If you would love to work with animals and learn more about their fascinating lives, this is the course for you. It could lead to a job within the pet industry, wildlife rehabilitation, veterinary nursing and animal welfare roles or further study.
You will gain extensive hands-on experience with four categories of animals over the two years: large animals, companions, rodents and exotic animals. You’ll work with animals on and offsite and undertake a minimum of 150 hours of work experience over the duration of the course.
Five GCSEs at grade 4 or above including English Language or a relevant Level 2 Diploma in Animal Care (with an overall Distinction/Distinction* grade). Other relevant qualifications or experience may also be accepted. Entry to the course is subject to a successful interview. You must also have evidence of recent tetanus vaccination.
On this course at HSDC South Downs, you will study:
There is also the opportunity to retake GCSE Mathematics if required.
The course offers a range of facilities including an animal unit providing access to many animals including rabbits, guinea pigs, chickens, ferrets, rats, mice, snakes, lizards, tortoises and a host of other rodents and exotic species. The course will be taught by a variety of means including lectures, visiting speakers, trips, group work and work placement opportunities.
You will be assessed by exams for a few units, as well as coursework for the remainder, which will include tasks such as presentations, discussions, role play, essays, reports, fact sheets, science experiments and practical duties.
There are no additional costs associated with the course apart from payment for some trips and visits and appropriate footwear and outdoor clothing as required.
After successfully completing this course you will able to progress to undergraduate courses, such as an HND in Animal Management or FdSc/BSc degrees at university. Alternatively, you can also choose to apply for a range of positions within the animal care industry, as well as Apprenticeships.
The animal care team has extensive links with many businesses in the local area having developed excellent relationships with many employers, whilst students have been completing work placements. The team has a wide of backgrounds including veterinary nursing and equine.
The teaching and support was absolutely brilliant, they couldn’t have done anything more or anything better, if I had any questions my lecturers would always stay behind to help me if I needed it and their emails were always open, it was second to none. This college is the best by far.Amber Searle, BTEC student
I overcame a couple of barriers by working really hard to get the top grades. My experience was really good, with the course and the lecturers, the residentials and activities, together it was all really good. I had really great teaching support, I could always go to the lecturers and speak to them if I needed to.David Stenning, Public Services student
“HSDC provided me with the opportunity for autonomous study and the choice of subjects that I wanted to study, which helped me develop relevant knowledge as well as relevant skills for the workplace.”Lucas Ratcliffe, A Level and CTEC student