from GCSEs. It is also ideal for adults, who may already be employed in this sector.

Entry Criteria

In order to qualify for this course, you will need at least one of the following:

  • 4 GCSEs at grade D or above, including English or Welsh 1st Language and Maths, or Entry 3 / Level 1 ESQ in Numeracy and Communication
  • A relevant Level 1 qualification at Merit
  • Relevant industry experience

As part of the application process, you will be asked to attend an interview to give you the opportunity to discuss the course.


The programme will be delivered through a blend of the following:

  • Practical work, with some classroom work to develop understanding
  • Visits to animal establishments and working with different animal species
  • Classroom tasks
  • Field trips and excursions to broaden experience

You will study a variety of subject-specific modules, in addition to literacy and numeracy skills.

The Glynllifon site is 750 acres of farm and woodlands, with specialist animal care facilities.

Your programme will include a combination of:

  • Essential Skills qualifications and/or
  • GCSE resits
Essential Skills

This may include a combination of Application of Number, Communication, Digital Literacy and Essential Employability Skills

GCSE resits

This may include GCSE Numeracy/Maths and/or Welsh/English Language.


The programme is assessed through a blend of the following:

  • Practical assessment for most units
  • Written assignments to show your understanding
  • Classroom tasks
  • Examination (end of year)


Successful completion of the programme will give you a range of options.

You will be able progress onto a number of Level 3 programmes, including:

  • Animal Management Level 3
  • Veterinary Nursing Level 3

If you have achieved three or more Merits and have GCSE English Language and two Sciences at grade C, you will have fulfilled the academic criteria for Veterinary Nursing.

You will also have enhanced your employment options.

Would you like to apply for this course?