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Entry Level 3 Introductory Certificate in Animal Care

If you have a strong interest in caring for animals, this course will stand you in good stead for a rewarding career.  You will build up your practical skills looking after a variety of animals, as well as your confidence around written work, time management and communication skills.

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Course Summary

Subject Area: Animal Care
School Leaver - Vocational/Technical
Location: Broomfield Hall
Full Time or Part Time: FT
Level: Entry
Number Of Years: 1
Interview Required?: Y
Broomfield Hall

Apply now at: https://www.derby-college.ac.uk/course/entry-level-3-introductory-certificate-in-animal-care
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Course Information for Students

If you have a strong interest in caring for animals, this course will stand you in good stead for a rewarding career.  You will build up your practical animal care skills looking after a variety of animals, as well as your confidence around written work, time management and communication skills. 

You should have grade 1 in English and Maths or the equivalent and a sound interest in the area of study. You must have a reasonable level of fitness to be able to take part in the practical sessions. All applicants will be interviewed by an Animal Care member of staff to make sure the course is right for you.   

You will learn about animals in the wild and pet animals, while developing your literacy, IT and numeracy.  You will work practically with a wide variety of animals on our animal unit. We will also work on teamwork skills and on a variety of projects to develop your study and employment skills.  

More information about what the course entails will be discussed with you at your interview.  

You will have at least three practical sessions a week, working on our animal unit. You will also have one theory-based animal care lesson and an employability session. Also on your timetable, you will have an academic tutorial and a character education tutorial. In addition, you will study towards Functional Skills or GCSE English and Maths if you have not achieved a grade 4 (C) or the equivalent.  

You will be required to supply your own: 

•Derby College Group green lab coat (Information on where to buy these will be given at enrolment)
•Closed-toe flat steel toe-capped shoes/boots/wellingtons 
•Derby College Group polo and sweatshirt 
•Writing materials 

Long hair is to be tied back and no nail varnish, false or long nails, ripped clothing, fake eyelashes or jewellery (including piercings) should be worn whilst on practical lessons. These rules are non-negotiable. 

You will be assessed through your attendance in classes and in-class tasks, both practical and written.

If you do well on this course, it may be possible to progress to a Level 1 Diploma in Animal Care. You must attend well, have good reports from staff and complete all tasks required to be able to progress to the Level 1 Diploma.  

This course can help you progress to a traineeship, apprenticeship or employment in the animal industry.

For more information contact Derby College Group on 0800 0280289 or enquiries@derby-college.ac.uk

Course Information for Employers

If you are an employer and would like to know more about the apprenticeships and professional training we deliver or how you can get involved in co-creating and co-delivering the curriculum, please contact us via email on businessenquiries@derby-college.ac.uk, call us on 01332 387 421 or visit our employer pages here.

Career Information

This course could lead to one of these careers...

Other Animal Care Services Occupations

£18433

Other Animal Care Services Occupations

Veterinary Nurses

£17640

Veterinary Nurses

Veterinarians

£33446

Veterinarians

More Careers Information at: https://www.derby-college.ac.uk/career-pathways
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DCG Success Stories

Former DCG Animal Care student Freya Munro holding her pat cat.

Freya Munro

Veterinary nurse Freya off to Harper Adams to take top up degree

College was good. I liked the people and I learned such a lot from our lecturers – not just about animal management but about their own experiences of the veterinary industry.

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Course Information Last Updated On: October 24, 2022 12:44 pm