Animal Science

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These courses won't just bring out the animal lover in you but will help you towards a career or the chance of further qualifications.
You’ll study a range of fascinating subjects including animal behaviour and communication, feeding and accommodation, animal biology and nutrition, pet store design and more.

Level 1 – This course will introduce you to skills such as care, handling and grooming as well as general topics including working in a team and working safely. The course is focused on practical work, and you will have plenty of hands-on experience with different kinds of animals. You will also have classroom sessions to help build your general knowledge and maths and English skills.

Level 2 – You will gain theoretical and practical experience of caring for animals in a variety of settings: e.g. the classroom, your work placement and on exciting trips and visits. You will also continue your English and maths GCSE to achieve the C grades required for level 3.

Level 3 – Through assignment work, you will study a range of fascinating subjects including animal behaviour and communication, feeding and accommodation, wildlife management and rehabilitation, animal biology and nutrition, pet store design and more.

Key elements:

  • Animal handling
  • Animal biology
  • Teamwork skills
  • Health and safety
  • Maths and English
  • Work experience

  1. Success rates well above national average with exceptional high grade achievement.
  2. Excellent links with local employers leading to work placements.
  3. Highly qualified, specialist teaching staff.
  4. Unit specific trips to zoos, wildlife parks, sanctuaries, UEA and more.
  5. Great progression routes to level 3, apprenticeships and higher education.

Veterinary Nurse, Zookeeper, Animal Charity Worker/Manager, Kennel or Cattery Assistant/ Manager, Wildlife Park or Zoo Worker, Animal Sanctuary Worker, Pet Shop Assistant/Manager, Animal Welfare Worker, Dog Groomer

What can I go on to do?

  • Enter employment
  • An apprenticeship
  • Progress to a degree programme or other higher education programme

If you are aged 16-19 and have not achieved GCSE grade A*-C in English and maths, any programme you choose will require you to continue studying English and maths.

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  • 5
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