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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

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.

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

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
  • Microbiology and Biochemistry
  • Wildlife Ecology
  • Kennel and Cattery Management

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.

Careers

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 »

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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