Course Title BTEC Level 3 Extended Certificate/Foundation Diploma/Diploma and Extended Diploma in Animal Management
Level: 3
Code Y807

Overview of the Course

This course is designed for anyone who wants to work in the animal care industry. It is practical in nature with opportunities for trips, visits and work experience alongside classroom based delivery.

What are the career opportunities?

Progression opportunities include Higher Education, apprenticeships, traineeships or employment. Career opportunities include: Conservation/Environment Worker, Game and Wildlife Worker, Apprentice Farrier, Animal Technologist, Herdsperson, Dog Groomer, Animal Inspector/Dog Warden, Veterinary Nursing.

What are the entry requirements?

A minimum of five GCSEs at grade C (4) including English Language or BTEC Level 2 Diploma in a relevant subject (Merit).

How long is the course and when can I start?

During year one you will gain the subsidiary and 90 credit. Year two you will earn the diploma and extended diploma.

How is the course structured and how will I be assessed?

The units you will study will vary depending on the number of credits you are studying. First year units include: Understand and promote animal health, Understand the principles of animal biology, Undertake animal handling and safe working, Plan and monitor animal feeding, Manage animal accommodation, Undertake an investigative project in the land-based sector, Understand the principles of Animal Nursing, Understand and interpret animal behaviour and communication, Understand animal welfare and breed development, Understand the Principles and Carry Out the Practice of Exotic Animal Health and Husbandry. Second year units include: Understand animal anatomy and physiology, Undertake and review work related experience in the land-based industries, Understand the Principles of Aquatics Husbandry and Management, Understand the Principles of Wildlife Populations, Ecology and Conservation, Understand and undertake wildlife management and rehabilitation, Undertake kennel and cattery management, Undertake animal training, Understand the principles of zoological animal health and husbandry,Understand the principles of animal breeding and genetics.

What employability skills will I develop on this course?

You will be gaining the key technical skills, sector knowledge, and practical skills that employers need. Employability skills, such as team working, business skills and completing tasks have also been built into the design of the learning aims and content. English and communication skills are particularly important and you will also need good written skills when completing documentation about the animals in your care. When communicating with members of the public you will need to be able to listen and identify their needs, as well as respond to questions in an open and friendly manner. Mathematical skills are essential in Animal Care as you will need to be able to calculate feed and also identify the number of species to be allocated to specific enclosures. You will also need to calculate the size of the enclosure and identify the weight of animals and be able to convert from imperial to metric. Handling money is also a skill needed if working in the business side of Animal care and time management is essential within all aspects of caring for animals.

Work experience

Work experience is an essential element of your Study Programme and initially you will complete this at Pimhole Community Farm for up to one day per week. Once you have completed some initial training and assessment you may then be supported to gain a work experience placement within the Animal Care sector, our students have previously worked at dog groomers, kennels, aquariums and veterinary practices. Here you will have the opportunity to care for a variety of animals and so learn valuable employability skills and more importantly confirm career goals.

Study programme enrichment opportunities

Your Vocational Study Programme will support personal development to ensure you make good progress and acquire the skills required for successful progression to employment, apprenticeship or further education. You will have the opportunity to take part in fundraising events, sports and fitness activities, course related study visits and guest speakers, careers events and trips.

Are there any additional costs or requirements?

Contribution to trips and visits within the course. You may also need a tetanus jab and buy Personal Protective Equipment including overalls, safety wellingtons and gloves.

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