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Animal Care

Animal Care (Practical Skills) Level 2 Full-time

In Brief

Start Date / Duration

This one year study programme starts in September 2024.

Entry requirements

Four GCSEs at grade 2/3  or above including English and Maths

Or progression from Level 1 Animal Care.


You will achieve

ABC Level 2 Certificate in Practical Animal Care Skills.

Course overview

There’s a common saying that you should never work with animals. Try telling that to a Penguinologist…

Whether you’ve got a passion for your penguins, you’re crazy about your cats or you have an almost unhealthy love of llamas, working with animals could be the perfect career move for you. Key skills include being confident handling animals, patience, and a willingness to get your hands dirty. Being good at belly rubs and the ability to scratch behind ears are also desirable. Barnsley College has it’s very own farm! Set in the Worsbrough Country Park area of Barnsley, Wigfield Farm has three main functions:

· A working farm producing livestock

· A base for Barnsley College land based courses

· An open farm and visitors centre accessible to the local and wider community

Although farm staff are employed, the day to day work of the farm is undertaken by students following one of our many programmes of study. This gives them a real working environment to develop their skills and knowledge. We have a wide range of animals including chickens, cows, donkeys, goats, guinea pigs, llamas, meerkats, pigs, rabbits, sheep, as well as a rodent room. There is also a rodent room and an aquatics room featuring many different varieties of fish and other aquatic life. Our students take a walk on the wild side in our exotics room where they care for and study a variety of reptiles. This course is ideal if you are interested in a career working with animals, introducing the main principles and practices of animal care and welfare.


Course content

Based at our Wigfield Farm campus, this one year study programme is for learners who wish to develop practical skills in the care and welfare of a variety of animals and prepare themselves to work in this interesting industry.

The areas of study are:

  • Maintaining animal health and wellbeing
  • Delivering basic animal treatments
  • Selecting, preparing and maintaining animal accommodation
  • Controlling and restraining animals
  • Preparing and providing animal feed


You will complete a portfolio of practical and written evidence that shows achievement of all relevant learning outcomes.

All students on land-based programmes are required to wear standard uniform and also PPE for practical work in the form of steel toe capped boots and overalls.

Wigfield Farm
Haverlands Lane
S70 5NQ

There are several opportunities available, one of which is to carry on studying for a Level 3 Certificate in Practical Animal Care skills. Alternatively, you could progress onto the Level 2 or 3 Diploma in Work-based Animal Care.

Beyond College, there are many opportunities such as groomer, veterinary assistant, equine or stable work, kennel worker or pet shop assistant.

See what careers are available in the Animal Management sector. Use our online careers tool, Career Coach, to find out what your next steps could be.

How much does the course cost?

16 – 18 year olds

Full-time Barnsley College students aged 16-18 years old do not have to pay tuition fees.

Extra information

For further information please contact our friendly Information Team on +44 (0)1226 216 123 or email info@barnsley.ac.uk

Barnsley College has a range of sports opportunities for all students to take part in, gain professional training and compete nationally and internationally. We also have a state-of-the-art fitness village, Honeywell Sports Village where students can make use of our fitness suite, spinning studio and classes for competitive rates. You don’t have to be studying sport to get involved in the Sports Academy.

Our Additional Learning Support team can provide you with the support you need. Please contact them on +44 (0)1226 216 769.

Having good English and Maths qualifications are important for most careers and we want to give you the help you need to succeed.

If you are aged 16 – 19 and don’t already have a grade C/4 or above in GCSE English and Maths they will automatically be included in your study programme. If you want to work towards higher grades in English and Maths we can help you do that too.

Need a higher level Maths qualification? We offer a Level 3 Mathematical Studies (Core Maths).

This can be added to your study programme.

If you need any further information, please contact our friendly Information Team.

Please note we reserve the right to change details without notice. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

Animal Care (Practical Skills) Level 2 Full-time

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