The Animal Care Level 2 Course is designed to provide you with all the basic skills and knowledge to enable you to successfully understand the care which a wide range of animals need. From horses to hamsters, from parrots to pole cats, we cover all the key issues that you, as an animal enthusiast, are likely to need to know to ensure that the animal thrives in a happy, hygienic and suitable environment. We also tell you how to protect yourself from what could be dangerous circumstances so that neither the animal nor you are hurt.

On successful completion of this course students will receive an accredited Level 2 Certificate Award.

The home study courses are split into the following Units:

  • Unit One: History & Background

The following topics are covered: Domestication; The classification system;  and How to choose the right pet.

  • Unit Two: Safety, Welfare, Health & Hygiene

The following topics are covered: Safety; Transfer of diseases from animals to humans; Correct handling methods and methods of restraint ;Hygiene of an animal's sleeping area; and Pests and parasites.

  • Unit Three: Anatomy & Physiology

The following topics are covered: The skeletal and muscular systems; The digestive system; The circulatory and lymphatic systems; The respiratory system; and The nervous system.

  • Unit Four: Animal First Aid

The following topics are covered: Handling and transport of injured animals; Basic examinations; Shock and its signs; Wounds, burns and fractures; and How to administer medication.

  • Unit Five: Dogs

The following topics are covered: Different breeds; Nutrition and exercise; Behaviour and training; Grooming and general care; Breeding; and Common diseases.

  • Unit Six: Cats

The following topics are covered: Breeds and body types; Nutrition and exercise; Behaviour and training; Grooming and general care; Breeding; and Common diseases.

  • Unit Seven: Horses & Ponies

The following topics are covered: Anatomy; Groups and breeds; Nutrition; Housing and exercise; Behaviour and training; Grooming, shoeing and general care; Breeding; and Common diseases.

  • Unit Eight: Birds

The following topics are covered: Anatomy; Nutrition and general care; Birds of prey; and Common diseases.

  • Unit Nine: Fish

The following topics are covered: Housing and general care; Types of fish; Breeding; and Common diseases.

  • Unit Ten: Snakes & Lizards

The following topics are covered: Housing and general care; Types and their requirements; and Common diseases.

  • Unit Eleven: Tortoises, Turtles & Terrapins

The following topics are covered: Characteristics and anatomy; Housing and general care; Hibernation; Breeding; and Common diseases.

  • Unit Twelve: Insects & Amphibians

The following topics are covered: Handling; Housing; Nutritional requirements; Beetles, centipedes and millipedes; and Frogs and toads.

  • Unit Thirteen: Hamsters, Gerbil, Rats & Mice

The following topics are covered: Housing and general care; Nutrition and exercise; Breeding; and Common diseases.

  • Unit Fourteen: Ferrets & Polecats

The following topics are covered: Groups and breeds; Nutrition, housing and exercise; Behaviour and training; Grooming and general care; Breeding; and Common diseases.

  • Unit Fifteen: Rabbits & Guinea Pigs

The following topics are covered: Groups and breeds; Nutrition, housing and exercise; Behaviour Grooming and general care; Breeding; and Common diseases.

  • Unit Sixteen: Wildlife Safety

The following topics are covered: Types; and Injuries.

Prerequisites:

There are no particular entry requirements.

Course Duration & Support:

Students may register at any time and have a full year to complete their studies. You also have access to a personal tutor by mail or email for a 12 month period. As the home study courses are self study you can complete in as little or as long a time as you prefer.

Assessment:

The course contains a number of Tutor Marked Assignments (TMAs) which your tutor will mark and give you valuable feedback on. These assignments can be returned by email. The course also contains self-assessment exercises which are not assessed by the tutor but are designed to help you gauge your progress.

Certification:

ABC AwardsOn successful completion of this course students will receive an Animal Care Certificate of Achievement by ABC Awards and a Learner Unit Summary (which lists the details of all the units you have completed as part of your course).

The completion of this course alone does not lead to an Ofqual regulated qualification but may be used as evidence of knowledge and skills towards regulated qualifications in the future. The unit summary can be used as evidence towards Recognition of Prior Learning if you wish to progress your studies in this sector. To this end the learning outcomes of the course have been benchmarked at Level 2 against level descriptors published by Ofqual, to indicate the depth of study and level of difficulty involved in successful completion by the learner.

Information on level descriptors can be found on the Ofqual Qualification & Credit Framework level descriptors page.

The course has been endorsed under the ABC Awards’ Quality Licence Scheme. ABC Awards’ endorsement involves a robust and rigorous quality audit by external inspectors to ensure quality is consistently met. A regular review of courses is carried out as part of the endorsement process. This means that the course developers (Kendal Publishing) have undergone an external quality check to ensure that the organisation and the courses it offers, meet certain quality criteria.

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