Animal Care Level 2 Award Course – QLS


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    Online Animal Care Level 2 Course. It covers all the critical aspects of ownership from choosing a pet, preparing the house, training, grooming and general health for dogs, cats, birds, fish and reptiles.

    Do you want to be a responsible pet owner?
    Working in the pet care industry?
    Are you interested in teaching your children how they should look after their pets?

    You may wish to also consider our Level 3 course in Animal Care.

    Qualification: Animal Care Level 2 Award QLS
    Support: 1-year support included 
    Start Date: Anytime – We enrol 365 days a year 
    Endorsed Specification: Certificate of Achievement

    Course Syllabus

    Learners will complete 16 units of study in total as listed below.

    Unit 1 History and Background

    • Domestication
    • The classification system
    • How to choose the right pet

    Unit 2  Safety, Welfare, Health & Hygiene

    • Safety
    • Transfer of diseases from animals to humans
    • Correct handling methods and methods of restraint
    • Hygiene of an animal’s sleeping area
    • Pests and parasites

    Unit 3  Anatomy and Physiology

    • The skeletal and muscular systems
    • The digestive system
    • The circulatory and lymphatic systems
    • The respiratory system
    • The nervous system

    Unit 4  Animal first aid

    • Handling and transport of injured animals
    • Basic examinations
    • Shock and its signs
    • Wounds, burns and fractures
    • How to administer medication

    Unit 5  Dogs

    • Different breeds
    • Nutrition and exercise
    • Behaviour and training
    • Grooming and general care
    • Breeding
    • Common diseases

    Unit 6  Cats

    • Breeds and body types
    • Nutrition and exercise
    • Behaviour and training
    • Grooming and general care
    • Breeding
    • Common diseases

    Unit 7 Horses and ponies

    • Anatomy
    • Groups and breeds
    • Nutrition
    • Housing and exercise
    • Behaviour and training
    • Grooming, shoeing and general care
    • Breeding
    • Common diseases

    Unit 8 Birds

    • Anatomy
    • Nutrition and generalcare
    • Birds of prey
    • Common diseases

    Unit 9  Fish

    • Housing and general care
    • Types of fish
    • Breeding
    • Common diseases

    Unit 10 Snakes and lizards

    • Housing and general care
    • Types and their requirements
    • Common diseases

    Unit 11  Tortoises, turtles and terrapins

    • Characteristics and anatomy
    • Housing and general care
    • Hibernation
    • Breeding
    • Common diseases

    Unit 12 Insects

    • Handling
    • Housing
    • Nutritional requirements
    • Beetles, centipedes and millipedes
    • Frogs and toads

    Unit 13 Hamsters, gerbils, rats and mice

    • Housing and general care
    • Nutrition and exercise
    • Breeding
    • Common diseases

    Unit 14  Ferrets, pole cats

    • Groups and breeds
    • Nutrition, housing and exercise
    • Behaviour and training
    • Grooming and general care
    • Breeding
    • Common diseases

    Unit 15 Rabbits and guinea pigs

    • Groups and breeds
    • Nutrition, housing and exercise
    • BehaviourGrooming and general care
    • Breeding
    • Common diseases

    Unit 16 Wildlife safety

    • Types
    • Injuries

    Entry Requirements

    There are no previous qualifications required. However, students looking to enrol onto this course should meet the following criteria:

    Be aged 16 Years or above
    Possess a solid knowledge of the English language
    Have access to a PC and the internet for the duration of the whole course
    Basic computer skills: e.g. Word processing, emailing, uploading documents etc
    Have a genuine desire to succeed

    Course Duration

    This course comes with 12 months of support included:

    Guided Learning Hours (GLH) – 100 Hours
    Total Qualification Time (TQT) – 120 Hours

    On average, learners will complete this course within 8 months.

    Course Outcome

    ABC Quality Licence Scheme – Certificate of Achievement

    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 details all of the units you have completed as part of your course).

    The course has been endorsed under the ABC Awards’ Quality Licence Scheme & is offered in partnership with Kendal Publishing. This means that Kendal Publishing has undergone an external quality check to ensure that the organisation and the courses it offers, meet certain quality criteria.  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.

    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 & Cert 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.

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    All learners have access to a qualified tutor via email for the stated support period. In addition to this, you are able to speak to our support team via telephone with any query you may have relating your course.

    Our tutors and support team have years of experience in delivering online and distance learning courses. If you require help, then we are only a phone call away.


    Learners will be required to complete a series of tutor-marked assignments ( normally 1 after each unit) as they progress through this course. Each assignment will contain a variety of tasks/questions. These assignments are assessed by your tutor to monitor progress. You will be provided with constructive feedback to help you in completing each unit to the required standard.

    There is no examination to complete as the course is completed using continual assessment.

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