Maintain animal health and welfare
Introduction to the principles and practices of animal behaviour and handling
Working in the Animal Care Industry
Animal Feeding and Accommodation
Animal Breeds and Grooming
The Principles of Animal Biology
British Wildlife Species, Habitats and Rehabilitation
Health and Safety in the Land-based Industry
This course covers practical skills and relevant background knowledge. Students are normally aged 16 or over and the following qualifications are needed:
- 2 GCSEs at Grade D (3) or equivalent, one must be English Language.
It is strongly recommended for applicants to gain some voluntary experience within the animal sector in order ensure that they are fully prepared for the expectations of the study programme and gain a realistic insight of the animal industry. A minimum of five days (which do not have to be consecutive) is advised.
Learning and assessment
A variety of assessment methods will be used these will include assignments, practical work synoptic assessments and formal examinations.
Level 2 students can progress to level 3 programmes subject to published entry requirements and satisfactory performance at level 2.
Employment in kennels, catteries, pet shop, grooming parlour, welfare societies e.g. RSPCA.
Costs that are optional for the course:
Contributions to trips and visits (approx. £50)
Students must attend a relevant placement in the animal industry, for example, veterinary practice, boarding kennel, pet retail organisation or canine grooming parlour.
The placement is usually carried out each Friday at Preston and Witton Centres, but on a block release at Liverpool.
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