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.
Going to Derby College to study animal management is, says higher education student Lauren Cooper, one of the best decisions she has ever made. Lauren, who took her level three qualifications with the College, is now on a higher education animal management course. She hopes to work in a zoo or in canine rehabilitation in the future. Although she has always loved animals, Lauren hadn't realised such learning opportunities were available to her when she first left school with GCSEs. That all changed though after she went along to an open day at Broomfield Hall with her sister Natasha – a Derby College floristry student. As a then 24 year old with a young child, Lauren discovered that she qualified for free tuition on the level 3 animal care course, bursary help with her travel expenses and a free on-site nursery place for son Zander. Lauren, who has two lurchers and a lizard named Scott at home, particularly relishes the hands-on elements of her HNC course – especially handling more unusual species such as porcupines and skunks. Supportive tutors and family fun days which 'tractor mad' Zander loves, are also among other great aspects of studying at Broomfield Hall.
She said: "Taking the decision to come to Broomfield Hall was a no brainer.
"I loved everything about the level 3 course and I'm really enjoying the higher education course I'm on now. I hope my experience will be an inspiration to other people who have a passion for learning how to look after animals."