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).
For former Derby College student Annie Dowell getting a job working with animals was inevitable.And, thanks in part to the practical work experience and the qualifications she gained on her Animal Care level 3 course; she now runs a boarding kennels.Annie first got to know Coppice Kennels and Cattery in Melbourne while at Derby College and later took a Saturday job there as a dog walker.After leaving College with a triple distinction she went on to take a dog grooming course at Broomfield and then worked at dog re-homing centres in Wales and Spain.In 2012 she took over the running of Coppice Kennels and is now responsible, with fiancé Matt for looking after 40 dogs, 15 cats as well as up to five foster dogs.Annie loved her time at College – especially the caring for wildlife part and gaining work experience at Twycross Zoo.
She said: "I loved absolutely every minute of my course and wish I could do it all again. I'm always recommending Broomfield to our dog walkers, who are young and keen to get into animal care."