Please note, this course information is for September 2021 entry.
The new admissions cycle for September 2022 entry will open in October 2021, and we recommend you check back for updates to course information.
If you are interested in working with a variety of animals, then this course will give you relevant hands on experience.
We provide excellent Animal Care education in specialist facilities providing housing for exotic mammals, birds, amphibians and reptiles, as well as domestic small animals.
During this introductory Animal Care course, you will undertake theory-based lessons, along with some practical activities related to the correct care and husbandry of a large range of animals.
During the course you will study Animal Health & Welfare, Animal Biology, Animal Behaviour and you will also learn about the most suitable accommodation and feeding for a variety of animals.
All students must complete 100 hours of work experience in an approved animal-based work placement
Assessment is through assignment-based coursework that evidences both theoretical knowledge and practical abilities.
You will need to have achieved at least 4 GCSEs at Grade 3 and above, including English and Maths. It is a requirement, however, that you retake GCSE English and Maths as part of your programme, if you do not have Grade 4. This will ensure you can progress to a Level 3 course or apprenticeship, and will improve your future employment prospects.
Retaking GCSE English and Maths as part of your programme is required if you do not have Grade 4.
Evidence of an up to date tetanus vaccination must be provided for students in order to undertake practical activities.
Due to the structure of this course, all students need to be well organised, motivated and maintain good attendance throughout.
You can progress to Level 3 vocational courses, including Animal Management.
You could consider a junior position working as a Pet Shop Assistant, Kennel & Cattery Assistant, Animal Nursing Assistant or Trainee Zoo Keeper.
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