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You need English and maths skills to get on in life. They will support your studies at the College, help with everyday tasks and pave the way to future career success.
If you don’t already have a grade 4 or above in GCSE English and Maths – or equivalent qualifications – you will continue studying these subjects as part of your course at Derby College.
We’ll support you all the way: working with you on the right programme of development throughout your time with us.
When you’ve completed your course, why not broaden your horizons further still at Derby College? Additional qualifications in subjects such as Conservation, Agriculture and Horse Care are exciting choices. Or check out our courses in Business, Enterprise and Management if you would like to set up a venture of your own.
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."
National Minimum Wage.
Feeding, exercising and looking after dogs
Senior zoo keeper
£24,000 per year.
Looking after animals and liaising with visitors
Up to £24,000 per year.
Assisting the vet and advising pet owners on animal welfare
£31,000+ per year
Graduate starting position in a practice
Courses in this area are run at our Broomfield Hall campus. About Broomfield Hall »
Advice from the sector skills council for land-based and environmental sectors
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