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Animal Care

With 54 million pets in the UK, we’re a nation of animal lovers.

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Course Overview

This course is intended for anyone who would like to develop a career working with animals. Highly qualified and experienced veterinary, technical and teaching staff support students to acheive this qualification.

It is based around our Animal Recue Centre which has full veterinarian facilities and will allow you to learn what is needed to work with animals. The rescue centre looks after wildlife, exotic species and cats all of which need care to be released or rehomed. Your studies will not only benefit you but the animals within the centre and beyond.

The Animal Rescue Centre is run in collaboration with the RSPCA, who bring wildlife and other cases for us to care for. We have links with a range of Animal Care employers with whom we are able to arrange placements. 150 hours placement experience is included in this qualification. This can take place in a wide range of environments e.g. dog groomer, zoo, pet shop, kennels, stables, farms.

You will have the opportunity to take part in a variety of trips to zoos and other animal care settings. There are also opportunities to take part in activities such as reed bed planting and wildlife population sampling. We also have visiting speakers who talk to the learners about careers e.g. Police dog handlers, RPSCA inspectors.

You will develop your numeracy, communication and team working skills.

This course usually takes place over 3 days per week.

All of our learners will be given support with their English and Maths skills where relevant to their main programme. Those students who have not yet achieved a 'C' grade at GCSE in these subjects will continue to work towards these important qualifications at a level suited to them.

Mandatory units include:

- Undertake Work Related Experience in the Land-based Industries
- Maintain Animal Accommodation
- Undertake Practical Animal Feeding
- Maintain Animal Health and Welfare

There are also a range of other units which may vary from year to year; these may include e.g. Principles of Animal Biology, Contribute to the Nursing of Animals or Introduction to the Principles and Practices of Animal Behaviour and Handling.

The majority of assessment is achieved through assignments (including essays, practical reports, posters and oral presentations). Class tests may also occasionally be used. Learners should expect 3-5 assignments per unit. A significant part of the assessment is achieved through logging specific practical activities in the Animal Rescue Centre.

Entry Requirements

4 GCSEs Grade 3 (old grade D) or above.

After Your Course

Possible career opportunities include dog grooming, kennel assistant or animal care technician. One of our current learners has just secured a full-time job as an assistant zookeeper. Learners who achieve high enough grades may progress onto the Level 3 in Animal Management, or onto an apprenticeship in Animal Care.