Students learn about a wide range of popular species and gain an overview of the animal care industry. Subjects include animal behaviour and handling, animal welfare and animal health/ first aid, animal accommodation, animal biology (nutrition, growth
and reproduction) and practical animal feeding.
Students based at the Preston and Liverpool centres will also study the more exotic species such as African pygmy hedgehogs, Acacia rats, Chelonia and other reptile species. Those studying at the Blackburn Centre will additionally learn how to contribute
to the nursing of animals. A work experience module takes place one day per week. This supplements the practical skills that students learn at the College. It is important that students find a suitable work placement before they start the course. Further information
about placements will be provided following your application.
In addition to obtaining the main Level 2 Technical Certificate qualification, students also undertake a range of enrichment activities as well as the ASDAN Level 2 Certificate of Personal Effectiveness. This popular course introduces new activities that
develop skills in a wide range of areas, including communication, citizenship, environmental awareness and healthy living.
Students are normally aged 16 or over and have some level of achievement in GCSE or relevant Further Education qualifications and have gained a minimum of grade 3 (D) in two or more subjects, including English Language. In addition, some learning areas
may apply specific agreed aptitude assessments.