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:
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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.
A mature student is planning to combine animal management training with holistic skills to launch her own equine therapy business. Kim Leder, 44, believes her qualifications gained at Derby College courses combined with a previous qualification can help her career dreams come to life.
Long Eaton mum of three Kim is trained to level 3 in holistic therapy and has just completed her HND in animal management at Broomfield.
She is going on to the one year top-up to achieve the full degree at Derby College and plans to go on to launch her own equine holistic therapy business after that. Kim has combined the course with bringing up three girls nine-year-old twins Sophie and Jorja (corrct) and 11 year old Millie.
Kim said gained a distinction for a module on behaviour which demonstrated how horses responded well to reiki therapy when they were nervous about being saddled.
She said: "The horses responded really well and the difference was quite noticeable. When I got the grades back, I'd got a distinction which was great.
"Hopefully after my degree I'll be able to start my own business."