The course incorporates all 12 units from the two-year Level 3 Advanced Technical Diploma (720) (listed separately), with students on the 1080 Diploma studying an extra 3 units each year. Additional units include wildlife management and rehabilitation,
pet store management,animal anatomy and physiology (the structure and function ofbiological systems, animal reproduction, neural and hormonal mechanisms) and animal nutrition (feeding, metabolism, digestion and common nutritional disorders).
At the Preston centre there will be the opportunity to choose a specific pathway to study. Those students with an interest in domestic species can focus on dogs and cats, with the opportunity to study kennel and cattery management, animal
training and dog grooming. Those with an interest in more unusual species can study on the route that mainly focuses on exotic animal health and husbandry, zoo animal health and husbandry and wildlife and rehabilitation. A ‘science’ option is
also available, focusing on microbiology, science fundamentals and animal inheritance and genetics.
Students on the City and Guilds Advanced Technical Diploma (1080) also undertake a work experience placement. It is imperative that they find a suitable work placement before they start the course. Popular options include veterinary practices, boarding
kennels, pet shops orgrooming parlours. Further information about placements will be provided following your application.
In addition to obtaining the City and Guilds Advanced Technical Diploma (1080) qualification, students also undertake the ABC Level 2 Certificate in Practical Animal Care Skills.