What will I learn?
The course will focus on developing your skills and knowledge of animal husbandry through a mix of engaging classroom sessions, practical animal handling and work experience.
You will gain hands-on experience with the farm livestock, exotic animals, domestic pets and birds of the College’s Animal Health and Welfare Research Centre. There is also an optional three day study trip to Wales focusing on the collection and identification of indigenous species. You’ll also work towards Functional Skills or GCSE in Maths and English – we would recommend that if taking both Functional skills for English and Maths you consider studying at Level 1 first.
You will have 1 practical day a week with 2-3 days of theory. There is a compulsory work experience unit and you’ll also complete 1 week’s work experience at a placement. Three of the units are assessed by written assignments and the core units are assessed by the synoptic exam and synoptic assessment which can be overwhelming for some students – and having the ability to use computers would be essential. You will also be assessed practically – and attendance to all practical sessions is essential to be able to keep on top of these.
- Animal handling and husbandry
- Feeding and accommodation
- Behaviour of a wide range of animals
- Animal biology
- Specialist units looking at caring for zoo animals
- Work experience
Four GCSEs at grade 3 or above, English and Maths at grade 3 or a Level 1 in Animal Care with either units at a Merit or recommendation for the course.
What can I study next?
- Level 3 in Animal Management
- Apprenticeship – Animal Care and Welfare Assistant Standard Level 2/Keeper and Aquarist Standard Level 3
Working in kennels, grooming centres, pet shops and animal welfare centres.