On this course you will develop skills including all aspects of animal care (exotic and non-exotic species,) starting your own business and skills required with accreditation from City and Guilds for practical competencies, animal health, kennel management, welfare, health and safety, feeding and accommodation. You'll hear from guest speakers from across the industry and specialist areas such as exotics specialists and veterinary professionals who will share their wealth of experience and knowledge with you. Previously we have had people such as Rod Downie (Chief WWF Polar Advisor) who discussed career opportunities in the arctic and conservation of arctic species speak.
Whilst on the course you'll go out into real work environments including animal sanctuaries, pet shops, grooming parlours, animal charities and veterinary practices where you will gain invaluable experience. Previous activities have included: residentials on a working farm in Yorkshire, days working as a zookeeper at Lincolnshire Wildlife Park, Crufts, Yorkshire Wildlife Park, The Deep, Lincolnshire Show and Flamingo Land. Learners also get involved in our commercial activities and assist with Dog Grooming and in the Day Kennels, the onsite BlueCross Cattery.
When you do a vocational qualification you will learn in a workshop, salon or studio as appropriate for your subject and you will usually be assessed through practical assessments, projects, assignments and oral and written questions. There may be exams in some subjects and your tutor will prepare you for these.
Entry requirements for our courses depend on the specific requirements of each Programme of Study and an individual’s previous experience, which will all be discussed during the interview process.
The following is a guide as to what you might be expected to achieve to gain entry on to a particular level of a course.
Minimum of 4 GCSEs grade 3 (previously D) or above including Maths and English language OR Minimum of 4 GCSEs grade 3 or above including Maths and English language and relevant subject qualification OR Minimum of Level 1 course in chosen subject at merit or above and English language and Maths at Level 1.
Successful students may progress onto the next level in their chosen subject, into employment or an apprenticeship, or, after a level 3 qualification, to Higher Education at the University Centre Grimsby or other other University.
Successful students may progress onto the next level in their chosen subject, employment or an apprenticeship, or after a level 3 qualification, to Higher Education at the University Centre Grimsby or other Universities. Courses in Animal Care in Higher Education can include: Animal Management, Animal Behaviour, Conservation and Ecology or Zoo Management.