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 of Achievement.

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:

At the end of this course successful learners will receive a Certificate of Achievement from ABC Awards and Certa Awards and a Learner Unit Summary (which lists the components the learner has completed as part of the course).

The course has been endorsed under the ABC Awards and Certa Awards Quality Licence Scheme. This means that Kendal Publishing has undergone an external quality check to ensure that the organisation and the courses it offers, meet defined quality criteria. The completion of this course alone does not lead to a regulated qualification* but may be used as evidence of knowledge and skills gained.

The Learner Unit Summary may be used as evidence towards Recognition of Prior Learning if you wish to progress your studies in this subject. 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 demand/complexity involved in successful completion by the learner.

Information on level descriptors can be found on the Ofqual's level descriptors page.

The course itself has been designed by Kendal Publishing to meet specific learners’ and/or employers’ requirements which cannot be satisfied through current regulated qualifications. ABC Awards & Certa Awards endorsement involves robust and rigorous quality audits by external auditors to ensure quality is continually met. A review of courses is carried out as part of the endorsement process.

ABC Awards and Certa Awards have long-established reputations for providing high quality vocational qualifications across a wide range of industries. ABC Awards and Certa Awards combine over 180 years of expertise combined with a responsive, flexible and innovative approach to the needs of our customers.

Renowned for excellent customer service, and quality standards, ABC Awards and Certa Awards also offer regulated qualifications for all ages and abilities post-14; all are developed with the support of relevant stakeholders to ensure that they meet the needs and standards of employers across the UK.

*Regulated qualification refers to those qualifications that are regulated by Ofqual / CCEA / Qualification Wales

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