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Start Date: Duration: Level: Study mode: Course Location: Course Type:
September 1 Year Level 1 Full-Time Bede Campus Full-time Vocational Apply

What’s it all about?

This course is for anyone who would like an introduction to the animal care industry.

No formal entry requirements.

Assessment of suitability is likely to be based upon interview.

Study level Cost Additional fees
19+ please enquire You may be required to pay for trips and visits. You will be required to purchase uniform and/or Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) when studying this course. Information will be provided at enrolment. You will also be required to purchase your own stationery.

You will be taught using a range of techniques, including:

- External exams
- Portfolio
- Practical assessments
- Written assessments
- Scenarios
- Verbal questioning

English and Maths are important life skills that will help you to achieve your best in your studies and progress to your dream career.

If you do not have Maths or English at grade 4, you will complete these alongside your main qualification and these subjects will be built into your timetable.

Learners must complete 60 hours of work experience, ideally at an external work placement. For those unable to get an external work placement, we can facilitate an internal work placement or link with those in industry to help you gain those important skills.

We have industry links with a variety of local employers within the animal, environmental and land-based industries. You will engage with these employers through external visits, work placement opportunities and guest lectures.

This course is a full-time course based at Bede campus. There will be transport provided to Kirkley Hall campus in Ponteland for some practical sessions.

This course will take place over 4 days throughout the week (Monday-Friday) between 9am-4pm. Timetables will be issued at the start of term.

Days and times of study are subject to change.

The aim of the course is to develop skills and knowledge in the land-based sector, including animal care, farming, livestock and equine management. Throughout this course, you will work hands on with a range of domestic and exotic animals in different environments.

Modules will change each year. Mandatory units are health and safety, and work experience.

You will also study a variety of optional modules, including:

- Assisting with maintaining the health and wellbeing of animals
- Assisting with the movement, handling and accommodation of animals
- Introduction to wildlife and conservation
- Assisting with feeding and watering of animals
- Assisting with the preparation and maintenance of animal accommodation
- Assisting with the exercise of animals

City and Guilds

What’s next?

Learners can progress onto the next level of study in areas such as agriculture, animal care, equine care, floristry, arboriculture or horticulture qualifications.

Alternatively, you can look to progress into employment within the industry.

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