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This course is intended for anyone who would like to develop a career working with animals. Highly qualified and experienced veterinary, technical and teaching staff support students to acheive this qualification.
It is based around our Animal Recue Centre which has full veterinarian facilities and will allow you to learn what is needed to work with animals. The rescue centre looks after wildlife, exotic species and cats all of which need care to be released or rehomed. Your studies will not only benefit you but the animals within the centre and beyond.
The Animal Rescue Centre is run in collaboration with the RSPCA, who bring wildlife and other cases for us to care for. We have links with a range of Animal Care employers with whom we are able to arrange placements. 300 hours placement experience is included in this qualification. This can take place in a wide range of environments e.g. dog groomer, zoo, pet shop, kennels, stables, farms.
You will have the opportunity to take part in a variety of trips to zoos and other animal care settings. There are also opportunities to take part in activities such as reed bed planting and wildlife population sampling. We also have visiting speakers who talk to the learners about careers e.g. Police dog handlers, RPSCA inspectors.
You will develop your numeracy, communication and team working skills.
This course usually takes place over 3 days per week for two years. You complete the 90-credit Diploma in the first year and the Extended Diploma in the second year. The two-year course is equivalent to 3 A-Levels and is worth up to 168 UCAS points (Triple Distinction*) or 144 UCAS points (Triple Distinction). UCAS have recently changed the UCAS Tariff from September 2017 so they could include more qualifications. The new Tariff points are lower than the original Tariff points but the value remains the same, as universities will just use lower Tariff numbers in their entry requirements than in previous years.
All of our learners will be given support with their English and Maths skills where relevant to their main programme. Those students who have not yet achieved a ‘C’ grade at GCSE in these subjects will continue to work towards these important qualifications at a level suited to them.
Mandatory units are:
- Understand and Promote Animal Health
- Understand the Principles of Animal Biology
- Understand Animal Anatomy and Physiology
- Undertake Animal Handling and Safe Working
- Plan and Monitor Animal Feeding
- Manage Animal Accommodation
- Undertake an Investigative Project in the Land-based Sector
- Undertake and Review Work Related Experience in the Land-based Industries
There are also a range of other units which may vary from year to year, but are likely to include e.g. Understand the Principles of Animal Nutrition, Understand Animal Welfare and Breed Development, and Understand and Undertake Wildlife Management and Rehabilitation. There are a total of 20 units over the two-year programme.
The majority of assessment is achieved through assignments (including essays, practical reports, posters and oral presentations). Class tests may also occasionally be used. Learners should expect 3-5 assignments per unit. A significant part of the assessment is achieved through logging specific practical activities in the Animal Rescue Centre.
This course will be part of a wider study programme, which may also include english & maths, work placement and additional studies.
How will I be assessed?
This course is equivalent to 3 A-Levels, allowing learners to progress onto University courses such as Veterinary Nursing, Wildlife Conservation, Zoology or Animal Science.
Learners may also progress into apprenticeships in Animal Management, or into careers such as Assistant Zookeeper or Animal Technician.
You should have at least five GCSEs including English, Maths and Science; or a Level 2 Animal Care Diploma at Merit or Distinction with improved GCSE’s whilst you were studying the Level 2.
Please note: If you are an adult student you may be entitled to financial support to cover the cost of your course, dependent on your circumstances. Please contact Student Services on email@example.com for details. More about Student Finance.