This course aims to provide students with an introduction to Animal Care which could lead to employment at a junior level or to further courses. It will also help students to develop personal and administrative skills needed in this kind of work.
This course includes a substantial amount of careers related learning designed to support progression to the suitable next step, this could include educational trips, employability skills sessions and employer encounters such as guest speakers. For 16-18 year old learners this will be delivered as a study programme which includes English and Maths where applicable.
The qualification you will gain is the City & Guilds Level 2 Technical Certificate in Animal Care which is assessed by a formal written exam, a formal synoptic practical assessment, written assignments and observation of practical competence.
To study this course, you must:
Show enthusiasm for the subject area
Demonstrate a commitment to study
Be prepared to work outdoors in all weather conditions
Have good interpersonal skills
Be able to work independently
Students must also have 3 GCSEs at grade A*/9 - D/3 OR a related Level 1 qualification PLUS grade C/4 or higher in GCSE English or Maths.
The timetable will cover 3 days per week in College; lessons are a mix of classroom-based theory lessons and practical workshop sessions where you will gain the required underpinning knowledge of domestic and wild animals and the practical husbandry skills with a variety of small animals. There will also be some home study required.
Work related experience is a mandatory part of the qualification - you must complete a minimum of 150 hours of work within a Land-based industry setting. This will take place 1 day per week in addition to the 3 timetabled days in College.
Subjects that will be covered include:
Health & Safety
Animal Health & Welfare
Animal Behaviour & Handling
Animal Feeding & Accommodation
Working in the Animal Care Industries
British Wildlife Species
The course will include educational visits to agricultural organisations such as:
Students will also be visited by a number of guest speakers who will deliver informative talks and workshops. Guest speakers in the past have come from organisations such as:
AJ Exotics and Pet Supplies
Bay Vets Ltd
Creepy Crawly Roadshow
Work related experience is an essential part of the Eden Land-based & Animal Studies curriculum allowing students to apply the knowledge they have gained in class and develop the work behaviours required for the industry.
It is a mandatory element of the course and students are required to complete a minimum number of 150 hours in a Land-based work environment.
Support is available from our Work Placement Co-ordinator but students are required to find and contact potential employers independently.
Progression opportunities at LMC include the Animal Care & Welfare Assistant Traineeship and the Animal Management Level 3 course. However, some students may choose to progress straight into employment.
There are many exciting careers within the Land-based & Animal Care industry, jobs include:
Pet Shop Assistant
You can discover all the opportunities available to you by exploring the full list of careers in this industry:
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Course code: A30088-A1A