Delivered over two years, in Years 10 and 11; this course will give you the knowledge and skills to be able to assist in the care of the land and animals.
No formal qualifications are required but you should have a keen interest in animals.
Continuous assessment will take place over the two years, with both practical and theoretical tasks to help you build a portfolio.
You will be involved in a range of practical and theoretical learning activities and you will take an online exam marked externally.
You need Personal Protective Equipment including steel toe cap boots and a green lab coat. (NB. PPE must be purchased through Derby College).
Upon completion of the qualification and depending on the grades achieved, learners may wish to progress to further study, such as:
Further study can lead to a variety of careers within the land-based industry.
(Please note this qualification is on the Department for Education headline performance measures in the technical award category).
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."