This course provides a foundation of knowledge, skills and experience of working with a range of small animals. From handling, feeding and housing to animal health and wellbeing.
You should have a strong interest in caring for animals and a desire to work within the animal care industry. You need a good level of literacy and numeracy and the capability to organise the written information for your portfolio. An interview will also be necessary.
You will study the following units:
The course is continuously assessed using a range of methods including written tests, projects, a paper based exam and practical assessments. All coursework will be compiled to build a portfolio.
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."