This highly practical course is an ideal starting point for those students with few formal qualifications. Covering the basics of handling, feeding and the setting up of accommodation for a wide range of species, this course will enable you to learn how to work safely, care for and maintain animal accommodation in our custom-built animal management unit.
1 year, 3-4 days a week.
- Safe and effective work practices in land-based industries
- Develop performance in land-based industries
- Assist with maintaining the health and wellbeing of animals
- Animals in the wild and in society
- Assist with the handling and restraint of animals
- Assist with the preparation and maintenance of animal accommodation
- Assist with the feeding and watering of animals
- Functional skills/GCSE – English and Maths
Short multiple choice examinations, plus a portfolio of evidence that will be marked by an external examiner.
Minimum of 2 GCSEs at D - E / 3 – 2 Grade or equivalent (Entry level 3)
Students should have a keen interest in the subject.
Successful students can further enhance their skills by enrolling onto the Level 2 Diploma in Animal Care or, should they wish to, progress straight into industry.
Additional Learning Opportunities:
Students may have the opportunity to undertake additional short qualifications as part of their course. These may include health and safety and employability skills, as well as other vocational qualifications. These are designed to support future careers.
Specialist Equipment Needed
In addition to standard college equipment, students will need steel toe-capped boots, waterproof clothing and a Hadlow College fleece and t-shirt.
- Multi-million pound animal management home to a range of species
- Small mammals, invertebrates, reptiles, amphibians, aquatics and grazing animals
- Extensive paddock facilities
- 6 custom built aviaries for exotic birds
- Commercial dog grooming salon
- Fully functioning veterinary nursing training suite equipped for teaching purposes
Animal rescue centres, animal charities, zoos and wildlife parks, as well as educational institutions and retail outlets.
Students benefit from close ties with a number of different organisations including the Wildlife Heritage Foundation, the Kent Wildlife Trust as well as local zoos, wildlife parks and rare breed centres.
Please note that all programme specifications and course modules are subject to annual change.