School Leaver

Start Date: Duration: Level: Study mode: Course location: Course Type:
September 1 Year Level 1 Full-Time Kirkley Hall Campus Full-time Vocational Apply Enquire

What’s it all about?

This course is for anyone who would like an introduction to the animal care industry. It is suitable for school leavers, or adults looking for either progression or a change in career.

No formal entry criteria.

Assessment of suitability is likely to be based upon interview.

Study level Cost Additional fees
19+ please enquire You may be required to pay for trips and visits. You will be required to purchase uniform and/or Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) when studying this course. Information will be provided at enrolment. You will also be required to purchase your own stationery.

You will be taught using a range of techniques, including:

- External exams
- Portfolio
- Practical assessments
- Written assessments
- Scenarios

English and Math's are important life skills that will help you to achieve your best in your studies and progress to your dream career.

If you do not have Math's or English at grade 4, you will complete these alongside your main qualification and these subjects will be built into your timetable.

Learners must complete 60 hours of work experience, ideally at an external work placement. For those unable to get an external work placement, we can facilitate an internal work placement or link with those in industry to help you gain those important skills.

You will benefit from our links within the industry, which include Urban Green and Jesmond Dene House.

This course is a full-time course based at Kirkley Hall Campus.

This course will take place over 4 days throughout the week (Monday-Friday) between 9am-4pm. Timetables will be issued at the start of term.

Days and times of study are subject to change.

The aim of the course is to develop skills and knowledge in the land-based sector, including animal care, farming, livestock and equine management.

Modules will change each year. Mandatory units are health and safety and work experience.

You will also study a variety of optional modules, including:

- Assist with maintaining the health and wellbeing of animals
- Assist with the movement, handling and accommodation of animals
- Introduction to wildlife and conservation
- Assist with feeding and watering of animals
- Assist with the preparation and maintenance of animal accommodation
- Assist with the exercise of animals
- Maintain the health of horses

What’s next?

Learners can progress onto the following

– Level 2 Technical Certificate in Agriculture
– Level 2 Technical Certificate in Animal Care
– Level 2 Technical Certificate in Equine Care
– Level 2 Technical Certificate in Floristry
– Level 2 Technical Certificate in Forestry and Arboriculture
– Level 2 Technical Certificate in Horticulture

Alternatively, you can look to progress into employment within the industry.

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