Start Date: Duration: Level: Study mode: Course location: Course Type:
September 2 Years Level 3 Full-Time Kirkley Hall Campus Full-time Vocational

What’s it all about?

The course is for students who have achieved an average of grade 4 in their GCSEs, particularly in Science, Math's and English. You should also have a dedicated interest in the care and welfare of animals.

Over the two years the course is equivalent to two A-Levels for 16-18 year olds and is accepted by universities.

This course is available for both school leavers (aged 16-18) and adults (aged 19+) to enrol on.

The recommended entry requirements are: Level 2 Diploma in Animal Care or 4 GCSEs grade 4/5 or above to include English and/or Maths and Science.

Study level Cost Additional fees
19+ please enquire You will need to provide your own stationery and you will be given the opportunity to take part in trips and visits.

Your progress will be assessed by a range of stimulating methods including written assignments, practical assessments / observations and a written exam.

English and Maths are important life skills that will help you to achieve your best in your studies and progress to your dream career. If you have not already achieved grade 9-4 in GCSE Maths and/ or English at school, we will support you to improve your skills.

The course runs for 4 days per week over 1 year. However you will be expected to study and complete assignment work or carry out a work placement on your none college day.

You will cover a variety of exciting units, including:

- Animal Health and Husbandry
- Animal Behaviour and Communication
- Animal Welfare and Breed Development
- Animal Feeding and Nutrition
- Biological systems of Animals
- Health and Safety
- Work experience

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What’s next?

After completing the course you could study a Foundation Degree at Kirkley Hall or progress on to university to study a BSc (Hons) in Zoology/Animal Behaviour/Conservation/Animal Science/ Animal Management for example. This qualification carries 16 to 56 UCAS points (depending on the grade achieved).

Or, alternatively, you could find employment in animal management/welfare organisations or in research. For example, you could work as an Assistant Zoo Keeper, Assistant Kennel/Cattery Worker, Dog Groomer/Assistant Dog Groomer, Animal Care Technician, Animal Nutritionist or a Vet Care Assistant.

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