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 the 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.
Animal management student Steph Lovely has returned to Derby College Broomfield Hall because of the unique combination of work-based learning and academic studies on the study programme.
Steph (25) is completing the first of two years on her Level Five course and is planning to stay on for a third year to work towards a Bachelors qualification.
Steph said she was initially concerned about funding but found she was eligible for student finance which enabled her to pursue her studies.
Previously she has taken two courses at Broomfield – a first diploma in horse care and a national diploma in horse management.
She worked with horses for a few years before deciding to switch direction while still working with animals.
Now she is aiming to go on to become a veterinary nurse or RSPCA foster carer.
Steph said: The course is really hands-on and that's what I wanted. It's going really well. I'm getting better grades than I expected, with merits and distinctions. It will be a stepping stone for the future."