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.
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."