Access to Higher Education courses are designed to prepare students aged 19+ for a Foundation Degree programme. This course is for students with a passion for working with animals and develops the practical skills and knowledge needed to progress into higher education.
It allows students to select specialist modules based on their individual passion.
- Introduction to business
- Higher Education study skills
- Organisations, people and products
- Land-based skills
- Introduction to science
- Science of life
- Research project
- Specialist Animal Management modules covering animal science and welfare, management and behaviour.
One year, usually three days per week in college.
On completion of this course students can progress to a Foundation Degree in Animal Management and Behaviour.
Lever arch file, dividers and hole punched lined paper, pencil case, pens and pencils. A laptop is desirable but not essential. USBs are not permitted. All work is stored using Microsoft OneDrive, free for Riseholme students.
Blue kennel coat, steel toe cap boots or shoes and laboratory coat.
Advanced Learner Loans are available to help students cover the tuition fees for this course. Visit our Further Education Financial Support page for more information.
Please note, if you are applying for your first Level 3 course (including Access to Higher Education) and you are aged between 19 and 23, then your course is free, so you don’t need a loan!
You will need GCSEs in Maths, English and Science at grade 4 or above or equivalent qualifications, as well as relevant industry experience.
BTEC Level 3 in Animal Management (Behaviour and Welfare)
Summer had always wanted to work with animals, but didn’t know in what capacity.
Now, having spent time studying Animal Management at Riseholme College, she is determined to one day run her own zoo to help educate others about exotic wildlife.
Having secured a work experience placement at an animal sanctuary with tigers and jaguars, she is confident her time at College will provide her with the perfect platform she needs to launch her dream career.
“I wanted to come here because there is a wider variety of animals to work with than elsewhere. I’ve grown up with a lot of different types of animals as pets and I’ve always been interested in working with them, I just didn’t know exactly how.” Summer said.
“Now that I’ve been at Riseholme I know that I would like to work with exotic animals. One of my biggest aims is to become a zookeeper – it would be amazing to own my own zoo and teach people things about animals they have never been in contact with before.
“I’ve learned so much here. There is always something to do and it is never the same. Every single week there is something different that needs doing. I came here not knowing anyone here and now I know everyone – people are so friendly.”