Start Date:Duration:Level:Study mode:Course location:Course Type:
03/09/20201 Year2Full-TimeKirkley Hall CampusFull-time Vocational

For access onto the course you will be required to have attained a standard of general education and competence, sufficient enough to benefit from and succeed on the course. Assessment of suitability is likely to be based on GCSE grades or equivalent. Recommended four GCSE grades (grade 3 or above) ideally including English or Science. If you do not possess qualifications for direct entry to a Level 3 Diploma, this course acts as a natural bridge. Mature students with relevant experience will also be considered.

Study levelCostAdditional fees
16-18FREEYou will need to provide your own stationery and you will be given the opportunity to take part in trips and visits.
19+871.00 *subject to changeYou will need to provide your own stationery and you will be given the opportunity to take part in trips and visits.

Your progress will be assessed periodically through assignments, verbal and practical assessments, and summarized at the end of the course through examinations and a synoptic assignment. Assessments are varied to allow all of your skills to be utilised.

English and Maths are important life skills that will help you to achieve your best in your studies and progress to your dream career. If you have not already achieved grade 9-4 in GCSE Maths and/ or English at school, we will support you to improve your skills.

The course runs for three to four days per week over one academic year and is classed as full-time education. Some of these days will account for industrial experience hours which will include working on the animal unit as a member of the zoological team and assisting in the day to day practice.

If you are passionate about animals and would like an introduction to the career opportunities available within the animal care industry, you have come to the right place. Northumberland college offers the opportunity to get up close and personal to a range of species and teaches you how to care for them to a high standard.

You will study exciting units including animal husbandry, animal health and welfare, zoo animals, wildlife, animal training and work experience along with other modules and additional side qualifications. Kirkley Hall Zoological Gardens offers the opportunity to gain practical experience with a wide variety of animals including all five taxa groups such as birds, fish, amphibians, reptiles and mammals.

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