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Level: 2

Location: Broomfield Hall

Years: 1

Interview: Y

Course Summary

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.

Entry requirements

You need one of the following:

  • Introductory Diploma in the related subject, or
  • Three GCSEs at grade D or above

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.

Course Content

You will study:

  • Health and Welfare
  • Practical Animal Feeding
  • Animal Accommodation
  • Work-related Experience
  • Basic Principles of Animal Biology
  • Animal Behaviour and Handling
  • British Wildlife Species
  • Habitats and Rehabilitation

In addition to these units, you will study Functional Skills.

How will I be assessed?

You will be continually assessed throughout the year.  The various assessment methods include written reports, practical assessments, online tests and work placement reports.

Are there any additional costs or specialist equipment required?

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.

What can I do after this course?

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.

 

This course is run at the Broomfield Hall Campus

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Lauren Cooper

Lauren Cooper

One of Lauren’s best ever decisions

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."

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