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Animal Care Level 2 Course – Endorsed

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
Price: Interest-Free Finance

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Course Details

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.

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

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

Regulated qualifications refer to those qualifications that are regulated by Ofqual/CCEA/Qualification Wales

Tutors & Support

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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✅ Qualified Tutors – Fast assignment turnaround

*NUS/TOTUM Student cards are only available to students who are studying a fully recognised RQF/QCF course of 120 study hours or more. £12 fee per year applies.

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Select whether to pay in full upon enrolment or opt to pay a deposit and spread the cost with our Interest-free payment plan.  *Guaranteed acceptance for those who meet the following conditions:

Aged 18 and above (Maximum age 75)
Permanent resident in the UK
Be able to provide 3 years of address history from the UK
Have a UK bank account that accepts direct debits
Hold a valid UK credit or debit card

Please note: We do not carry out credit checks

Alternative payment plans may be available for those that do not meet these conditions. Please speak to a member of our team who will be happy to assist on 0121 792 3872.

Applicants choosing the monthly option will be required to complete and sign a financial agreement for the remaining payments.  All payments to be set up via direct debit.  We are only able to set up monthly payments for students resident in the UK. 

Please note: Once a payment plan is set up, you are liable to pay the course fees in full whether you complete the course or not.  Please ensure the monthly repayments are affordable before agreeing to any payment plan offered.

14 Day Money Back Guarantee

Once received at your requested delivery address, you have 14 days to ensure this course meets your needs and requirements. If for any reason you are not happy, simply return your course pack unused for a refund.*

*Minus postage. An admin fee is deducted from any deposit refunded if a finance plan is arranged and then cancelled.

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