What skills do I need?

You don’t need any formal skills but a keen interest in animals is essential! Your GCSE results will determine which level course you come and study. For entry requirements take a look at each course page.

We advise students to try and find work experience before you start a course with us, but it is not a requirement for course entry.

What are my job/career options after this course?

Depending on what level course you study career options vary from working in kennels and catteries, training guide dogs, working in animal rescue, as a veterinary nurse or zookeeper and much more.

What qualifications will I get?

This will depend on which level course you choose to study. Find out on each course page in the ‘At a glance’ section.

Where will I study, what are the facilities like?

If you are studying on one of our full-time courses the majority of your classes will take place in our purpose built Animal Centre and Zoo. If you are studying to become a veterinary nurse you will spend some of your time in a vet’s practice and some in our dedicated Veterinary Care facility.

Will my course cost anything?

Students aged under 19 will not be charged tuition fees. If you are aged over 19 visit the 19+ Further Education Tuition Fees page.

How many days per week are the courses?

Most of our fill time FE courses are taught over 4 days in college, typically 9am – 5pm. You will have one study day per week. Many students use this day to catch up on assignment work or to gain working experience within the animal industry.

How much of the course is practical?

The courses are predominantly theory based, but all have a practical element. Typically most students will have an afternoon a week of practical based teaching, although many theory modules will have practical elements throughout the year.

Will I go on any trips or study tours?

All students on our Animal Care or Animal Management programmes will have the opportunity to go on educational visits and will benefit from visiting speakers coming to college.

What equipment will I need?

Students on the Animal Management courses will need a boiler suit and steel toe-capped work boots. Veterinary Care Assistants and those studying Veterinary Nursing will need to purchase a scrub top or tunic. These items can all be purchased from the college shop.

You will also be required to purchase stationery and reference textbooks.

Is work experience part of my course?

All students will undertake work experience, how much will depend on which course you are studying. Please check course pages for details.

Will I be doing stock duties?

All students have weekly practical sessions where you will undertake routine stocks tasks.

If you have any further questions please contact the enquiries team by using our online enquiry form.