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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

OR

  • 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

The course will cover:

  • 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 be required to supply your own:

  • Safety boots or wellingtons
  • Derby College bottle green laboratory coat for practicals (which will be available to purchase at enrolment)
  • Derby College polo and sweatshirt (Information will be provided at enrolment on where to buy these from)
  • Writing materials, to include a lever arch file, dividers and a memory stick
  • Entrance fees to various establishments (As part of the course, you will visit several animal collections over the year, so allow around £50.00 for entrance fees.)

Long hair is to be tied back and no nail varnish, jewellery, false eyelashes or false nails should be worn.

 

What can I do after this course?

This course can put you on the path to career roles such as veterinary nurse or zoo keeper, as well as supervisory roles in rescue centres, pet stores, kennels, catteries and dog grooming salons.

 

You could also progress to a foundation degree or honours degree in a related area.

 

Derby College offers a range of one-day, weekend and evening courses relating to Animal Care, as well as a wide range of other land-based topics - please see the Derby College Part-time Prospectus for a full list and details.

 

 

This course is run at the Broomfield Hall Campus

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About Broomfield Hall »

Lauren Cooper

Lauren Cooper

One of Lauren’s best ever decisions

Going to Derby College to study animal management is, says higher education student Lauren Cooper, one of the best decisions she has ever made. Lauren, who took her level three qualifications with the College, is now on a higher education animal management course. She hopes to work in a zoo or in canine rehabilitation in the future. Although she has always loved animals, Lauren hadn't realised such learning opportunities were available to her when she first left school with GCSEs. That all changed though after she went along to an open day at Broomfield Hall with her sister Natasha – a Derby College floristry student. As a then 24 year old with a young child, Lauren discovered that she qualified for free tuition on the level 3 animal care course, bursary help with her travel expenses and a free on-site nursery place for son Zander. Lauren, who has two lurchers and a lizard named Scott at home, particularly relishes the hands-on elements of her HNC course – especially handling more unusual species such as porcupines and skunks. Supportive tutors and family fun days which 'tractor mad' Zander loves, are also among other great aspects of studying at Broomfield Hall.

She said: "Taking the decision to come to Broomfield Hall was a no brainer.
"I loved everything about the level 3 course and I'm really enjoying the higher education course I'm on now. I hope my experience will be an inspiration to other people who have a passion for learning how to look after animals."

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