If you have worked in the animal care industry for some time, have plenty of experience and are looking to gain a formal qualification, this may be the course for you. Ideally it would suit a learner who manages others as a supervisor or is in a managerial position in an animal care setting.
This qualification will allow you to exhibit your skills in planning and organising the care of animals, as well as demonstrating your leadership skills in managing staff.
You need to be highly motivated and demonstrate a keen interest in your chosen subject.
You will need:
If you are a mature learner, we may be able to take into consideration your previous experience in your chosen subject. All applicants will be interviewed, will undertake an initial assessment in English and maths, and must present an example of current work.
It is advisable that you have a good level of maths and English as you will be required to provide a portfolio of evidence either by e-portfolio or in paper-based style.
You should be employed as a manager or supervisor in an appropriate animal care environment, such as a boarding establishment, zoo, grooming salon, animal charity or wildlife centre.
This qualification involves completing a series of units, some mandatory and some optional, to suit your chosen pathway. During your induction, the assessor will help you to choose the units most suitable for you.
There are eight different pathways you can choose from:
You will complete Level 2 Functional Skills in Maths and English (unless you are exempt) and the Employment Rights and Responsibilities Workbook and Personal Learning and Thinking Skills (developed by LANTRA).
In addition, you will complete the main Level 3 Diploma in Work-based Animal Care programme, which includes the independent assessment - a short answer test.
You will provide a portfolio which will include a range of evidence types including case studies, knowledge questions, a photographic diary and practical assessments. These will support the skills you have gained with your training to prove your competence within your job role. You will also sit an independent assessment as part of the course. A College work-based assessor will visit you in your placement to observe you and assess the evidence you have provided.
This qualification may lead to you undertaking a higher education course, such as a HND or foundation degree in animal management (subject to specific college/university entry requirements), or other related courses such as animal behaviour or grooming.
It will also confirm to future employers that you have the right knowledge and practical abilities, particularly if you were to apply for a managerial position within the animal industry.
For former Derby College student Annie Dowell getting a job working with animals was inevitable.And, thanks in part to the practical work experience and the qualifications she gained on her Animal Care level 3 course; she now runs a boarding kennels.Annie first got to know Coppice Kennels and Cattery in Melbourne while at Derby College and later took a Saturday job there as a dog walker.After leaving College with a triple distinction she went on to take a dog grooming course at Broomfield and then worked at dog re-homing centres in Wales and Spain.In 2012 she took over the running of Coppice Kennels and is now responsible, with fiancé Matt for looking after 40 dogs, 15 cats as well as up to five foster dogs.Annie loved her time at College – especially the caring for wildlife part and gaining work experience at Twycross Zoo.
She said: "I loved absolutely every minute of my course and wish I could do it all again. I'm always recommending Broomfield to our dog walkers, who are young and keen to get into animal care."