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Animal Care & Horticulture

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This course is designed to give students the skills and experience of working with small animals with the aim of progressing to higher level qualifications or into work.

Course details

You will be working with the our collection of small animals which includes lizards, toads, insects, rabbits and hamsters to learn practical handling, grooming, health, small animal care and feeding. Team work, work and life skills will be taught throughout the course to prepare you to take the next move onto another higher level qualification or to enter the work place. You will also have the opportunity to develop skills in horticulture, both in the on-site greenhouses and various off site locations.

Entry guidelines
  • This is a study programme for students 16- 18 years
  • 3 GCSEs at Grade 2/E or above or a relevant Entry Level qualification
  • At least Entry level 3 in maths and English
  • Satisfactory interview, assessment and school report or reference
  • If English is not your first language, you may need an assessment before enrolling on this course. To discuss further, please contact the ESOL department on 0151 551 7144.

Equipment Required

You will be required to wear a student sweatshirt which must be worn for animal handling sessions.

Additional Information


Are you aged 16-18?
Study programmes are full-time courses for 16-18 year olds which include:

  • A qualification such as BTEC Extended Diploma
  • Meaningful work experience or preparation for work
  • English and maths, if you don't already have GCSE grade A* - C (or Grade 4 or above) in English and maths
  • Non-study activities such as tutorials, voluntary work, fund-raising/charity work, sport or trips

Where can I progress to?

On successfully completing this course you may be able to progress to BTEC level 2 in Animal Care, other qualifications, an apprenticeship or enter employment.

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When does this course run?

  • Starts 04th Sep 2017 - Ends 29th Jun 2018 Ref S119J001

    If you are aged 16-18:

    This study programme will be FREE for most students who are aged 16-18 on 31 August, or students aged 19-24 with an Education, Health & Care Plan.

    If you are aged 19 or over:

    Fee : £760.00

    Depending on your personal circumstances, this course could be FREE for you. Please see our Fees and Discounts leaflet for details, or call 0151 551 7777.

    The fee quoted is for the academic year 2017-18. Course fees for 2018-19 will be confirmed in due course.

    Planned Timetable
    Day Times Campus
    Monday 09:00 — 15:00 12 Quays
    Tuesday 09:00 — 16:00 12 Quays
    Wednesday 09:00 — 13:00 12 Quays
  • Starts 04th Sep 2017 - Ends 29th Jun 2018 Ref S119J002

    If you are aged 16-18:

    This study programme will be FREE for most students who are aged 16-18 on 31 August, or students aged 19-24 with an Education, Health & Care Plan.

    If you are aged 19 or over:

    Fee : £760.00

    Depending on your personal circumstances, this course could be FREE for you. Please see our Fees and Discounts leaflet for details, or call 0151 551 7777.

    The fee quoted is for the academic year 2017-18. Course fees for 2018-19 will be confirmed in due course.

    Planned Timetable
    Day Times Campus
    Monday 09:00 — 16:00 12 Quays
    Tuesday 09:00 — 16:00 12 Quays
    Wednesday 09:00 — 13:00 12 Quays
  • Starts 03rd Sep 2018 - Ends 28th Jun 2019 Ref S119K001

    If you are aged 16-18:

    This study programme will be FREE for most students who are aged 16-18 on 31 August, or students aged 19-24 with an Education, Health & Care Plan.

    If you are aged 19 or over:

    Fee : £760.00

    Depending on your personal circumstances, this course could be FREE for you. Please see our Fees and Discounts leaflet for details, or call 0151 551 7777.

    The fee quoted is for the academic year 2017-18. Course fees for 2018-19 will be confirmed in due course.

  • Starts 03rd Sep 2018 - Ends 28th Jun 2019 Ref S119K002

    If you are aged 16-18:

    This study programme will be FREE for most students who are aged 16-18 on 31 August, or students aged 19-24 with an Education, Health & Care Plan.

    If you are aged 19 or over:

    Fee : £760.00

    Depending on your personal circumstances, this course could be FREE for you. Please see our Fees and Discounts leaflet for details, or call 0151 551 7777.

    The fee quoted is for the academic year 2017-18. Course fees for 2018-19 will be confirmed in due course.

For advice and guidance, please contact Student Services on 0151 551 7777 or call into our Conway Park Campus Monday to Friday from 10am to 4pm (all year round) and Wednesdays and Thursdays 10am-6.30pm (term time only).

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