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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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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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