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  • Is this course for you?

    If you have an interest in animals, plants and nature then this is the course for you. You will attend college for 3 days a week, and will be working with the animals on the Animal Zone, farm animals, horses, growing vegetables and plants. You will also have the opportunity to develop your life skills such as cooking, communication, working in groups and independently and improving confidence.

    The course will be based around vocational assessments, many of which are practical. You need to be happy working outdoors, in all weathers and happy to have a go at all types of activities and tasks within the land based area.

    The course also includes maths and English which you will continue to study at your own level.

  • Required qualifications

    This is a supported learning course for which there are no specific entry requirements and leads to an Entry level 3 course.

    You will need to have a passion for working with animals and outdoors. You will be in small groups and receive support as you learn both within the classroom and on practical’s.

  • What skills will I develop?

    You will learn to feed, water, maintain the accommodation of, handle and health check a wide variety of animals from small animals like rabbits to some of the bigger ones like horses and calves.

    You will undertake grooming on dogs, horses and rabbits and improve your knowledge on breeds and parts of the animals.

    You will grow vegetables and take cuttings and learn about different plants and how they grow.

    You will develop better team working skills, producing enrichment for the animals and learning how to work safely.

    You will get a better understanding of how to have a healthy lifestyle and will take part in some volunteering work and participate in a selection of trips and visits.

  • Careers

    Most of our students will progress to a Level 1 course often in a more specific vocational area for example animal care, equine , agriculture or horticulture.

    Students can gain part-time or voluntary jobs in kennels, catteries, wildlife centres, riding stables and aquatics.

  • Work experience

    During your course you will be required to complete 30 hours of work experience over the year in an animal based placement. This will increase your confidence, knowledge and practical skills and can help with better prospects for future employment.

    This should be completed on a day that you would not normally be in college. There is the possibility of completing this at the college Animal Zone but where possible it is preferable for students to find their own placement in places such as kennels, catteries, welfare centres, riding stables, pet shops or farms.

  • English and maths

    Maths and English will be studied at either functional skills or GCSE depending on your starting point. You will be assessed and assigned to the appropriate level at the start of the year.

    GCSE is 3 hours per week for both maths and English.

    Functional skills is 1.5 hours for both maths and English per week.

    You will need to achieve maths and English in order to be able to progress. During the course you will develop vocational skills such as weighing, measuring, following instructions, writing and communications.

  • Other important information

    You will need the following equipment:

    • Overalls (this must be a full overall so that arms are covered)
    • Steel toe capped boots or wellies
    • Waterproofs
    • Medium sized padlock for your locker (2 keys)
    • Stationary items such as pens, paper, glue stick, stapler and coloured pens

    Students should be aware that on the Animal Zone when carrying out practical tasks the following are not allowed:

    • Jewellery
    • Piercings (these have to be removed)
    • Nail varnish/false nails
    • Long hair must be tied back

    A variety of trips and visits take place, many are free of charge and costs are kept to a minimum however these will cost around £40 for the year)

  • Is this course for you?

    If you have an interest in animals, plants and nature then this is the course for you. You will attend college for 3 days a week, and will be working with the animals on the Animal Zone, farm animals, horses, growing vegetables and plants. You will also have the opportunity to develop your life skills such as cooking, communication, working in groups and independently and improving confidence.

    The course will be based around vocational assessments, many of which are practical. You need to be happy working outdoors, in all weathers and happy to have a go at all types of activities and tasks within the land based area.

    The course also includes maths and English which you will continue to study at your own level.

  • Required qualifications

    This is a supported learning course for which there are no specific entry requirements and leads to an Entry level 3 course.

    You will need to have a passion for working with animals and outdoors. You will be in small groups and receive support as you learn both within the classroom and on practical’s.

  • What skills will I develop?

    You will learn to feed, water, maintain the accommodation of, handle and health check a wide variety of animals from small animals like rabbits to some of the bigger ones like horses and calves.

    You will undertake grooming on dogs, horses and rabbits and improve your knowledge on breeds and parts of the animals.

    You will grow vegetables and take cuttings and learn about different plants and how they grow.

    You will develop better team working skills, producing enrichment for the animals and learning how to work safely.

    You will get a better understanding of how to have a healthy lifestyle and will take part in some volunteering work and participate in a selection of trips and visits.

  • Careers

    Most of our students will progress to a Level 1 course often in a more specific vocational area for example animal care, equine , agriculture or horticulture.

    Students can gain part-time or voluntary jobs in kennels, catteries, wildlife centres, riding stables and aquatics.

  • Work experience

    During your course you will be required to complete 30 hours of work experience over the year in an animal based placement. This will increase your confidence, knowledge and practical skills and can help with better prospects for future employment.

    This should be completed on a day that you would not normally be in college. There is the possibility of completing this at the college Animal Zone but where possible it is preferable for students to find their own placement in places such as kennels, catteries, welfare centres, riding stables, pet shops or farms.

  • English and maths

    Maths and English will be studied at either functional skills or GCSE depending on your starting point. You will be assessed and assigned to the appropriate level at the start of the year.

    GCSE is 3 hours per week for both maths and English.

    Functional skills is 1.5 hours for both maths and English per week.

    You will need to achieve maths and English in order to be able to progress. During the course you will develop vocational skills such as weighing, measuring, following instructions, writing and communications.

  • Other important information

    You will need the following equipment:

    • Overalls (this must be a full overall so that arms are covered)
    • Steel toe capped boots or wellies
    • Waterproofs
    • Medium sized padlock for your locker (2 keys)
    • Stationary items such as pens, paper, glue stick, stapler and coloured pens

    Students should be aware that on the Animal Zone when carrying out practical tasks the following are not allowed:

    • Jewellery
    • Piercings (these have to be removed)
    • Nail varnish/false nails
    • Long hair must be tied back

    A variety of trips and visits take place, many are free of charge and costs are kept to a minimum however these will cost around £40 for the year)

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