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16-18 Course Details

Animal Care BTEC Level 2 Diploma - 2019:20

Location: Merrist Wood College
Course Code: FD02LF1A001P
Year: 2019:20
Start Date:  09/09/2019
Duration: 1 Year
Attendance: 3-4 days a week (timetable dependant)
FT/PT:  Full-Time 
Exam Board:  Edexcel
Fund Type: L
Tuition Fees (16-19): £ 0
Exam Fees (16-19): £ 0
Subject Area

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Content / Overview 

Course content:

  • Work related experience in the land based industries
  • Maintaining animal accommodation
  • Practical animal feeding
  • Maintaining animal health and welfare
  • Introduction to the principles and practices of animal behaviour and handling
  • Understanding the basics of animal biology
  • Understanding the principles and practices of animal establishment

Additional qualifications: All students will also be expected to gain an additional qualification in Functional Skills English at an appropriate and challenging level.

All 16-19 year olds on full-time programmes will be required to retake GCSE English and Maths or to undertake Functional Skills, if they have not already attained the equivalent of a GCSE grade C in these subjects, every year of their course, until they complete their studies.

Why Study Here

Merrist Wood is highly regarded in the animal industry as the leading animal education establishment in Surrey. Well-equipped animal management resources including collections of domestic, companion and exotic animals as well as a grooming parlour and supporting facilities for canine care. The College has wide links with industry and tuition is by highly qualified and experienced tutors who will ensure you gain the best possible grounding in your chosen career.

On this course you will:

  • Complete 150 hours of industry placement (work experience) - 2 weeks internal during the holidays and 2 weeks external during the holidays.
  • Get the opportunity to go on a variety of trips.
  • Learn a wide range of skills, including how to clean and feed a range of animals, conduct health checks, and  handle animals correctly.
  • Learn about animal anatomy and the digestive system.
  • Investigate zoos, kennels, catteries, grooming parlours and more.

Suitable For

This one year full time course is suitable for anyone wishing to work in the animal industry.

Application Method

Application followed by individual interview

Entry Requirements

At least 4 GCSEs at grades 2-3 (grade D - E) or above, including Maths, English and a Science subject, or a Level 1 qualification at Merit or above. You will need to be comfortable working with a range of animals and will need to pass the reference and interview process.

Delivery Method

Elements of theory and practical based learning


To be confirmed once you have started the course.


Written assignments and practical skills tests.

Further Study

Animal Management Level 3 National Foundation Diploma, an Apprenticeship or employment in the industry.

Additional Information

You must wear sturdy footwear and a Merrist Wood College sweatshirt and poloshirt.

All students aged 19 years or over on 1 September in the first year of their course are expected to pay tuition, registration, exam fees and all other course related costs. Some assistance with these costs may be available depending on your circumstances and the latest government funding position.

There are normally no tuition, registration or examination fees to pay if you are aged 16-18 on 1 September in the first year of your course and are a British or European Union resident. This does not apply to HNCs/Ds, Foundation Degrees, Degrees or courses that do not attract government funding (identified as 'no fee remission available on this course').


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