If you would like to pursue a rewarding and interesting career in the animal care industry, this course will equip you with the skills you need. Combining theory and practical work, it includes a period of industry experience.
You need to be highly motivated and to demonstrate a keen interest in your chosen subject.
You will need:
If you are a mature student, we may be able to take into consideration your previous experience in your chosen subject.
All applicants will be interviewed and will undertake an initial assessment in English and Maths.
To progress to Year 2 of this course, you will be required to obtain a Pass grade or above during the first year. At the end of Year 1 you will choose a specialist pathway of study for your second year.
In Year 1 the course will cover:
This will progress into Year 2 in which we are offering animal management and science pathways.
This course is continually assessed throughout the year. The various assessment methods include written assignments, practical and written exams.
You will be required to supply your own:
Long hair is to be tied back and no nail varnish, false nails, false eyelashes or jewellery should be worn.
This course can put you on the path to career roles such as veterinary nurse or zoo keeper, as well as supervisory roles in rescue centres, pet stores, kennels, catteries and dog grooming salons.
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.
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.