If you have a strong interest in caring for animals, this course will stand you in good stead for a rewarding career. You will get involved in handling, feeding and watering animals, preparing and maintaining animal accommodation, and ensuring the health and welfare of animals.
You should have grade 1 and above at GCSE English and a sound interest in the area of study. All applicants will be interviewed, will undertake an initial assessment in English and Maths and will be encouraged to present an example of current work.
If you are a mature learner, we may be able to take into consideration your previous experience in your chosen subject.
You will learn about animals in the wild and society, while developing your literacy, IT and numeracy skills.
Mandatory modules and units will be discussed with you at your interview.
You will be required to compile a portfolio of evidence reflecting your achievements throughout the course and to take an online multiple choice test towards the end of the course.
You will need writing materials, working clothes and steel toe-capped boots for practicals. This will be discussed at your interview.
If you do well on this course, it may be possible to progress to a Level 2 Certificate or Technical Certificate. You must have a minimum of a Merit grade to advance to the Level 2 Technical Certificate.
This course is your first step towards any of the wide range of fascinating careers that involve working with animals.
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."