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Level 2 Extended Certificate in Work-based Animal Care

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Gain practical animal-handling skills and essential industry knowledge, with our Level 2 Extended Certificate in Work-based Animal Care at Writtle College.

Our course is a recognised City & Guilds qualification. It’s ideal if you’re looking to work with animals and want to learn more about their care, handling and management.

It might also suit you if you’re already working in the industry, and want to further your knowledge and skills.

As a student at Writtle College you’ll use our animal studies centre, with its aquatic, reptile and companion animal rooms. You’ll also gain valuable experience through a work placement.

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Hands-on learning

Join an Animal Management course at Writtle College and:

  • study on our 150-hectare campus with its specialist animal centres and working farm
  • take part in animal handling practicals involving work with a wide range of domesticated and captive species
  • help to support animals’ basic living and nutrition needs
  • go on study trips and gain experience through a short work placement.

Outstanding student support

Join our student community and:

  • learn from experienced tutors, who'll provide encouragement and feedback
  • make full use of facilities including library and IT resources
  • access support, should you need it, with study skills, careers advice, health and wellbeing, and more.

Awarding body

City & Guilds

City & Guilds is the global leader in skills development and apprenticeship schemes with 2 million learners working on diverse qualifications every year.

Careers and educational progression

After completing your Level 2 qualification, you’ll have the skills to work in at entry-level roles in the animal industry. These might include:

  • kennel worker
  • rescue centre assistant
  • wildlife hospital technician
  • veterinary care assistant
  • stable hand
  • farm hand
  • pet shop assistant
  • petting zoo assistant.

Or you might choose to continue your studies with a Level 3 qualification, such as our Level 3 Advanced Technical Certificate in Animal Management. Please note that you must meet academic entry requirements for Level 3 courses.

Apply now for Level 2 Extended Certificate in Work-based Animal Care

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