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Animal Management Advanced Technical Extended Diploma Level 3 Year 1 at West Suffolk College

Course description

This course is aimed at young people wanting to pursue a career with a focus on animal health and husbandry and managing animal collections and establishments. We are able to offer our Animal Management courses in collaboration with the Newmarket Academy. There will be practical lessons allowing you to 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 with a focus on animal health and husbandry and managing animal collections and establishments. We are able to offer our Animal Management courses in collaboration with the Newmarket Academy. There will be practical lessons allowing you to 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:

• Principles of Health and Safety

• Undertake and Review Work Related Experience in the Land-based Industries

• Animal Health and Husbandry

• Animal Nursing

• Animal Feeding and Nutrition

• Animal Behaviour and Communication

• Animal Training

• Biological Systems of Animals

• Animal Welfare and Breeding

• Wildlife and Ecology Conservation

• Pet Store Design and Management

• Pet Allied Services

• Kennel and Cattery Management

• Undertake Estate Skills

• Business Management in the Land-based Sector

• Undertake a Specialist Project in the Land-based Sector

• Exotic Animal Health and Husbandry

• Zoological Collections

Entry requirements

Entry is by interview. Candidates will need either a minimum of five GCSE's at Grade C (4) or above (including Mathematics, English and Science , a BTEC / City & Guilds Level 2 at Merit or above or an equivalent qualification. Applicants should hold a keen interest in animal care and welfare and must be motivated and be able to manage their own time effectively. This course is only available for students aged 16-18 years old.

Assessment

Level 3 Advanced Technical Extended Diploma in Animal Management

Students will attend Newmarket Academy for three days a week. Students will also 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 two years in duration. All students have to complete 150 hours of work related experience which will include ‘duties’, including weekends, 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 40 per cent of external assessment (online exam based assessment), synoptic assignments and practical and written/verbal assessment.  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

Foundation Degree or BSc(Hons) in:

•Animal Science

•Animal Welfare

•Natural Sciences

•Zoology

•Biology

•Veterinary Nursing

•Veterinary Science

 

Or

Animal Care Advanced Apprenticeship

We are able to offer second year students a guaranteed degree interview with Kingston University, London. Successful achievement of this Diploma carries 120 - 420 UCAS tariff points (equivalent to 3 A levels grade A*-E).

Possible career opportunities:

• Dog groomer

• Pet shop manager

• Dog handler

• Zoologist

• Animal nutritionist

• Kennel / cattery manager

• Zoo / animal education manager

• Animal / dog trainer

• Herpetologist

• Wildlife conservationist

• Ornithologist

• Animal management technician

• Veterinary surgeon / 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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