Intermediate Apprenticeship in Animal Care

About the course

These programmes cover a range of Animal Care skills and related practices. The main objectives of the courses are to ensure the development of practical skills, related background knowledge including health and safety issues and procedures. This is a practically based course aimed at developing the necessary skills and experience ideal for a grooming assistant, kennel worker, pet shop or animal nursing assistant working in the industry.


Work Based blended delivery programme consisting predominantly of on-site training and assessment within the workplace, supported by off-site technical training at Myerscough College one day per week during term time. Course teaching, learning and assessment is enhanced through the effective use of e portfolio and distance learning resources to ensure flexible delivery is responsive to learner, employer and situational needs.

Programme Length

Work-based delivery over a minimum * of 18 months, dependent on initial assessment.

*Minimum durations apply for 16 – 18 year olds. 19 + learners can apply for accredited prior learning which may reduce the duration. Funding rules dictate a minimum of 12 months duration.

Programme Structure

The Apprenticeship is made up of a number of different Nationally recognised qualifications:

Combined Competence and Knowledge Qualification: ·

Level 2 Diploma in Work-based Animal Care

(Modules either 210 or 224 or 225 plus a minimum of 11 credits from the other optional units)

Functional Skills: ·

Level 1 English ·

Level 1 Mathematics

Employee Rights and Responsibilities ·

Delivered and assessed through a workbook

Personal Learning and Thinking Skills ·

Assessment and recognition through a Record of Achievement

Course modules

Combined Competence and Knowledge Qualification

Maintain and develop personal performance

Establish and maintain effective working relationships with others

Promote and maintain the health and well-being of animals

Deliver basic treatments to animals

Select and prepare accommodation for animals

Maintain animal accommodation

Moving animals between locations

Make sure your own actions reduce risks to health and safety

Maintain the cleanliness and bio-security of the animal care working environment

Prepare feed to animals

Provide feed and water to animals

Provide controlled exercise opportunities for animals

Provide opportunities for animals to have freedom to exercise

Train animals through basic training programmes

Contribute to the evaluation and implementation of basic animal training programmes

Welcome, receive and care for visitors to sites

Handle payments from clients

Keep stock at required levels in a retail environment

Provide information and advice to customers in a retail environment

Process payments for purchases in a retail environment

Functional Skills

Level 1 English

Level 1 Mathematics

Employee Rights and Responsibilities

Delivered and assessed through a workbook

Personal Learning and Thinking Skills

Assessment and recognition through a Record of Achievement

Entry requirements & additional information

Entry requirements

Entry onto the apprenticeship is subject to a thorough initial assessment to clarify course appropriateness. Entrants must have the ability to achieve Level 1 Functional Skills in English and Mathematics and be able to cope with the Level 2 vocational qualification. Apprentices must have a contract of employment working for a minimum for 30 hours/week.


Apprentices successfully completing the Intermediate Apprenticeship have opportunities to progress within the industry by continuing onto the Advanced Apprenticeship in Animal Care or other Further Education courses.


Typical jobs apprentices will be able to progress onto on completion of the Intermediate Apprenticeship will depend on the qualifications and experience gained, but could include: zoo/animal keeper; dog groomer; animal/dog trainer; dog warden and animal management technician.

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