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September 2 years Level 3 Full-Time Kirkley Hall Campus T Levels Apply Enquire

What’s it all about?

This T Level is an exciting new two-year animal management programme, developed in collaboration with employers, and is the equivalent of three A-Levels.

The course will prepare students for entry into skilled employment, an apprenticeship, or related technical study. This qualification is for 16–18 year-old learners, who wish to work within the animal management or animal behaviour sectors.
You will learn the core knowledge and skills needed for entry to a range of animal management occupations. You will be based at our Kirkley Hall Campus and you will cover topics such as health and safety, business, animal behaviour and sustainability

You will need 5 GCSE's at grade 4-9 including Maths, English and Science.

Study level Cost
19+ please enquire

The course is made up of two components, both of which need to be successfully achieved to attain the technical qualification.

There is an Animal Management core component, which is graded A*-E. You will also take the Animal Management and Behaviour occupational specialism component, which is graded Pass, Merit and Distinction.

Assessment is undertaken via a range of methods, including assignments, employer and external-based projects and exams.

The employer-set project ensures students have the opportunity to combine the core knowledge and skills to develop a substantial piece of work in response to an employer set brief.

At the heart of the T Level is the valuable industry experience that will give you the edge over a purely academic pathway when entering the world of work.

You’ll benefit from the opportunity to understand the world of work and start networking with potential future employers. Through the industry placement, you can put your studies into context and practice developing skills in a real work environment.

Gain the experience of being in a workplace setting across at least 45 days to see see if this is the career you want to pursue. You'll also be able to include your experiences on your CV and to talk about the skills you developed duing an interview.

There is also the potential to secure a job or an apprenticeship with the employer after you have completed your T Level.

Attend your industry placement as a day release, block release or a mixture of both - this could also be split across up to two employers.

Start your career in the animal management sector with a T Level programme.

Do you want a practical approach to learning with real on-the-job experience? This could be your next level qualification.

Designed alongside employers, T Levels are a two-year programme that follow GCSEs and could give you a head start towards the career you want. It’s a smart choice to start your career that keeps your future options open. These qualifications ensure you’ll have the skills and knowledge businesses want and will prepare you for work, apprenticeships or Higher Education.

As part of this course, you will study a range of modules, including:

Year 1 (core content) -
- Health and safety principles
- Sustainability
- Biosecurity
- Supply chain
- Anatomy and physiology
- Animal health
- Learning theories

Year 2 (specialist content) -
- Animal biology
- Anatomy and physiology
- Classification
- Health and diseases
- Preventative health care and treatment administration
- Nutrition and feeding
- Animal behaviour and communication
- Animal training
- Accommodation design
- Maintenance and enrichment
- Animal welfare
- Handling and restraint
- Ethics
- Conservation
- Customer service

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The agriculture, environment and animal care programmes have been built with employers and trade associations to make sure you get the skills needed for your next steps.

What’s next?

This technical qualification focuses on the development of knowledge and skills needed for working in the animal management and animal behaviour sectors, which will prepare learners to enter the industry through employment or as an apprentice.

Furthermore, the completion of this qualification gives the learner the opportunity to progress onto Higher Education courses and training.

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