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 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.
A mature student is planning to combine animal management training with holistic skills to launch her own equine therapy business.
Kim Leder, 44, believes her qualifications gained at Derby College courses combined with a previous qualification can help her career dreams come to life.
Long Eaton mum of three Kim is trained to level 3 in holistic therapy and has just completed her HND in animal management at Broomfield.
She is going on to the one year top-up to achieve the full degree at Derby College and plans to go on to launch her own equine holistic therapy business after that.
Kim has combined the course with bringing up three girls nine-year-old twins Sophie and Jorja (corrct) and 11 year old Millie.
Kim said gained a distinction for a module on behaviour which demonstrated how horses responded well to reiki therapy when they were nervous about being saddled.
She said: "The horses responded really well and the difference was quite noticeable. When I got the grades back, I'd got a distinction which was great.
"Hopefully after my degree I'll be able to start my own business."