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Animal Care Introductory Diploma at Derby College

Course description

If you have a strong interest in caring for animals, this course will stand you in good stead for a rewarding career.  You will get involved in handling, feeding and watering animals, preparing and maintaining animal accommodation, and ensuring the health and welfare of animals.

Course content

You will learn about animals in the wild and society, while developing your literacy, IT and numeracy skills.

Mandatory modules and units will be discussed with you at your interview.

Entry requirements

You should have a strong interest in caring for animals and have basic literacy and numeracy skills, with at least a grade F in GCSE English, and the capability to organise the written information for your portfolio.


You will be required to compile a portfolio of evidence reflecting your achievements throughout the course and to take an online multiple choice test towards the end of the course.

Financial information

You will need writing materials, working clothes and steel toe-capped boots for practicals. This will be discussed at your interview.

Future opportunities

Further Study
If you do well on this course, it may be possible to progress to an Intermediate Diploma. You must have a minimum of a Merit grade to progress to the Intermediate Diploma.

This course is your first step towards any of the wide range of fascinating careers that involve working with animals.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 27 January 2016

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