Animal Care

Animal Care Level 2 (Technical Certificate) Full-time

In Brief

Start Date /

This one year study programme starts in September 2019.

Entry requirements
  • Four GCSEs at grade 3/D or above including English and maths
  • Acceptance onto the programme is also subject to an interview
You will achieve

Level 2 Technical Certificate in Animal Care

Last updated: 16th October 2018

Course overview

This one year study programme starts in September 2018 and will provide you with the skills and knowledge that are important when you are working with animals.

Course content

Based at our Wigfield Farm campus, this one year study programme will give you the skills and knowledge that are important when you are working with animals, or progressing to further learning and training in this area.

Course Content

The areas of study are:

  • Maintain animal health and welfare
  • Animal feeding and accommodation
  • Animal behaviour and handling
  • Working in the animal care industry
  • Health and safety for the land-based industries
  • The principles of animal biology
  • Care of exotic animals
  • Introduction to caring for farm livestock

You will be required to undertake 150 hours of work placement

City and Guilds course specifications

How will I be assessed?

  • Two externally set assignments
  • One externally set and marked exam, sat under examination conditions
  • Internally set assignments

What equipment will I need?

You will be required to wear a standard uniform and also PPE (Personal Protection Equipment) for practical work. This will be steel toe capped boots and overalls.

Where will I study?

Wigfield Farm
Haverlands Lane
S70 5NQ

What can I do next?

You could progress on to the Level 3 Advanced Technical Extended Diploma in Animal Management.

Beyond college, there are many opportunities such as Animal Care Assistant, Pet Shop Assistant, Kennel or Cattery worker

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.

19+ Students

Aged 19 or over and thinking about further education?

You may be eligible for free or reduced course fees . Please refer to our page ‘paying for your course.’

Financial support

You may be eligible for assistance with expenses such as travel, books, equipment and childcare. For further information please contact the Student Services Team on +44 (0)1226 216 114.

Extra information

Contact the Information Unit

For further information please contact our friendly Information Team on +44 (0)1226 216 123 or email

Want to join Barnsley Sports Academy and the Sports Village?

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Additional Learning Support

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

English and Maths

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 the Info Team.


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

Animal Care Level 2 (Technical Certificate) Full-time