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Qualification name Diploma in Animal Care
Qualification level 2
Awarding organisation City & Guilds of London Institute
Course type Online
Course start date Flexible
Cost £1,308.00
Cost description Awarding body fees of £130.40 are also payable - please note that awarding body fees are recharged at cost and may be subject to change. Additional fees for overseas learners apply.

Discover the learning experience and opportunities you can expect from this course.

Awarded by City and Guilds, this online course (distance learning), is an ideal way to gain an internationally recognised animal care qualification without attending College. During the programme you will learn about the health, welfare and care of a variety of small animal species. You will study the following units: Maintain animal health and welfare Undertake practical animal feeding Maintain animal accommodation Undertake work related experience Understand the principles of animal biology Principles and practices of animal behaviour and handling Introduction to animal breeds and grooming This online programme can be studied anywhere in the UK or overseas.

Find out what qualifications and skills you will need for this course.

There are no formal academic entry requirements. However, you should have a sound level of numeracy, literacy and ICT skills, have a passion for animals and be up-to-date with your tetanus vaccination. You should either be employed, or have a voluntary work placement arranged, in a suitable animal care environment before applying as you will need to complete a total of 150 hours of practical work in order to achieve the qualification. This could be in, for example, a boarding kennels/cattery, rescue centre, zoo or pet ship which has animals for sale. If you are studying this programme overseas, please be aware that the programme is delivered in English and therefore you must be competent in reading and writing English language.

Find out more about exams, assignments and assessments.

You will complete both assignments and practical assessments. Assignments will be submitted via our online Virtual Learning Environment (VLE). Your practical assessments will be carried out by an allocated mentor in the organisation where you undertake your work experience.

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