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 heath and welfare of animals.
You should have grade 1 in English and Maths or equivalent and a sound interest in the area of study. All applicants will be interviewed and will undertake an initial assessment in English and maths.
You will learn about animals in the wild and society, while developing your literacy, IT and numeracy. You will work practically with a wide variety of animals on our animal unit.
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, including written assignments and practical assessments, and to take an online multiple choice test towards the end of the course.
You will be required to supply your own:
•Derby College Green Lab coat
•Closed-toe flat steel toe-capped shoes/boots/wellingtons
•Derby College polo and sweatshirt
Information on where to buy these will be given at enrolment.
Long hair is to be tied back and no nail varnish, false nails, ripped clothing, fake eyelashes or jewellery should be worn whilst on practical lessons.
If you do well on this course, it may be possible to progress to a Level 2 Diploma or Level 2 Certificate. You must have a minimum of a Merit grade to advance to the Level 2 Diploma and a Pass grade to progress to the Level 2 Certificate.
This course can help you progress to a traineeship, apprenticeship or employment in the animal industry.
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."