Who is the course for?
This course is for anyone who would like an introduction to the animal care industry. It is suitable for pre-16s, school leavers, or adults looking for either progression or a change in career.
Do I need any formal qualifications?
You will need to have a standard of general education and competence to benefit from and succeed on the course. Assessment of suitability is likely to be based upon interview.
What will I study on the course?
You will study maintaining animal health and welfare, undertaking practical animal feeding, maintaining animal accommodation, undertaking work related experience in the land based sector, understanding the basic principles of animal biology, introduction to the principles and practices of animal behaviour and handling and contributing to the nursing of animals.
How is the course organised
The course runs for three days per week over one year.
How will my progress be assessed?
Your progress will be assessed by a multiple choice test, externally set assignments and by building a portfolio of evidence.
Can I gain any extra qualifications while on the course?
You may also study Functional Skills and Personal Social Development, you will be tested at the start of your course. Other options may be available depending on timetabled commitments.
What final qualification will I get if I am successful?
NPTC Diploma in Land-based Studies (QCF) Level 1
After completing the course you could progress into employment or onto a level 2 qualification.
Can I receive any financial support whilst I am studying?
Many of our learners study for free with a Fee Waiver when they are in receipt of qualifying benefits or studying a first full Level 2 or Level 3 qualification and meet age restrictions or are aged between 16-18.
If you are not entitled to a Fee Waiver, you may be entitled to receive Learner Support Funds to help with paying your course fees, or if you are aged over 19 and planning to study at Level 3 or 4 and have not previously studied at Level 3 or above you will be able to apply for an Advanced Learner Loan that covers the costs of your tuition fees. The loan will not cover the cost of any examination / registration fees and these will need to be paid for separately, or you may be entitled to receive Learner Support Funds to help cover the cost.
All learners may also apply for help with the cost of travel to college and the college may be able to help with the costs of childcare, travel, books, equipment and meals.
For more information our Help Hub team is available on 01670 841 200 or email email@example.com.
How can I apply for this course?
Apply online by clicking here and registering, alternatively please contact our Help Hub on 01670 841 200, email firstname.lastname@example.org or drop in to one of our open events – dates of events are listed here http://www.northumberland.ac.uk/events/
Alternatively, if this is the course for you please click Book and Enrol Now – please note this option is only available for certain courses.
Where can I get any further information about the course?
You may find further information within this website including within case studies and our media gallery. You may also come along to an open event – dates of college events are listed here http://www.northumberland.ac.uk/events/