Animal Care - Level 2 Diploma - CCCG
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Animal Care - Level 2 Diploma

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Start Date: 2 September 2024
Attendance: Full Time
Location: Angel (K Block)
Most suitable for: 16 - 18
Duration: 1 Year
Level: Level 2


This Animal Care course can open doors to further study or a relevant apprenticeship in working within the animal care sector. Animal carers that this course may lead to include inspection of animal welfare and their environmental conditions, or to ensure that pets are passed on or sold to loving and caring owners, also working towards helping owners keep their animals healthy and happy. This qualification can also support students becoming self-employed, working as dog walkers or trainers or starting their journey as a dog groomer.

In the course, you will learn about the animal care industry. This will be delivered through a mixture of practical and theory lessons, whilst working with a range of animals housed in our Angel centre. The course is structured with 3 practically assessed units and 2 externally examined units. One of the 3 practical units involves 75 hours of mandatory work experience in a relevant business. 

Our animal department has recently undergone a redevelopment in excess of £200,000 and houses over 50 different animal species across all the taxonomic groups. Animals we care for include Degu's, Ground Squirrels, Rabbits, Tree frogs, Chameleons and an Iguana. Plus many more.

You will visit farms, zoos and other animal collections during the programme, to further explore and learn from industry standards across the sector. This information will form part of the assessments for both Animal Behaviour and Animal Health.

This course is delivered at the Centre for Applied Sciences.


Topics covered include: 

  • Practical Animal Health
  • Animal Biology (examined)
  • Animal Welfare (examined)
  • Animal Behaviour
  • Work Placement
  • Feeding, Accommodation and Moving Animals


You will need:

  • Three GCSEs at grade 3 or above, including English Language, Maths and Science

All applicants must have an interview and assessment to confirm that the course is suitable for them.


Assessment is continuous throughout the year through completing written assignments and projects as well as performing practical work that is assessed internally within the college. There will also be 2 written examinations, assessed externally via Pearson, the BTEC awarding body.


Aged 16-18

If you will be aged 16, 17 or 18 on 31st August prior to the start date of your course and you have the legal right to remain in the UK for the duration of your programme then your study with us will be free. Please see here for the documents you will need to show us.

Some courses will have other associated costs, such as for specialist materials and trips. Many of our students are eligible for financial support, see here for details.


This course will help you to move on to higher-level courses, such as our Animal Management - Level 3 Extended Diploma, a Veterinary Nursing Apprenticeship or other related employment.

  • Dog Walker
  • Dog Trainer
  • Kennel or Cattery Maid
  • Aquatic Team/Front of House
  • Animal Carer and Pet Sitter
  • Trainee Veterinary Nurse Assistant


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Gousalia Sukumar

Dr Gousalia Sukumar has held the position of Lecturer for Biomedical Engineering (collaboration with City University) and Animal Science at CAS for the last 10 years.

Her vast experience in the teaching field has stemmed from her history of delivering countless lessons on Biomedical Science (Clinical Health Care Technology for Higher Education collaborated with City University), Animal Science, Microbiology, Biochemistry, Genetics and Health and diseases, Human Anatomy and Physiology over her career.

Furthermore, by specialising in pathology she has unrivalled expertise and acumen in microbiology that has contributed to her acclaimed depth of pedagogical practice. Being well-published in her field has also granted Dr Gousalia Sukumar opportunities to deliver presentations at distinguished and reputable conferences. Moreover, she has acted as an exceptional research designer and supervised final-year Animal Management students aiding them in their future studies. Aside from her core responsibilities as a lecturer, Dr Gousalia Sukumar has taken up duties with Pearson, acting as an External Examiner in Animal Biology as well as a Standard Verifier and Internal Moderator.

Her current interests include developing innovative research projects in bacteriology and virology in addition to the completion of MAAP with an emphasis on the implementation of modern clinical technologies in tertiary education.

Alison Wall

Alison has both current industry experience and over 20 years of teaching in FE. She can amalgamate the two elements of her career into the role of Curriculum Manager of the Animal Academy at City and Islington College. Alison spent 9 years at a previous college working as Head of Curriculum for various teams and then as Assistant Principal.

Alison has dedicated her life towards the care and rehabilitation of animals, working with students who have similar interests with the aim of inspiring them to follow careers that can make a difference. Alison enjoys the challenges that working in FE as a lecturer/manager brings, she deeply enjoys working with students and looks forward to the forever-changing landscape of teaching to bring new skills to the classroom. 

Alison continues to support dog rehabilitation by fostering, rehabilitating, training, and offering dog care as part of her business role. Additionally, Alison owns her own woodland where she hires the land as a dog park for dog owners who need the safety and security of their own enclosed area. Alison remains focused on balancing her 2 roles in working with animals and students to enhance her position as a Curriculum Manager at City and Islington College.

Jade Ebejer

Jade embarked on an exciting journey by enrolling in the BTEC Extended Diploma in Animal Management at City and Islington College. She was just as passionate about animals as you are right now! Jade's dedication and hard work paid off, and she successfully completed the course in 2012. She ventured out into the wide world, gaining valuable experience and expertise in the field.

After ten years of immersing herself in various animal-related endeavours, Jade is now back at City and Islington College, but this time as a lecturer. Jade's specialised area of expertise lies in animal husbandry studying BSc Animal Science at Writtle University. She's all about teaching you the ins and outs of caring for different groups and species of animals.

With her real-life experiences and passion for the subject, Jade will undoubtedly ignite your curiosity and provide you with invaluable insights that only a seasoned professional can offer. So, whether you're interested in exotic animal husbandry, or animal health and disease, Jade is here to guide you every step of the way. Get ready for an incredible learning experience as you embark on this extraordinary journey. Let's dive in together and make a positive impact in the field of animal management!

Jess Thompson

Jess has 11 years of experience teaching animal-related subjects and is passionate about positive motivation in the classroom, as well as in life.

There is nothing more rewarding than witnessing students grasp new concepts and evolve into confident, knowledgeable individuals. Throughout her career, Jess has embraced innovation and believes methods should be dynamic and responsive to the ever-changing needs of students. She is committed to exploring new ways to make lessons engaging, interactive and fun and aims to create an environment where learning becomes a joyful experience rather than a daunting task. Jess loves being able to help students on their journeys and just being a helping hand whether it’s to clarify doubts, offering a listening ear or providing guidance.

Jess is eager to explore new teaching strategies, technologies and methodologies that can enhance the classroom experience. There is always room for improvement and she has learned that improvement is a never-ending process. We can all learn from each other.

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