You will learn to work with a variety of taxa in our animal centre. We have a range of units that are taught but some of our core units include:
Alongside these core units you will also complete more specific subjects for example; animal training and exotic animal health and husbandry
You will study one of the following pathways:
This two year course allows you to study all the units we have on offer here at the college, it will also allow you to progress onto a university pathway in the future.
This course allows you to study 13 units of the main Level 3 course (equivalent to 2 A-Levels) plus undertake an A-level alongside the course. Students can progress onto this course from our Level 2 if all internal progression criteria are achieved.
Units will be taught on different days of the week depending on the College timetable. You will be timetabled for one day a week of work experience. You are expected to use free time to do research and assignments.
Students spend their time accessing practical skills in our animal centre, farm and wildlife areas. We also go on trips to specific sites for learning experiences such as larger farms and ecological sites.
Student will also attend interactive lessons and talks to gain theoretical knowledge.
Students across both pathways will attend unit specific trips, these are sually based around our zoo, aquatics, wildlife and farm units.
Recently the zoo students have attended a trip to Crocodiles of the World to learn from an ex-student who has secured a job there.
The College provides materials for the course but students must supply their own outdoor clothing (including steel toe-capped boots). We work in all conditions. Additional PPE will be required for when working with animals, and information regarding this will be supplied in September.
At least 5 GCSEs at grade 4 or above including 3 from the core subjects.
Students have regular speakers and trips to provide additonal experience to their studies. These are based around each units specifications, most recently the farm students attended a talk from compassion in world farming. Students have also had the opportunity to complete a first aid course and recieve a certificate in animal first aid,
All students completing this course have to undertake 150 hours of work experience in their first year. Students obtain this work experience through individual placements (assistance in arranging these placements is given) and also through the completion of trips and talks.