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Level: 1

Location: Broomfield Hall

Years: 1

Interview: Y

Course Summary

If you have a strong interest in caring for animals, this course will help you develop the skills for working in the animal care industry. You will get involved in all aspects of the care of animals while developing English and maths, employability and personal development skills for the future. You will also complete a work placement in the animal care industry.

Entry requirements

You should have one grade 2 and one grade 1 or above in GCSE English and Maths and a sound interest in the area of study. All applicants will be interviewed by a member of the Animal Care team.

Course Content

You will complete modules in health and safety in the workplace, personal development and work experience all while developing practical animal care skills. Mandatory modules and units will be discussed with you at your interview.

How will I be assessed?

You will be required to compile a portfolio of evidence reflecting your achievements throughout the course and to complete English and Maths exams.

Are there any additional costs or specialist equipment required?

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
  • Writing materials

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.

What can I do after this course?

Further Study
If you do well on this course, it may be possible to progress to a Level 2 Diploma. You must have a minimum of a Merit grade to advance to the Level 2 Diploma.

This course can help you progress to a traineeship, apprenticeship or employment.

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Annie Dowell

Annie Dowell

Kennel owner Annie loved every minute of Animal Care course

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."

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