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City & Guilds Level 2 Technical Certificate in Animal Care

City & Guilds Level 2 Technical Certificate in Animal Care

About the course

The City and Guilds Level 2 Technical Certificate study programme provides a detailed introduction to animal care and husbandry combining practical based training with sound theoretical knowledge. The modules, which are listed below, will be delivered using a wide variety of methods including lectures, practical work, demonstrations and self-study. The course provides the flexibility, knowledge, skills and motivation as a basis for future studies and career development within the animal care industry. The course is extremely popular with school leavers who wish to combine a practical based training programme with sound theoretical knowledge.

Course modules

Year 1

Maintain animal health and welfare

Introduction to the principles and practices of animal behaviour and handling

Working in the Animal Care Industry

Animal Feeding and Accommodation

Animal Breeds and Grooming

The Principles of Animal Biology

British Wildlife Species, Habitats and Rehabilitation

Health and Safety in the Land-based Industry

Entry requirements & additional information

Entry requirements

3 GCSEs at Grade 3 (D) or equivalent, including English, Maths and Science (or related subject).

(check FE Admission guide for changes and equivalencies)

It is strongly recommended for applicants to gain some voluntary experience within the animal sector in order ensure that they are fully prepared for the expectations of the study programme and gain a realistic insight of the animal industry. A minimum of five days (which do not have to be consecutive) is advised.

Learning and assessment

A variety of assessment methods will be used these will include assignments, practical work synoptic assessments and formal examinations.


Level 2 students can progress to level 3 programmes subject to published entry requirements and satisfactory performance at level 2.


Employment in kennels, catteries, pet shop, grooming parlour, welfare societies e.g. RSPCA.

Special requirements

Costs that are optional for the course:

Contributions to trips and visits (approx. £50)

Work experience

Students must attend a relevant placement in the animal industry, for example, veterinary practice, boarding kennel, pet retail organisation or canine grooming parlour.

The placement is usually carried out each Friday at Preston and Witton Centres, but on a block release at Liverpool.

Animal Studies

Britain is well regarded as a nation of animal lovers, from companion pets to large animal collections. This has resulted in a multi-million pound industry, ranging from well known national pet feed companies to pet stores, catteries and kennels and numerous other businesses providing for the needs of animals.

If you care about animals and have a deep interest in their health and wellbeing, Myerscough provides an excellent opportunity for you to further your studies. You'll develop a range of skills and have the opportunity to care for a range of animals including dogs, cats, rabbits and ferrets, farm animals, reptiles and amphibians and a range of invertebrates.