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Animal Care Diploma Level 2 at West Suffolk College

Course description

This course is aimed at young people wanting to pursue a career caring for animals. We are able to offer our Animal Care courses in collaboration with Newmarket Academy. There will be practical lessons allowing you develop the necessary skills to care for and manage the health and well-being of a wide range of animals safely and with confidence, including domestic and exotic mammals, reptiles, amphibians, invertebrates, tropical fish and livestock.

The course will also include trips to businesses associated with the animal industry, as well as input from visiting speakers and current employers.

Course content

This course is aimed at young people wanting to pursue a career caring for animals. We are able to offer our Animal Care courses in collaboration with Newmarket Academy. There will be practical lessons allowing you develop the necessary skills to care for and manage the health and well-being of a wide range of animals safely and with confidence, including domestic and exotic mammals, reptiles, amphibians, invertebrates, tropical fish and livestock.

The course will also include trips to businesses associated with the animal industry, as well as input from visiting speakers and current employers.

 

Topics studied will include:

 

• Animal Health and Welfare

• Practical Animal Feeding

• Animal Accommodation

• Animal Biology

• Animal Behaviour and Handling

• Work Related Experience

• Wildlife Species, Habitats and Rehabilitation

Entry requirements

At least four GCSE's at Grade D (3) or above, or above (including science). However, this course offers flexibility on the outcome of a personal interview and selection process with the curriculum staff. This course is only available for students aged 16-18 years old.

Assessment

Animal Care Diploma Level 2

Students will attend Newmarket Academy for 3 days a week.  Students will also be requierd to attend at West Suffolk College (Main Site) in Bury St. Edmunds one day per week for directed study and mathematics and/or English (where applicable).

This course is one year in duration. All students must complete 150 hours of work related experience which will include ‘duties’, supporting with the care and management of the Academy’s Animal Collection as well as attending external work experience placements.

Students are assessed through a variety of methods, including practical assessments, such as animal handling and written assessment, such as animal biology and welfare. Study at home is essential in order to successfully meet assessment deadlines, however all students will be supported across all aspects of their learning.

Any student aged 16 to 19 who does not hold a GCSE A* to C (9 to 4 on the new grading structure) or equivalent qualifications in Maths and English by age 16 will need to continue to study these subjects in each academic year.

Financial information

Free for 16 to 18 year olds. 

 

Future opportunities

Animal Management Extended Diploma Level 3 or Animal Care and Management Apprenticeship.

Possible career opportunities:

•Dog groomer

•Pet shop assistant

•Dog handler

•Kennel / cattery assistant

•Zoo / animal keeper

•Animal / dog trainer

•Animal management technician

•Veterinary nurse training

Further information

Tunic: £25.00, Over Trousers and Steel Top Capped Boots - £60

 

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact West Suffolk College directly.

Last updated date: 12 December 2016
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