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Animal Care Intermediate (Level 2)

Animal Care students, Shuttleworth Zoological centre.


Animal Care Intermediate (Level 2)

Areas of study on this programme are varied and will allow you to develop the practical skills required to work in the animal care industry, alongside knowledge of animal welfare, animal biology and animal health. The centre has a large animal collection and provides an ideal setting for you to gain valuable, industry-relevant experience.

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Course information

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Entry Requirements

3 GCSEs grades 9-3 OR equivalent qualification at Level 1.

What qualification will I gain?
  • Vocational Studies BTEC Level 1 Introductory Diploma
  • Animal Care BTEC Level 2 Diploma
  • English and maths qualifications if required
How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed by a variety of methods including assignments, presentations and practical assessments. There are externally set and marked assessments for Animal Welfare.

‘Introduction to Animal Biology and Health’ is assessed via an online test lasting 75 minutes.

Course content

What will I study?

This study programme involves practical content, which will allow you to develop your skills in all areas of animal care, including animal health, animal feeding and accommodation and animal handling. There will also be an emphasis on biology and gaining an understanding of how the animal body works. Throughout the study programme you will continue to develop your skills in English and maths to assist you with progression to further study or employment.

Subject units include:

  • Practical Animal Health
  • Introduction to Animal Biology and Health
  • Animal Care Work Placement
  • Animal Welfare
  • Animal Behaviour Assessment and Safe Handling
  • Feeding, Accommodating and Moving Animals

English and maths
If you don’t already have GCSE English and maths grade A*-C, we will work with you to help you develop your maths and English skills.

Work experience

  • You will undertake a period of work experience as part of the programme
  • Personal development skills, study skills and employability skills
  • Additional vocational learning and qualifications
  • Where possible, trips will be arranged to local animal collections

Next steps

Course progression:

On successful completion of this study programme you may wish to apply for further full-time study programmes in Animal Care. Along with GCSEs, the study programme will enable you to progress to Animal Management Level 3.

Additional information

An equipment list will be provided prior to the start of the programme and includes steel toe cap boots or wellies and overalls. There will be the opportunity to go on trips as part of the course.

If commuting to Shuttleworth College will be difficult for you, then you can choose to live in our halls of residence on campus. Priority is given to those who live the furthest distance from the College so make sure you book early to avoid disappointment.

If you are aged 16-18, tuition fees, exam fees and College membership are free. However, there are additional costs associated with some courses. To take part in this course there will be an additional fee of approximately £30 for protective clothing and £50 for any educational trips that complement your course.

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Available Courses
Shuttleworth College
Starts: 16/09/2024
Type: Full Time
Length: 1 year
Day(s): Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
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Fees: 16-18 Yrs: Fully Funded 19+ Yrs: Fully Funded*

Whilst every effort is made to ensure the information on the Website is correct, some details may be subject to change. The Bedford College Group reserves the right to make amendments to the courses, dates, fees or other details, and to make cancellations or changes if numbers are insufficient. In the unfortunate situation that we have to cancel a course we will refund your fees in full, but we regret we are not able to offer any refund if you withdraw from your course or fail to start, and you will be liable to pay any outstanding fees that may be due.

Funding Information

All full-time Level 1 and Level 2 courses are now FREE for everyone, whatever their age. If you are looking to study a Level 3 qualification, courses might still be free if you’re under 19 or 19-23 and studying your first full Level 3 qualification. Whether you need to pay a fee and how much will be dependent on the programme you choose to study. For more information call 0345 658 8990.

If you’re over 23 or studying a second Level 3 qualification, you will need to pay a fee. Find out more on our financial support page at: or view the Full-time Fee Flow Chart below.

If you are unsure whether you need to pay or not then please contact our Customer Contact team on 0345 658 8990.

Full-time Fee Flow Chart

If you are aged 19 or over you may qualify for an Advanced Learner Loan to help you pay the tuition fees for this course. You can also pay by instalments to help make the cost of this course more affordable.

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If you live in any of the following areas and wish to apply for or enrol onto one of our courses, please contact our Customer Contact team on 0345 658 8990 to check if your course is funded or not (Please note that if your course is not funded then you will pay a higher fee than what is listed, please contact our Customer Contact team for more information):

  • Cambridgeshire and Peterborough
  • Greater Manchester
  • Greater London
  • Liverpool City Region
  • Tees Valley
  • West of England
  • West Midlands
  • Sheffield
  • Newcastle Upon Tyne
  • Barnsley and Doncaster
  • West Yorkshire
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Shuttleworth College Animal Management Level 3
Animal Sciences


I took a year out after finishing school to decide what I wanted to do next. During that time I moved to Bedford from London and the idea of working with animals started to develop.  

I visited Shuttleworth College on an Open Day and I couldn’t believe that they had 400 different species all on one campus! Having grown up in London, this wasn’t something that I’d ever seen. I became very interested in the psychology of animals, why they behave the way they do, and I knew that this was the subject for me.  

Since studying at Shuttleworth, the new biome has opened in the Zoological Education Centre. This houses the reptiles and amphibians and has made a real difference to the student experience. We are assigned to different zones in the biome to carry out daily management tasks.  

I really enjoy the unit on animal behaviour and how animals show different behaviours in different social groupings. I’ve also been able to apply this knowledge on my work experience placements on a farm, at a kennels and a vet practice.  

The tutors are all very helpful, but the environment is more independent than school, so it prepares you well for university.  

I am going to Winchester University in September to study Animal Welfare & Society and have been classed as one of their ‘High Flyer’ applicants. The tutors keep us on top of our university applications with tailored support and push us to get the grades we need.  

Eventually I would like to work in an area of animal behaviour, such as training therapy animals.  

Additional Learning Support

If you have a specific learning difficulty or disability, are deaf or hearing impaired, our Additional Learning Support team are on hand to give you assistance whenever you need it.


Any questions?

If you would like to find out more about this or other courses, please use our Livechat below, email or call us on 0345 658 8990.


We have access arrangements in place to help students with disabilities or any other particular needs. Call us on 01234 291000 or 01536 413123 for more information.


Additional formats

Course information sheets are also available in large print and audio formats. Call us on 01234 291000 to order your copy.