This is an ideal course for anyone who would like to work in the animal care industry. Combining theory and practical work, it includes a period of industry experience.
You need one of the following:
You should also have a standard of English and maths equivalent to Functional Skills Level 1.
If you are a mature learner, we may be able to take into consideration your previous experience in your chosen subject. Applicants will be interviewed, will undertake an initial assessment in English and maths, and must present an example of current work.
You must have a minimum of a Merit grade to progress to an Advanced Diploma.
You will study:
In addition to these units, you will study Functional Skills.
You will be continually assessed throughout the year. The various assessment methods include written reports, practical assessments, online tests and work placement reports.
You will need protective clothing - a Derby College lab coat (which will be available to purchase at enrolment) and steel toe-capped footwear - when working with animals. You will also need writing materials and a folder. Having a memory stick for use with PCs is strongly recommended.
You can consider taking your qualification to the next level with a City & Guilds Level 3 Advanced Diploma in Animal Care. You can also progress within your career in the animal care industry.
A mature student is planning to combine animal management training with holistic skills to launch her own equine therapy business.
Kim Leder, 44, believes her qualifications gained at Derby College courses combined with a previous qualification can help her career dreams come to life.
Long Eaton mum of three Kim is trained to level 3 in holistic therapy and has just completed her HND in animal management at Broomfield.
She is going on to the one year top-up to achieve the full degree at Derby College and plans to go on to launch her own equine holistic therapy business after that.
Kim has combined the course with bringing up three girls nine-year-old twins Sophie and Jorja (corrct) and 11 year old Millie.
Kim said gained a distinction for a module on behaviour which demonstrated how horses responded well to reiki therapy when they were nervous about being saddled.
She said: "The horses responded really well and the difference was quite noticeable. When I got the grades back, I'd got a distinction which was great.
"Hopefully after my degree I'll be able to start my own business."