This new course is designed to serve the needs of all aspects of the animal sector, including companion animals, feeding and watering of animals including aspects of animal linked to the animal management industry and provide the basis for progression into further training, technical and practical skills you will need in your career. You will also have the opportunity to gain vital work experience in local animal businesses to develop industry knowledge and skills, try out the career you have set your sights on.
You will have the exciting opportunity to work with a range of species in our highly prized and industry relevant animal unit, including; cockroaches and crickets, exotics animals to meerkats, ferrets and more.
- Introduction to the land-based industry
- Handling animals theory and practical
- Health and welfare theory and practical
- Accommodation theory and feeding practical
- Feed and water theory
- Provide controlled exercise theory and practical
- English and Maths, as required.
One year study programme, with the option to study a second year to top up the Level 2 Diploma. Three days per week normally in college.
Students will be able to progress to study the Level 2 Diploma, moving on to one of our Level 3 courses.
The practical skills that are gained and consolidated throughout the course stand you in good stead for joining the animal industry with a strong work ethic and reputation behind you launch your career. Whether it be working in commercial kennels, animal rescue centres, laboratories, zoos and small animal collections. Almost all areas of the animal industry require experience and qualifications, which you will build on throughout this course.
A range of coursework and practical assessments, graded at pass, merit or distinction.
You will need a kennel cost and steel toe-capped boots.
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Four GCSEs at grade 2 / 3 or equivalent, or a relevant Level 1 qualification. A satisfactory academic reference is also needed.
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.”