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Level: 3

Location: Broomfield Hall

Years: 2

Interview: Y

Course Summary

If you would like to pursue a rewarding and interesting career in the animal care industry, this course will equip you with the skills you need.  Combining theory and practical work, it includes a period of industry experience.

Entry requirements

To progress to Year 2 of this course, you will be required to obtain a Merit grade or above during your first year.

You need to be highly motivated and demonstrate a keen interest in your chosen subject.

You will need:

  • a minimum of four GCSEs at grade C or above, including English and/or Maths
  • an Intermediate Diploma in the chosen subject to a Merit or Distinction standard, including English and/or Maths

If you are a mature learner, we may be able to take into consideration your previous experience in your chosen subject.  All applicants will be interviewed, will undertake an initial assessment in English and maths, and must present an example of current work.

Course Content

You will study:

  • Animal Accommodation
  • Animal Health
  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Animal Feeding
  • Animal Biology
  • Animal Handling
  • Work-related Experience
  • Investigative Project
  • Animal Behaviour
  • Animal Nursing
  • Animal Welfare
  • Dog Grooming
  • Exotic Animal Health and Husbandry
  • Pet Store Management
  • Zoological Animal Health and Husbandry
  • Animal Nutrition
  • Animal Training
  • Wildlife Rehabilitation
  • Farm Livestock Husbandry

How will I be assessed?

This course is 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 a lab coat, steel toe-capped footwear and writing materials.  A memory stick for use with PCs is strongly recommended. 
As part of the course, you will visit several animal collections over the year, so allow around £30 for entrance fees to various establishments.

What can I do after this course?

Further study
You can progress to a foundation degree or honours degree in a related area.
This course can put you on the path to careers in roles such as veterinary nurse or zoo keeper, as well as supervisory roles in rescue centres, pet stores, kennels, catteries and dog grooming salons.


This course is run at the Broomfield Hall Campus

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About Broomfield Hall »

Carla Davies

Carla Davies

A dream job in dog grooming

Carla Davies came to Derby College to re-train as a dog groomer and is now fulfilling her dream of working with animals after securing a part-time job at Kennel Gate in Nottingham.

As part of her course, she was matched to the job opportunity through the College’s pioneering recruitment service established with the REED NCFE Partnership. They alerted Carla – who had been an office worker since leaving school – to the job opportunity and helped her with her CV and interview techniques.

When I heard about the job opportunities and support available through the REED NCFE team, I decided to go for it and was over the moon when I was offered the job. It is a dream come true and I have also returned to Derby College for an evening course to gain more qualifications in dog grooming.
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