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Level: 2

Location: Broomfield Hall

Years: 1

Interview: Y

Course Summary

This is an ideal course for anyone who would like to work in the animal care industry. Combining theory and practical work, it includes a period of industry experience. You will get to build your practical skills and theory knowledge through working with a wide variety of animals on our animal unit and also through work experience placements in the animal care industry.

You will have the chance to take part in extra enrichment activities such as guest lectures, trips and assisting on open days.

Entry requirements

You need one of the following:

  • Introductory Diploma in a related subject

OR

  • Three GCSEs at grade D or above in English, Science and one other subject 

You should also have a standard of English and maths equivalent to Functional Skills Level 1.

If you are a mature learner, we may be able to take into consideration your previous experience in your chosen subject.

You will be interviewed and will undertake an initial assessment in English and maths.

You must have a minimum of a Merit grade to progress to the Level 3 Advanced Technical Diploma in Animal Management.

Course Content

The course will cover:

  • Health and welfare
  • Practical animal feeding
  • Animal accommodation
  • Work-related experience
  • Basic principles of animal biology
  • Animal behaviour and handling
  • British wildlife species, habitats and rehabilitation

In addition to these units, you will study GCSE English and/or Maths if you do not have these at a grade C or the equivalent.

How will I be assessed?

To be assessed, you will build a portfolio of assignments and undertake class tests and practical assessments throughout the year. Each assessment will be internally marked and your completed portfolio will be awarded a Pass, Merit, Distinction or Distinction Star grade.

Are there any additional costs or specialist equipment required?

You will be required to supply your own:

  • Safety boots or steel toe-cap wellingtons
  • Derby College bottle green laboratory coat for practicals (which will be available to purchase at enrolment)
  • Derby College polo and sweatshirt (information will be provided at enrolment on where to buy these from)
  • Writing materials, to include a lever arch file and dividers
  • Entrance fees to various establishments

Long hair is to be tied back and no nail varnish, false nails, ripped clothing, fake eyelashes or jewellery should be worn on the animal unit.

 

What can I do after this course?

If you achieve well on this course, you could progress to the Level 3 Advanced Technical Diploma in Animal Management or go into employment or an apprenticeship.

Derby College offers a range of one-day, weekend and evening courses relating to Animal Care as well as a wide range of other land-based topics - please see the Derby College Part-time Prospectus for a full list and details.

 

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Zoe Longdon

Zoe Longdon

Dog groomer Zoe leads the pack after college success


A mature student has praised a part-time Derby College course which allowed her to change career direction and launch the thriving business of her dreams.
Former dog warden Zoe Longdon, 43, said she gained essential support, skills and confidence at Broomfield Hall, while working for her City and Guilds Level 2 certificate in Dog Grooming.
Now Zoe is putting her knowledge into practice by running her own mobile dog grooming service called “Rovers Return”, from Newthorpe, Eastwood, Nottinghamshire.
She said level of training provided by lecturer Sue Oliver was above that which can be expected at Level 2 – and the course offered good value for money in comparison to the privately run equivalents  she researched.

“I started in business last summer. Now I’ve got 85 clients and I’m going from strength-to-strength.  I’ve achieved my dream and I’m loving every day.”

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