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Animal Care & Horticulture

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This course is designed to give you the skills you need to either progress in education or into employment. It will cover all aspects of animal care including grooming, animal health and habitat management.

Course details

This course has a balance of practical and theoretical studies and consists of a number of modules such as:

  • Animal care
  • Animal health
  • Work experience
  • Introduction to biology
  • Breeds and grooming
  • Industry and organisations
  • Habitat management
  • Practical handling and maintenance
Entry guidelines
  • This is a study programme for students 16-18 years.
  • 3 GCSEs at grades 3/D (Science, Maths and English) or a level 1 qualification with level 1 English and maths.
  • A 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 bring paper, pens, a folder and wear clothing suitable for working with animals (details will be given when you start the course). You will also be required to purchase or borrow a lab coat which must be worn for animal handling sessions.

Additional Information

To ensure you are enrolled on the right course of study, the first few weeks of the course will be an extended induction period. During this time your communication, numeracy and study skills, behaviour, time management and attendance will be assessed as well as your own preferred method of learning. If we believe the course does not meet your requirements, we will discuss suitable alternatives with you.
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 (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 successful completion of Level 2 Animal Management with GCSE English grade C/4 and GCSE Maths grade C/4, you may be able to progress to a BTEC Level 3 course or into employment within a veterinary practice, animal welfare and rescue centre, boarding kennel or cattery, pet store or grooming parlour.

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When does this course run?

  • Starts 03rd Sep 2018 - Ends 28th Jun 2019 Ref S102K001

    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 : £1610.00

    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 10:00 — 16:00 12 Quays
    Wednesday 09:00 — 14:00 12 Quays
    Thursday 09:00 — 15:00 12 Quays

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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