Advanced Apprenticeship in Animal Care

This programme is designed for people who have worked in animal care for some time and are going to move into a supervisory role (or have recently become a supervisor).  You will need to be able to make decisions that enable other staff to carry out their roles, for example planning an animal’s diet or its care requirements.

Entry Requirements

To undertake an advanced apprenticeship you must be employed in a supervisory role in animal care for a minimum of 30 hours per week.  If you already have a job, and your employer agrees, you can join an apprenticeship.  If you are seeking employment in animal care you can find your own Employer or apply for a job through the apprenticeship vacancies service.   All apprentices need to have contract of employment and earn at least the the national minimum wage for apprentices

You may already have undertaken a Level 2 qualification in animal care, or have the equivalent experience.  There are no formal academic requirements for the intermediate apprenticeship in animal care but you should have a love of animals, a genuine interest in their welfare, and be prepared to get your hands dirty!  You should have a reasonable standard of English and maths (e.g. GCSE Grade D or above) , and good organisational skills.

Length of Course/Start Date

The course normally lasts 24 months.  You can start the programme at any time of the year.

Contents of the programme

On the intermediate apprenticeship in animal care you will study for the following qualifications:

  • City and Guilds Level 3 Diploma in Work-Based Animal Care
  • Functional Skills in English and Maths at Level 2.

Other non-certificates components of the programme include:

  • Induction to apprenticeship
  • Employment Rights and Responsibilities
  • Personal Learning and Thinking Skills
  • Be Safe! (health and safety)


You will need to attend Badgehurst Training Ltd’s Centre for your induction (introduction) to apprenticeship.  After then you will attend our Centre once per month, with e-learning study in between these sessions.  (Some apprentices may not need to attend our Centre for training under exceptional circumstances).  Topics will include how develop animal health and welfare plans, planning the accommodation of animals, promoting and maintaining the health, safety and security of the workplace, planning diets and feeding regimes for animals.  . You may also need to attend for functional skills sessions as well.  You will also develop your skills and knowledge through on-job training in the work place.  One of our Training Officers will visit you regularly in your work place to provide support, deliver training, set targets and carry out assessment.


We use a range of assessment methods on this programme, including observation of practical performance (in the workplace), questioning, assignments, case studies, witness statements, tasks and tests.

Progression and Employment Opportunities

Apprentices successfully completing the Advanced Apprenticeship have opportunities to progress within the industry by progressing to other Higher Education courses such as a HNC/D, Foundation Degree (Fdg/FdSc) or Degree (BSc). Examples of courses available across the UK include:

  • BSc Hons in Animal Science
  • FdSc in Animal Behaviour and Welfare
  • Fdg in Animal Management
  • HNC/D Animal Care
  • BSc Animal Welfare
  • Fdg Animal Health
  • BSc Animal Biology

Apprentices looking to progress in their employment from the Advanced Apprenticeship may be able to work towards managerial positions such as animal boarding manager, dog/animal groomer manager or  pet shop manager.