What will I learn?
This 18-unit course will give you the skills, knowledge and practical understanding to progress into employment or higher level study at university â€“ from dedicated animal husbandry roles to volunteer conservation placements abroad and a full range of higher education courses including Veterinary Science Degrees.
In the first year youâ€™ll gain a solid foundation in animal science and husbandry before selecting a pathway for your second year. We immerse you in the world of animal studies with a host of industry guests and speakers, as well as visits to zoological parks and specialist veterinary and conservation centres. Youâ€™ll also have the opportunity to attend residential study tours both in the UK and South Africa. Working with wild animals â€“ whether tracking rhinoceros or working on large cat breeding programmes â€“ gives Sparsholt students an unforgettable experience, as well as valuable industry contacts.
â€¢ Practical animal handling and behaviour with dogs, avian and other exotic species
â€¢ Health and nutrition
â€¢ Breeding and welfare
â€¢ Biology and anatomy
â€¢ Exotic and zoo husbandry
â€¢ Conservation and wildlife rehabilitation
â€¢ Nursing, aquatics, equine and farm livestock
â€¢ Specialist science units for veterinary science progression
What grades will I need?
Five GCSEs including Science, Maths and EnglishÂ at Grade C/4 or Level 2 in Animal Care at Merit level.
What can I study next?
â€¢ Animal Science, Behaviour and Conservation at FdSc or BSc level
â€¢ Apprenticeship in Veterinary Nursing or Animal Care
â€¢ Veterinary and Bio-Veterinary Sciences
This course gives you UCAS tariff points for entry to university.Â Complete a full Level 3 qualification with us and weâ€™ll guarantee you an offer of a place on one of our relevant University Centre Sparsholt degree courses. Admissions Terms & Conditions apply â€“ for full details go to Sparsholt.ac.uk/university-centre
â€¢ Veterinary nurse or assistant
â€¢ Pet retail including specialist outlets
â€¢ Kennels and catteries
â€¢ Grooming and hydrotherapy
â€¢ Animal rescue centres (wild and domestic)
â€¢ Animal training and behaviour
â€¢ Keeper or Education Officer in animal collections
â€¢ Conservation work