Animal Care Land Based Studies, Certificate
The Animal Care Land Based Studies Certificate is an ideal starting point for animal lovers seeking a career in the animal care industry. The comprehensive course combines theoretical knowledge with hands-on practical work to equip you with the necessary skills and experience for working with animals. Throughout the course, one day per week will be spent at renowned visitor attraction Puxton Park and the remainder of your time will be spent in specialist spaces at Knightstone Campus.
Through our unique partnership with Puxton Park, awarded the National Farm Attraction of the Year, you will gain practical skills by participating in the care of a diverse range of animals. Your classroom lectures will come to life as you carry out practical sessions at the park, enabling you to develop industry specific skills. This hands-on experience will involve working alongside experienced staff and engaging with farm visitors, so you will also develop essential employability skills like communication, customer service and decision making.
Our experienced tutors are industry specialists, and they are dedicated to teaching you the necessary theory to complement your practical knowledge. Our qualifications have been developed in collaboration with local and national employers and are successful in getting our students into animal management related jobs and onto relevant degrees.
By studying with us, you will become part of our Animal Management Career Excellence Hub. This provides unrivalled access to potential employers. Through guest lectures, trips, work experience, and recruitment events, you will gain valuable industry insights and networking opportunities.
WHAT DOES THIS COURSE INVOLVE
The Animal Care Land-Based Studies Certificate is designed to provide students with the foundational knowledge and skills necessary to work in various roles within the animal care industry.
Animal anatomy and physiology
Animal health and welfare
Animal handling and restraint
Animal housing and environment
Animal breeding and genetics
Animal legislation and regulations
Practical experience at Puxton Park could include working with animals including tortoises, parrots, reindeer, owls, marmoset monkeys, meerkats, donkeys, goats, ponies, rare pigs, alpacas, cattle, emus, and stick insects.
You will be assessed through practical observations, group work, coursework, presentations, and exams.
Completing this program can be your first step into the animal care industry. You could seek entry position in animal shelters, zoos, farms, or veterinary clinics, or progress onto Animal Care Diploma Level 2, or an Animal Care Apprenticeship.
A minimum of five GCSEs at grade 3-1 with at least two at grade 3, or the successful completion of a pre-vocational programme.
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Animal Managment, Extended Diploma
The practical side of the course, and the fact that it is predominantly coursework based, is something that really appealed to me - nothing beats the day-to-day hands-on experience and interactions with animals.