What will I learn?
You will learn how to care for and look after a rangeof animals, from housing and feeding requirements, to handling, behaviour, health and exercise. You will learn the theory behind the what, when, why and how and then carry this out in practical sessions.
The course consists of 1 practical day per week and 2-3 days of theory lessons. The units are assessed in different ways such as written assessments, synoptic assessments and synoptic exams. During your practical sessions you will have the opportunity to develop your practical skills which form part of your overall assessment, therefore attendance and correct PPE are important.
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. We also hope to offer an optional three day study trip to Wales focusing on the collection and identification of indigenous species.
- 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
- Kennel or Cattery worker
- Dog walker
- Pet shop assistant
- Animal care assistant