This course, which is equivalent to A-Levels, will give you the tools to turn your interest in working with animals into a fulfilling career. The course is based at our Lackham campus which boasts a new industry-leading Animal Resource Centre – an inspiring learning environment with modern, zoo-standard vivaria, aviaries and enclosures. Learning in this environment you'll build specialist technical and practical skills, as well developing a detailed understanding of the animal industry. You’ll combine academic study with practical duties in the Animal Resource Centre, increasing your confidence and skill in animal handling and providing valuable experience when it comes to seeking employment. The Animal Resource Centre is LAIA and DWA compliant.
What will I learn?
You'll study a combination of core and optional units across the two-year course, giving you a solid grounding in key aspects of the animal industry, and allowing you to discover and follow your passions. You will deepen your knowledge of:
• Animal behaviour
• Feeding and nutrition
• Ecology and conservation
• Biological systems of animals
Modules such as breeding, husbandry, business management and retail will equip you with the industry knowledge to progress further in your career.
Study, Assessment and Qualifications
You will be assessed through a combination of written, practical and industry-based assessments.
An industry placement is a fundamental part of the course and gives you the opportunity to gain valuable skills and experience for the future. You will be supported throughout your placement by our dedicated Work Placement Team.
• 4 GCSEs at grade 9-4 (A*-C) including English, maths and science (or equivalent).
• A positive and responsible attitude towards working with animals.
• An interview, if required.
Additional Costs and Information
You will need to supply your own personal protective equipment and practical clothing. This clothing must be worn during all practical sessions and is available to purchase from the online College shop.
Enrichment activities such as trips and visits to shows and other animal related events are an important aspect of the programme. You will be expected to contribute to the cost of these activities via the College shop.
What Could I Do Next?
Having successfully completed this course you could progress on to further study such as the HNC or HND Animal Behavior and Welfare, or HNC or HND Animal Veterinary Practice Management.