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Stepping Stone and Level 2

After a year of study at Level 1 many of our students progress onto Level 2. However, some students are not quite ready and for these students we are able to offer opportunities to study on our Stepping Stone Programme.

Level 2 Animal Care

This qualification is designed for anyone who wants to develop their knowledge and experience in the care and welfare of animals. You will spend time in the Animal Academy getting hands-on experience with a wide range of animals, feeding, cleaning and looking after them. Other sessions will be spent learning about teamwork, health and safety when working with animals and gaining work experience. A range of visits are included each term that will enrich your learning experience.

Level 2 Retail Skills

This Level 2 qualification is for students who have some knowledge and basic skills in the retail industry. It is also suitable for those who want to increase their skills and take on more responsibility. This course allows you to learn, develop and practice the skills required for employment and/or career progression in the retail industry. You will study units such as: customer service, promotional campaigns, health and safety, teamwork, planning and running an event. A range of visits are included each term that will enrich your learning experience.

Your Qualification

Students are able to broaden their existing vocational skills from Level 1, develop their ability to study independently, explore career routes within the industry, boost their confidence, and much more before they move onto a higher and more demanding level of study. You will continue to study English and maths at an appropriate level to you until you have achieved a GCSE level 4.

Employability and Personal Development

You will undertake 50+ hours of work experience in a setting that is relevant to your qualification. We will help you develop skills that employers are looking for and also improve your personal performance.

Entry Requirements

Level 1 qualification in a relevant subject or Grades 2-3 at GCSE and/or an interest in your chosen subject. We will assess you to direct you to the most appropriate level of study.


A full Level 2 or Level 3 course within the College.

Newton Rigg College,
CA11 0AH
01768 893400