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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.

You 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 Distinction grade to progress to the Level 3 Advanced Technical Diploma in Animal Management.

Course Content

The course will cover:

  • 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 GCSE English and/or Maths if you do not have these at a grade C or the equivalent.

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 be required to supply your own:

  • Safety boots or wellingtons
  • Derby College bottle green laboratory coat for practicals (which will be available to purchase at enrolment)
  • Derby College polo and sweatshirt (information will be provided at enrolment on where to buy these from)
  • Writing materials, to include a lever arch file, dividers and a memory stick
  • Entrance fees to various establishments

Long hair is to be tied back and no nail varnish, false nails, ripped clothing, fake eyelashes or jewellery should be worn.

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What can I do after this course?

If you achieve well in this course you could progress to the Level 3 Advanced Technical Diploma in Animal Management or go into employment.

 

Derby College offers a range of one-day, weekend and evening courses relating to Animal Care as well as a wide range of other land-based topics - please see the Derby College Part-time Prospectus for a full list and details.

 

 

This course is run at the Broomfield Hall Campus

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About Broomfield Hall »

Steph Lovely

Steph Lovely

Hands-on Broomfield course helps Steph target Bachelors

Animal management student Steph Lovely has returned to Derby College Broomfield Hall because of the unique combination of work-based learning and academic studies on the study programme.
Steph (25) is completing the first of two years on her Level Five course and is planning to stay on for a third year to work towards a Bachelors qualification.
Steph said she was initially concerned about funding but found she was eligible for student finance which enabled her to pursue her studies.
Previously she has taken two courses at Broomfield – a first diploma in horse care and a national diploma in horse management.
She worked with horses for a few years before deciding to switch direction while still working with animals.
Now she is aiming to go on to become a veterinary nurse or RSPCA foster carer.

Steph said: The course is really hands-on and that's what I wanted. It's going really well. I'm getting better grades than I expected, with merits and distinctions. It will be a stepping stone for the future."

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