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Animal Care

Advanced Apprenticeship Animal Care Level 3

Kirkley Hall Campus
Course Code:
Awarding Body:

NPTC Diploma in Work-based Animal Care (QCF) Level 3

Start Date:
10 September

Who is the course for?

This course is for anyone who is employed in the animal care industry but who does not yet have a formal qualification at Level 3. You can start the Apprenticeship at any point in the year. We currently have two pathways, animal care and dog grooming.

If you have a passion for animal care or dog grooming then this is an excellent way to pursue a career in it. The skills and qualifications you will gain will help future career prospects as well as building confidence working with a range of animals. You will be working with animals such as rabbits, reptiles, primates and hoof stock and ensuring their health and welfare needs are met.

Do I need any formal qualifications?

You should have four GCSEs at grade C or above, including English and maths or a relevant Level 2 qualification and be employed in the animal care industry.

Mature students will be considered on their experience and skill, regardless of their qualifications.

What will I study on the course?

You will study a range of units including:

Implement, monitor and evaluate plans for the health and welfare of animals

Promote, monitor and maintain health, safety and security of the workplace

Plan the handling and restraint of animals

Plan, supervise and control the movement of animals

Plan the accommodation of animals

Monitor and evaluate the accommodation of animals

Recognise and interpret the behaviour of animals

Work with others to improve customer service

Improve the customer relationship

You will gain valuable practical skills by working with a range of animals as well as improving theoretical knowledge in animal care.

You will attend college one day per week and go out into employment 4 days per week. The course will last between 12 and 18 months and can start at any time of the year to suit you and your employer.

Your progress will be assessed by a range of methods including practical assessments/observations, written assignments, and a written multi choice exam

You may also have the opportunity to complement your studies with other qualifications that will help you gain employment, including functional skills, GCSE Maths and English.

NPTC Diploma in Work-based Animal Care (QCF) Level 3

After successfully completing this course you may progress to higher education courses such as the HNC/HND in Animal Management at the Kirkley Hall Campus or onto a degree at university.

Many of our learners study for free with a Fee Waiver when they are in receipt of qualifying benefits or studying a first full Level 2 or Level 3 qualification and meet age restrictions or are aged between 16-18.

If you are not entitled to a Fee Waiver, you may be entitled to receive Learner Support Funds to help with paying your course fees, or if you are aged over 19 and planning to study at Level 3 or 4 and have not previously studied at Level 3 or above you will be able to apply for an Advanced Learner Loan that covers the costs of your tuition fees. The loan will not cover the cost of any examination / registration fees and these will need to be paid for separately, or you may be entitled to receive Learner Support Funds to help cover the cost.

All learners may also apply for help with the cost of travel to college and the college may be able to help with the costs of childcare, travel, books, equipment and meals.

For more information our Help Hub team is available on 01670 841 200 or email

How can I apply for this course?

Apply online by clicking here and registering, alternatively please contact our Help Hub on 01670 841 200, email or drop in to one of our open events.

Alternatively, if this is the course for you please click Book and Enrol Now – please note this option is only available for certain courses.

Where can I get any further information about the course?

You may find further information within this website including within case studies and our media gallery. You may also come along to an open event – dates of college events are listed here

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