Entry Level 3, Full Time

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This course is aimed at students who do not already have many or any formal qualifications. You will gain skills in handling and caring for animals as well as developing the skills needed for work with animals or further study in animal care. You will also have the opportunity to develop your horticulture skills, both in the college's greenhouses and off-site.

Course details

This course is designed to engage young people in learning which is relevant to them and provide them with opportunities to develop a range of skills and techniques. Employability skills are developed through carrying out practical activities in the animal care and horticulture context.

Entry guidelines

This is a study programme for students 16-18 years.

There are no formal entry qualifications.

Students need to be able to demonstrate that they are interested in caring for animals.

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.

Assessment Method

Students will compile a portfolio of evidence throughout the year to demonstrate the skills they have developed. Assessment will mainly be via tutor observation of practical activities and the completion of short pieces of written work.

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 in English and maths (Grade 4 or above)
  • Non-study activities such as tutorials, voluntary work, fund-raising/charity work, sport or trips

Where can I progress to?

Level 1 in Animal Management and Wildlife Ecology.

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When does this course run?

  • Starts 03rd Sep 2018 - Ends 28th Jun 2019 Ref S207K001

    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
    Tuesday 09:00 — 13:00 12 Quays
    Thursday 10:00 — 15:00 12 Quays
    Friday 10:00 — 16:00 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).