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The demand for animal care professionals is increasing every year. If you’d like to become a zookeeper, animal behaviourist or even travel the world caring for wildlife, then you’ve come to the right place. Whether you dream of working with pets, wildlife or exotic creatures, you can start your journey to an outstanding career in animal care right here at Macclesfield College.

This is a vocational programme which will provide you with the knowledge and understanding essential to the animal industry and support you to progress onto further learning or the workplace.

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Entry Requirements

For this course you will need to have achieved one of the following:

• 4 GCSEs at grade 4 or above, including English or Maths and Science.

On receipt of your application to study this course, you will be invited to attend an admissions interview with a member of the teaching team to discuss the course and its requirements further.

Course Content

During this course, you will study six mandatory units. As well as classroom delivery, you will also undertake placement in a real work environment with a requirement of 75 hours.

Mandatory units include:

• Maintain Animal Health and Welfare
• Undertake Practical Animal Feeding
• Undertake work-related experience in the land-based sector
• Understanding the basic principles of Animal Biology
• Introduction to the Principles and Practices of Animal behaviour and Handling
• Contribute to the Nursing of Animals

Alongside your main programme of study, you will study GCSE in English and Maths if you have not achieved a GCSE grade 4 or above.


All BTEC Level 2 units are assessed through project and assignment work and external examinations. Each unit is graded Pass, Merit or Distinction and then an overall grade of Pass, Merit, Distinction or Distinction* is awarded on completion of the course.

GCSE and Functional Skills qualifications are assessed through external examination and portfolio work.


Fees: £1080.00


On successful completion of this course you may wish:

To apply to study the Level 3 National Foundation Diploma in Animal Management

Alternatively, you could progress in the workplace in a variety of job roles, such as:

• Animal Care Assistant
• Pet Store Assistant
• Dog Walker or Kennel Assistant
• Animal Park Keeper or Farm Worker
• Veterinary Nurses
• Nature Reserve Managers
• Police Dog Handler
• Kennel Managers
• Mammologist
• Animal Technician
• Dog Trainer
• Animal Park Keeper or Farm Worker
• Trainee Zoo Keeper
• Trainee Dog Groomer

Additional Information

Additional help and support is available to you should you require it and you can discuss this further at your admissions interview.

Duration and Times

Next course available: September 2nd, 2024
Days of week: TBA
Number of Weeks: 35

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