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 180 credits 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 120 credits of the main level 3 course plus undertake a work experience placement to boost your work skills. This option limits the chances of progression onto university but does boost your chances of working in the industry straight after college. Acceptance onto this course is subject to an interview with the course leader and aquisition of a work placement. Students who get a merit (2.0) at level 2 can progress onto this course.
Units will be taught on different days of the week depending on the College timetable. 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. A lab coat must be purchased through College which will cost approx £16.
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 300 hours of work experience over the 2 years. Students obtain this work experience through individual placements (assistance in arranging these placements is given) and also through the completion of trips and talks.