If you have a strong interest in caring for animals, this course will stand you in good stead for a rewarding career. You will get involved in handling, feeding and watering animals, preparing and maintaining animal accommodation, and ensuring the health and welfare of animals.
You should have grades 1//2 or E-G at GCSE and a sound interest in the area of study. All applicants will be interviewed, will undertake an initial assessment of English and maths, and will be encouraged to present an example of current work.
You will learn about animals in the wild and society, while developing your literacy, IT and numeracy skills.
Mandatory modules and units will be discussed with you at your interview.
You will be required to compile a portfolio of evidence reflecting your achievements throughout the course and to take an online multiple choice test towards the end of the course.
You will need writing materials, working clothes and steel toe-capped boots for practicals. This will be discussed at your interview.
If you do well on this course, it may be possible to progress to an Intermediate Diploma. You must have a minimum of a Merit grade to progress to the Intermediate Diploma.
This course is your first step towards any of the wide range of fascinating careers that involve working with animals.
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."