Course Overview

If you are working in a kennel and/or cattery environment it is more important than ever to make sure you have suitable training or experience in accordance with the new ‘The Animal Welfare (Licensing of Activities Involving Animals) (England) Regulations 2018’. This level two Ofqual accredited City & Guilds qualification complies with the requirement of this new legislation.

This course is studied on a blended learning basis. Your course materials will be provided via our online Virtual Learning Environment (VLE), meaning you can work towards your qualification in your own time, at work or at home, or even on the move! You will be required to attend one day of online lectures in your chosen subjects.

The knowledge you will gain from undertaking this qualification, alongside the practical experience you will be accumulating through employment or work experience, will enable you to do your job more effectively and boost your career prospects.

Key Facts

Location: As this qualification is work-based no college attendance is required. Your tuition will be provided online, and you will be supported by a personal tutor who will assess your work and provide feedback. Regular contact and support will be carried out by your tutor via email, telephone and Microsoft Teams.

Duration: 3-6 months

Start date: The work-based learning programme can be started at any time.

Attendance: You will not be required to come into college; your assessment and support will be carried out in your workplace and via email and telephone contact with one of our work-based learning assessors.

Course Content

You will look at the following areas:

  • Select, prepare and maintain animal accommodation
  • Prepare and provide food and water

Other practical units can be studies from the City & Guilds syllabus to meet the awarding body requirements.


You will complete:

  • Two case logs; one will focus on accommodation and the other on feeding
  • Observation in the workplace; you will be observed by a College assessor in your workplace to look at your application of knowledge in the workplace
  • Question book
Entry Requirements

There are no formal academic requirements, however you should be working or volunteering in a suitable animal care environment such as a kennel or cattery to undertake the course, and have a mentor in your workplace who is willing to support you through your qualification.

Course Fees

Course fees

£750 + Awarding Body Fees (these are currently £214.10*).

Funding support may be available depending on the learner’s individual circumstances, please contact us for details.

* Awarding Body Fees are payable by all students or employers. They are recharged at cost and may be subject to change.

The CAW Loans2Learn scheme is a personal loan that can help you to spread the cost of your course into manageable payments. The loan can be used to fully or partially cover your course fees (but does not cover any awarding body fees, such as enrolment and examination fees). More information can be found here.


Please note that the course fees must be settled before the beginning of the course. 

Other sources of financial help can be found on our student finance page. Before making any financial decision it is recommended that you seek advice from an independent source, for example the Money Advice Service.

These are current figures and may be subject to change. The differences in course fees reflect the level of funding that is available as a result of government policies and priorities. These may be as a result of age, employment status, previous education achievements, or location for example, and are outside the control of The College of Animal Welfare.

What Next?

You may wish to build on the level 2 award by progressing onto the Level 2 Diploma in Work-based Animal Care course. Your award will give you exemptions from some of the units on the diploma.