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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.


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 »

Annie Dowell

Annie Dowell

Kennel owner Annie loved every minute of Animal Care course

For former Derby College student Annie Dowell getting a job working with animals was inevitable.And, thanks in part to the practical work experience and the qualifications she gained on her Animal Care level 3 course; she now runs a boarding kennels.Annie first got to know Coppice Kennels and Cattery in Melbourne while at Derby College and later took a Saturday job there as a dog walker.After leaving College with a triple distinction she went on to take a dog grooming course at Broomfield and then worked at dog re-homing centres in Wales and Spain.In 2012 she took over the running of Coppice Kennels and is now responsible, with fiancé Matt for looking after 40 dogs, 15 cats as well as up to five foster dogs.Annie loved her time at College – especially the caring for wildlife part and gaining work experience at Twycross Zoo.

She said: "I loved absolutely every minute of my course and wish I could do it all again. I'm always recommending Broomfield to our dog walkers, who are young and keen to get into animal care."

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