You will learn a variety of subjects relating to Animal Welfare. The subjects covered include: Animal health and biology, anatomy and physiology, behaviour and communication, feeding, nutrition and accommodation, welfare and breed development, handling and safe working, wildlife management and rehabilitation, biochemistry and microbiology, farm livestock husbandry, inheritance and genetic manipulation, dog grooming, chemistry for biology technicians and business management.
The course is taught by experienced tutors who have relevant industrial experience, including work with the RSPCA, veterinary nursing and environmental conservation. You will learn a variety of subjects relating to Animal Welfare. The subjects covered include: animal health & biology, anatomy & physiology, behaviour & communication, feeding, nutrition & accommodation, welfare & breed development, handling & safe working, wildlife management & rehabilitation, biochemistry & microbiology, farm livestock husbandry, inheritance & genetic manipulation, dog grooming, chemistry for biology technicians and business management.
The course gives you a chance to improve and broaden your scientific knowledge. It is taught through theory and practical sessions and you will be required to complete 6 weeks of work experience throughout the two years of study. This is arranged as 2 x 3 week blocks during the first 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 8.00am. Work experience is a compulsory part of the course. If you do not complete your placements you will not be able to achieve the qualification.
Throughout the year, there will also 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 your programme.
Other visits will be arranged during the year to various places, such as zoos and animal establishments. You are expected to attend the visits. For some of the visits you will be asked to contribute towards the cost of the entrance fee and travel, which you will be able to pay in instalments throughout the year. Towards the end of the first year, there is a 4 day residential to London (to the Royal Veterinary College, Natural History Museum and Science Museum). The cost of this is approximately £250. You will be expected to go on the residential. You will be able to pay the money in instalments before the visit takes place. You will need to purchase some overalls.
You will also need a pair of steel toe-capped wellington boots. Recommended texts for the programme includes: Veterinary Anatomy & Physiology by Aspinall & Capello (cost approximately £30) and/or the BSAVA Manual of Practical Animal Care Hotston Moore & Hughes (cost approximately £50). You are advised to obtain a USB memory stick (minimum 1 GB). Those in financial hardship can apply for help from the college's Learner Support Fund.
Students are expected to study Functional Skills in English, maths and ICT where necessary.
Many areas are covered during this course.
5 GCSEs at A*-C or acceptable alternatives. Must include English Language, Maths and Science.
Practical Assessment and Coursework.
An EDEXCEL BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Animal Management should enable you to progress into careers in animal nursing, kennels & catteries, animal charities, zoos, animal collections, stud farms and many other areas of the animal care industry.
Students who achieve good grades could also go onto study in Higher Education. Sheffield City College has a progression accord with the Royal Veterinary College in London. This means that those students who achieve good grades in their course and have the appropriate GCSEs will be guaranteed an interview for Veterinary Medicine degree programmes. Sheffield City College also has progression accords with Nottingham Trent University and Moulton College, which means that you will be guaranteed an interview on some of their degree programmes (dependant on grades). Former students have gone on to study equine dentistry, equine sports science, veterinary nursing, zoology, animal science, animal behaviour, ecology and animal behaviour and welfare.
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 and interest in science.