You will need GCSE Grade 4/C in Maths and English and Science. You will be expected to buy your own overalls and steel toe-capped boots for practical work. Finding a suitable placement in an animal care establishment would be an advantage but is not a course requirement.
This is a one-year full-time course which is made up of assignment work and practical observations. Units include:
• Understand and promote animal health
• Undertake work placement
• Animal behaviour
• Undertake dog grooming
• Exotic health and husbandry
• Understand animal welfare and breed development
• Farm livestock
• Animal accommodations
• Plan and monitor animal feeding
• Undertake animal handling and safe working.
Each assignment can be achieved to a Pass, Merit or Distinction.
Over the year, you will gain practical experience through full days of carrying out practical activities at the following:
• Sandwell Valley Park Farm/Forge Mill Farm
• Proteus Reptile Trust
• Horse care and riding experience
• Carr Children’s Centre
Visits to Chester Zoo, Birmingham Dogs’ Home, Crufts, Guide Dogs for the Blind, The Natural History Museum, and Dudley Zoo.
All activities are funded by the college and transport is provided to all experiences, apart from Sandwell Valley Park Farm and Forge Mill Farm, which you will be expected to make your own way to and from.
Assessment is by assignment work and practical observations.
You can progress into higher education or go into employment in the animal care industry.