Fees indicated are based on the current year (August 2016 to July 2017) and are subject to change next year.
Our further education courses (Entry to Level 3) are usually free if you are 16-18 years old. Depending on your circumstances, you may be eligible for financial support to help with other costs associated with your course such as course materials and travel.
If you are aged 19 or over you may be required to pay fees.
If you are enrolling onto a Level 3 or 4 course and are over 19 years of age the fees may be higher and you will be required to take out an Advanced Learning Loan, please see the guide to fees for more information.
International students will be required to pay the full International course fee.
For more information, see our guide to fees.
This course is designed for learners with an interest in taking up work in animal care. It will provide learners with the underpinning study skills and introductory vocational knowledge required to progress to further study or employment within the area of animal care or other related sectors.
It will provide learners with the opportunity to develop their knowledge and understanding of what is needed to work with animals and undertake work experience with a suitable employer within the animal sector or related sectors.
Learners will study a range of key units to provide them with vocational subject knowledge as well as develop their own personal and employability skills. The academic studies will include English, Maths and ICT, which will be developed according to the learners’ assessed levels and abilities.
At least 2 GCSEs D-E, 3-2 Grade or equivalent (Entry 3) Relevant prior learning or experience gained in an appropriate professional environment will be considered Should have a keen interest in the subject.
All students will compile a portfolio of evidence that will contain their completed written coursework assignments, a mixture of photographs, video, witness statements and personal statements. The portfolios are internally assessed and verified prior to external verification by an awarding body.
Most students will be entered for Functional Skills English and Maths live assessments at the level indicated during initial assessments and verified through continuous diagnostic assessments or if they are not yet ready will do RARPA English and Maths qualifications.
Students could progress onto Level 2 courses, Supported Internships, Apprenticeships or other mainstream options. All progression is subject to meeting entry criteria for individual programmes.
All students will participate in group sessions as well as individual study. The study methods are a mix of practical, theory and independent research, completed by learners with appropriate support.