Delivered over two years, in Years 10 and 11; this course will give you the knowledge and skills to be able to assist in the care of the land and animals.
No formal qualifications are required but you should have a keen interest in animals.
Continuous assessment will take place over the two years, with both practical and theoretical tasks to help you build a portfolio.
You will be involved in a range of practical and theoretical learning activities and you will take an online exam marked externally.
You need Personal Protective Equipment including steel toe cap boots and a green lab coat. (NB. PPE must be purchased through Derby College).
Upon completion of the qualification and depending on the grades achieved, learners may wish to progress to further study, such as:
Further study can lead to a variety of careers within the land-based industry.
(Please note this qualification is on the Department for Education headline performance measures in the technical award category).
Going to Derby College to study animal management is, says higher education student Lauren Cooper, one of the best decisions she has ever made. Lauren, who took her level three qualifications with the College, is now on a higher education animal management course. She hopes to work in a zoo or in canine rehabilitation in the future. Although she has always loved animals, Lauren hadn't realised such learning opportunities were available to her when she first left school with GCSEs. That all changed though after she went along to an open day at Broomfield Hall with her sister Natasha – a Derby College floristry student. As a then 24 year old with a young child, Lauren discovered that she qualified for free tuition on the level 3 animal care course, bursary help with her travel expenses and a free on-site nursery place for son Zander. Lauren, who has two lurchers and a lizard named Scott at home, particularly relishes the hands-on elements of her HNC course – especially handling more unusual species such as porcupines and skunks. Supportive tutors and family fun days which 'tractor mad' Zander loves, are also among other great aspects of studying at Broomfield Hall.
She said: "Taking the decision to come to Broomfield Hall was a no brainer.
"I loved everything about the level 3 course and I'm really enjoying the higher education course I'm on now. I hope my experience will be an inspiration to other people who have a passion for learning how to look after animals."