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Pathways to Small Animal Care

This course is aimed at learners who have an inclusion need. It focuses on preparation for adulthood and developing work skills.

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Course Summary

Subject Area: Inclusion Curriculum (for students with learning difficulties and/or disabilities)
School Leaver - Vocational/Technical
Location: Broomfield Hall
Full Time or Part Time: FT
Level: Entry
Number Of Years:
Interview Required?: Y
Broomfield Hall

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Course Information for Students

This course is aimed at learners who have an inclusion need. It focuses on preparation for adulthood and developing work skills.  

You will continue to study Functional English and Maths and will take part in a tutorial and animal care activities.

It is expected that learners will want to continue studying and developing their skills in English and maths while taking a pathway towards animal care.

Places are allocated on an individual basis, following an interview and initial assessment.

Within this three-day (full-time) pathway, learners will work towards an OCR qualification, work on Functional Maths and English, prepare for adulthood and gain work experience within a small animal care environment.

This course will be delivered on-site. 

You will be asked to make a voluntary contribution to trips throughout the year and may be asked to provide some personal safety equipment for your chosen options.

Learners are set personalised RARPA targets which are then reviewed every half term. If appropriate, learners will develop evidence towards an OCR qualification.  Your learning support needs will be assessed and reviewed throughout the year. 

You can progress within Pathways, to a Work Ready Pathway, to a Level 1 vocational course at the College, or seek employment or training.

For more information, contact Derby College Group on 0800 0280289 or

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Course Information Last Updated On: May 2, 2024 4:37 pm