This is a two-year, full-time programme that specialises in the animal sector. This course is designed for learners who wish to focus their studies on this sector, with a firm intention of progression to employment or higher education in a specialist degree. It also gives learners the opportunity to develop a range of transferable and personal skills and attributes that are essential for successful performance in the working world or higher education after completion of the course. You will experience a range of theoretical and practical activities including classroom-based learning, surveying wildlife populations in a local park, train and qualify in pet first aid with the PDSA, conducting biological experiments, specialise in aquatic and exotic animal care, conduct an investigate project and be involved with a comprehensive work experience programme of your preference within the animal industry.
Throughout the two-year course, you will study a range of topics including:
● Animal Biology
● Animal Breeding and Genetics
● Animal Welfare and Ethics
● Work Experience
● Investigative Project
● Exotic and Aquatic Care
● Animal Nursing
● Animal Behaviour
● Wildlife Ecology and Conservation Management
You will be taught by a number of tutors with real life experience in the animal and environmental sector and a Progress Tutor who will work with you to look after your academic study and pastoral needs.
Learners are given the opportunity to attend a number of field trips throughout the course such as Chester and Blackpool Zoo, Blue Planet Aquarium, visit farms and an end of the year reward trip. These trips are to help build on our learners’ knowledge which they can apply to their course work, but it is also for a fun day out.
You will have the opportunity to get hands on with the animals in our very own animal centre. These practical sessions coincide with your theoretical learning. Throughout the course, you will learn the psychology of how animals behaviour, therefore you will carry out behavioural observations, take samples from our animals to look at their bacteria in petri dishes to check the health of the animals, how to practice excellent husbandry for all of the animals and care for specialised animals such as exotic and aquatics.
You will be actively involved with the comprehensive work experience programme where you must complete 300 hours across the two years at a range of organisations within the animal sector. It could be at a dog groomer, doggy day care centres, veterinary practices, charity organisations, animal sanctuaries and many more.
Learners are required to have 4 GCSEs grade 4 or above including Maths or English plus grade 3 or above in Science
or Level 2 Animal Studies. We do strongly encourage candidates to aim for a grade 4 in Science. You will be asked to attend an interview with course tutors. Tutors expect their candidates to be enthusiastic about animals and be prepared to embark on a journey to learn all about them in preparation for employment or higher education.
You will be assessed through a variety of assessment methods. You will undergo an exam for each of these modules: Animal Biology, Animal Breeding and Genetics and Animal Welfare and Ethics. You will also be assessed by completing practical tasks, presentations and written assignments. This is a graded course where you can achieve a triple Pass, Merit, Distinction or Distinction*.
On successful completion of the course, learners can pursue higher education studying specialist degrees such as Zoology, Marine Biology, Conservation and Animal Behaviour.
For learners who do not wish to go to University can go into employment, self-employment or apply for internships within the animal sector.