This is a two-year, full-time course, broadly equivalent to three A-levels, during which you will acquire an in-depth knowledge of animals and their needs. You will study topics including Animal Health, Exotic Animal Husbandry, Animal Handling, Animal Behaviour, Animal Biology and Fundamentals of Science. Work placement forms part of the training on this programme and is essential to meet the requirements of the qualification. Your learning will be supported by relevant educational visits. You will be assessed through a combination of assignments, observed practical work, presentations and examinations.
If you have not achieved a Grade C or equivalent in an ICT-related subject, Level 2 Essential Skills in ICT will be compulsory. This programme of study is likely to include enrichment units which are an additional component to enhance your employability. A minimum attendance of 80 % is expected on all aspects of the course.
This is a two year programme which is equivalent to three A Levels. Students may elect to leave after one year gaining a 90 credit diploma which is equivalent to three AS Levels.
This course session is currently closed for enrolment/applications – it may be offered at a later date – please continue to check our website for updates.
Upon successful completion of this course, you may be eligible to apply for HNDs in related areas and also degree programmes in animal science, zoology and animal nursing. Employment may be available in veterinary nursing, animal sanctuaries, pet shops and other areas of work within the animal care sector.
Requirements are pre-defined by the College’s admissions criteria which are outlined at the beginning of this document. Preference will be given to applicants who have achieved GCSE English and Maths at Grade C or above, or equivalent qualifications, and a Level 2 Science qualification (e.g. GCSE Science). In the event of there being more applicants than places for this course, the College may enhance the admissions criteria. Students must produce medical evidence of current vaccination (or immunity) against tetanus prior to commencement of animal house work and work experience.
All fees are set in accordance with DfE regulations.
Attendance at an information session is mandatory in order that candidates can make an informed decision regarding their application for this course.