This course is for internal candidates and is College certificated. It allows students time to adjust to the large step from a Level 1 to a Level 2 course. It develops students' practical skills, preparing them for employment within the animal care industry.
You need one of the following:
You must have a minimum of a Merit grade to progress to the Level 2 Diploma in Animal Care the following year.
We will work closely with you and, if we feel it is appropriate, you can work towards a City & Guilds Level 2 Certificate in Animal Care.
You will be assessed continually throughout the course using a range of methods including exams, assignments and practical assessments. You will build a portfolio of assessments throughout the year that can be graded as Pass, Merit, Distinction or Distinction star.
You will be required to supply your own:
Long hair should be tied up and no jewellery or nail varnish is to be worn.
You can progress to the full Level 2 Diploma in Animal Care or go into an apprenticeship or employment.
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.
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."