You will learn a variety of subjects relating to Animal Care. The subjects covered include: animal biology, accommodation and feeding, behaviour and handling, breeds and grooming, health and welfare.
The course is taught by experienced tutors who have relevant industrial experience, including work with the RSPCA, veterinary nursing and environmental conservation.
Throughout the year, there will be several key dates when exotic and large animal handling will take place. You will be expected to attend all of these sessions. The large animal handling sessions take place at a farm, approximately 5 miles from Sheffield city centre. Your tutors will also arrange sessions when you will be able to bring your own pets into college in order to practice handling techniques, health checks, bandaging techniques and bathing and grooming. This is a compulsory part of the programme.
The course is taught through theory and practical sessions and you will be required to complete 3 weeks of work experience throughout the year. This is arranged as a 3 week block during the year. Whilst you are on work placement you will be required to attend the placement Monday to Friday for the hours the placements state. Some placements (e.g. farms) may want you to start at 08.00am. Work experience is NOT an option. It is a compulsory part of the course as laid down by the awarding body. If you do not complete your placements you will not be able to achieve the qualification.
Students are expected to study Functional Skills in English, Maths and ICT where necessary.
Key units include:
- Animal Behaviour and Handling
- Animal Health
- Work Experience
- Animal Biology
- Animal Feeding
- Animal Accommodation
- Animal Breeds and Grooming
4 GCSE Grade A*-D to include English and Maths.
All units are assessed and graded (Pass, Merit and Distinction) and an overall grade for the qualification is awarded. The units are assessed by a programme of assignments and practical work. There are no traditional exams, but this does mean that students need to have good time management skills and be able to work to targets and deadlines.
Students who achieve good grades could also go onto study the BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Animal Management.
Students who achieve the EDEXCEL BTEC Level 1 Diploma in Land-Based Studies should be able to progress onto the EDEXCEL BTEC Level 2 Diploma in Animal Care.
A BTEC Level 2 Diploma in Animal Care can help you to develop the skills you need to progress into careers working in animal sanctuaries, kennels & catteries, animal charities, zoos, animal collections, stud farms and many other areas of the animal care industry.
Will this course suit me?
An ideal student for this course is one who is motivated with a desire to learn and who has a keen ambition to work with animals.