Engineering & Science

Animal Care - Level 2

Start Date: 3rd September 2018
Course Code: C01172 BMF1A
QCF/NDAQ: 500/8356/9

  • Further Education
  • Full-time
  • Ballymoney


Duration: 1 Year Full-time
Start date: 3rd September 2018
End date: 7th June 2019
Information Event: Y

Course Content

A total of 60 credits is required to achieve the full award. Units include:

  • animal health and wellbeing,
  • feeding and watering,
  • work related experience in the land-based sector,
  • safe working with and around animals,
  • introduction to animal science,
  • animal housing,
  • animal behaviour and handling.
  • 6 hours per week required in a suitable placement.

If you are accepted onto this course without a Grade C or above in Maths and/or English you will be required to complete the relevant Essential Skills qualification. This will be a compulsory part of your timetable.

Special Features

  • 150 hours work placement is an integral part of the programme.
  • Students also care for small animals in the College.
  • Visits to settings of interest are arranged.

Assessment Methods

Assessment is through written assignment, practical tasks and a multiple choice test online. 2 hours per candidate for practical assessment. 4 tasks x 1/2 hour.


A standard of literacy and numeracy supported by a general equivalent to 4 GCSEs grade D-E or related work experience or other equivalent qualification. Students without the specified entry requirements but who have an interest and experience with animals may be considered for the programme. In circumstances where there are more applications for the course than there are places available, the College reserves the right to ask for higher grades.

Advanced Certificate or other related level 3 qualifications in Animal Management or work in the animal care industry.

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Essential Skills

All full-time students at the Northern Regional College have the opportunity to improve their English, Maths and IT skills and gain qualifications. The qualification you take will depend on the qualification you already have. If you do not have a grade C or above in GCSE English, Maths or ICT, you MUST do Essential Skills. This will form a compulsory part of your timetable.

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