The Course

This course will provide you with a broad range of knowledge and understanding about a wide range of animals, whilst preparing you for progression by supporting your development of employability skills or progression on to your year two programme in Animal Management, depending on your career goals.

It is designed to serve the needs of all aspects of the animal sector, including companion animals, zoological and welfare aspects of the animal management industry and provide the basis for progression into further training, technical and practical skills you will need in your career. You will also have the opportunity to gain vital work experience in local animal businesses to develop industry knowledge and skills, try out the career you have set your sights on.

You will have the exciting opportunity to work with a range of species in our highly prized and industry relevant animal unit, including; cockroaches and crickets, to tortoises in our new chelonian room and nocturnal room to meerkats, skunks and more. Developing animal handling and husbandry skills and building knowledge about each species you work with in their specialist environments, with a critical look at behaviour, habitat and welfare.

  • What You Study

    Year 1

    • Animal welfare and ethics
    • Practical animal husbandry
    • Animal behaviour
    • Animal health and diseases
    • Work experience (including two-week external placement each academic year)
    • Animal biology
    • Animal grooming.

    Year 2

    • Animal breeding and genetics
    • Investigative research project
    • Practical skills in animal science
    • Business Management
    • Exotic animal husbandry
    • Animal nursing
    • Animals in boarding establishments
    • Human and animal interactions.
  • Entry Requirements

    Four GCSEs at grade 4 or equivalent, including all Sciences, English and Maths. A satisfactory academic reference is also needed.

    *If you have four GCSEs at grade 4 but not Science you will be offered Level 2 Diploma in Animal Care and will then move to one of our other Level 3 courses following successful completion.

    If you have Science at grade 4 but Maths and English are at grade 3 or below, but you have other grade 4 GCSEs, we may offer you the Level 3 with English and Maths.

  • Work Experience

    Students undertake one day per week or block week(s) for work experience, related trips and residential, practical sessions on the animal unit / kennels and farm. Students will complete a minimum of one week of kennel duties and one weekend of animal unit duties to develop employability skills. This equates to approximately 300 hours.

  • How You're Assessed

    Students are assessed through practical work, theory assignments, reports, posters, presentations and lab experiments.

  • Progression

    Almost all areas of the animal industry require experience and qualifications. Our Level 3 courses allow you to collect UCAS points to enable you to move on to a Foundation Degree or BSc Hons Degree, which in turn gives you the best start in the industry. This course would support the progression into an Animal Welfare and / or Behaviour related degree.

  • Careers

    You will require a kennel coat, lab coat and steel toe-capped boots. We strongly suggest that you purchase the BTEC Workbook and Revision Book and bring it to college every day.

  • Equipment Required

    Kennel coat, lab coat and steel toe-capped boots. We strongly suggest all students buy the BTEC Workbook and Revision Book and bring it to college every day.

  • How To Apply

    Application is through our online application form or by the Common Application Process (CAP).

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