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.
Carla Davies came to Derby College to re-train as a dog groomer and is now fulfilling her dream of working with animals after securing a part-time job at Kennel Gate in Nottingham.
As part of her course, she was matched to the job opportunity through the College’s pioneering recruitment service established with the REED NCFE Partnership. They alerted Carla – who had been an office worker since leaving school – to the job opportunity and helped her with her CV and interview techniques.
When I heard about the job opportunities and support available through the REED NCFE team, I decided to go for it and was over the moon when I was offered the job. It is a dream come true and I have also returned to Derby College for an evening course to gain more qualifications in dog grooming.