This course is ideal if you're just starting out and want to gain the basic knowledge and skills you need to move on to further study or get an entry-level job working in agriculture, horticulture or animal care.
What will I learn?
Learn the basics of animal husbandry working with wildlife within a busy wildlife Hospital, along with health and safety, maintaining animal health and welfare and handling skills.
- Assist with feeding and watering animals
- Assist with the preparation and maintenance of animal accomodation
- Assist with the movement and handling of animals
- Assist with the exercise of animals
How will I be assessed?
On this course you will be assessed with multiple-choice tests, practical assessments and written assignments, which will make up a portfolio of evidence to showcase the skills you've learned. Students may need to complete set assignments at home to improve their overall background knowledge.
Students should have a minimum of GCSE Maths and English at grades 1-2 (E-G). All students need to be enthusiastic, complete a successful interview, plus attend every day of a hands-on trial week.
Progression & Career Opportunities
You can progress onto the Level 2 in Animal Care qualification, , subject to meeting the minimum entry requirements, and having demonstrated a commitment to learning. Achieving this qualification can help you work in roles such as: Farm worker with livestock; Animal centre/shelter worker; Kennel or cattery worker; pet shop assistant.
This course runs three days a week two week days, plus one day at the weekend, for 11 months. 16-18 year olds requiring English or Maths classes will additionally attend lessons at the Buckinghamshire College Group.