Focussing upon the major principles and practices of animal care and welfare, from managing a pet shop or grooming dogs to caring for exotic animals, you will be able to start or build on a career in the Animal Care Industry. This course will help you develop the skills to be a more senior worker or manager, or to prepare for higher-level training.
Where can I study?
What will I learn?
You will cover topics including animal biology, husbandry and animal nutrition. You’ll also gain plenty of practical experience in your choice of skills, from wildlife surveys to animal training.
If you are aged 16-18 then this course will form part of your Study Programme. The Buckinghamshire College Group Study Programme is called GREAT Ambitions and is focused on preparing you for your future career. As well as studying your chosen course you will gain real work experience and study essential maths, English and digital skills. You will also gain valuable enterprise and business skills through regular group tutorials. Our Study Programme will equip you to achieve your great ambitions.
|Animal Feeding and Nutrition|
|Animal Behaviour and Communication|
|Biological Systems of Animals|
|Wildlife and Ecology Conservation|
|Wildlife Management and Rehabilitation|
How will I be assessed?
To earn this qualification, you must complete a range of mandatory and optional units. Learning will be through practical sessions, group discussions, research and assignments.
5 GCSEs including English, Maths and Science at grade 4 / C or above. OR Level 2 Animal Care Diploma at Merit Grade, with a Distinction in the Biology Unit. Plus independent study skills are required to work at this level.
The course is 24 months, five days a week, including one day at the weekend. Students must pass their first year to progress to the second year. 16-18 year olds may be required to take English and Maths classes as part of the course, if they do not have 9-4 / A*-C grade GCSEs.
You can progress onto University, as this course has UCAS points, or into employment.
Achieving this qualification may help you work in roles such as: Animal physiotherapist; Animal technician; Applied animal behaviourist; Animal trainer; Dog handler; Kennel manager; Pet shop manager; Zoo keeper.
Costs & funding
16-18 year olds receive fee funding (which does not cover uniform costs). Course fees are £1,370, not including uniform costs. Payment in instalments may be possible, but needs to be agreed in advance. 19-23 year olds may qualify for full or partial course fees funding (not including uniform costs), depending on eligibility criteria. Students aged 24+ may be eligible to apply for a student loan to cover the costs of the course and expenses. Students will need to purchase uniform and stationery at a cost of approximately £120. During the course there will be the opportunity to attend trips at an approximate cost of £100.
|Qualification type:||Level 3|
|Mode of study:||Full-Time Courses|
|Start date:||All year round|
Help with fees may be available depending on your personal circumstances. More information
Fees for 2018/19 are yet to be confirmed. Please contact Admissions for further information
01296 588 595