This course provides in-depth knowledge, skills and work experience to help you gain employment within the animal management industry or to progress to higher education or apprenticeship programmes.
You will be taught in both a practical and theoretical environment relating to the industry of animal management. This course is ideal for someone looking to improve upon their basic animal skills and knowledge and to open up employment opportunities within the animal management sector. Additionally, you will have the opportunity to participate in a range of enrichment activities.
You need to be highly motivated and to demonstrate a keen interest in the animal management industry. A place on the course is subject to interview and you will have to evidence:
Please take into consideration that this course requires an element of physical activity: you will work hands-on with a range of animal species (small and large) and you will need to complete work experience as part of your course.
To progress to Year 2 of this course, you will be required to obtain a Pass grade or above during the first year. At the end of Year 1 you will choose a specialist pathway of study for your second year. This will be in discussion with your personal tutor, taking into consideration your career goals and aspirations.
In Year 1 the course will cover:
You will also be expected to continue with English and Maths qualifications if you have progressed from a subject-relevant Level 2 course but are yet to achieve a GCSE grade 4 in both subjects. (If you are 19+, this is not applicable).
In Year 2 of the programme, we are offering Animal, Zoo and Science pathways.
This course is continually assessed throughout the year. The various assessment methods include written assignments, practical and written exams.
You will be required to supply your own:
Long hair is to be tied back and no nail varnish, false nails, false eyelashes or jewellery should be worn.
This course can put you on the path to career roles such as veterinary nurse or zoo keeper, as well as supervisory roles in rescue centres, pet stores, kennels, catteries and dog grooming salons.
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.
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."