The Isle of Wight College has standard entry requirements for full-time college courses, depending on the level of the course to be studied.
There may be additional entry requirements for a small number of specialist courses. If this course is one of these specialist courses, additional entry requirements will be stated below.
Interviews for Level 1 Land Based Studies typically consist of a short presentational overview of the land based industries, courses available at the different levels of qualification; career and course progression, what the college expect from students and how they are assessed will be discussed. We will then have a short discussion around the candidates interview tasks (that they should complete prior to interview), career interests and prior experience keeping pets. We also talk about animals the candidate particularly likes (or dislikes!) and experiences they are looking forward to.
For students who may not hold any recognised qualifications but are keen to start a career in animal care.
This course is designed for those who are interested in careers working with animals but have no prior qualifications, or cannot access the Intermediate level course. Students work is based in practical skills, where they will encounter a variety of species in our onsite animal unit. They will also build on their theoretical skills, such as research skills and work readiness.
Literacy and Numeracy skills development is embedded throughout the course, as well as ICT skills.
This course is suitable for students who enjoy being around animals and who are enthusiastic and prepared to work hard both physically and mentally. Each student will follow an Individual Learning Plan, giving each individual the opportunity to achieve their own potential. This will be based around the size and type of qualification they are studying.
Possible units you may cover include:
There will be combination of written projects and practical work. You will often work as a group, so you should be able to get along with other people and also take some responsibility for getting on with tasks. The course will cover basic knowledge and important practical skills. You will also spend at least 1 day each week on work experience.
Once you have completed Level 1 Diploma in Land Based Studies, and depending on the levels attained in English and Maths, you may qualify to study an Intermediate Diploma in Animal Care course the following year.
Completion of work experience is an essential requirement of the course. Placements include kennels, catteries, farms, pet shops, and animal rescue establishments.
You must be up to date with Tetanus protection.
Tops Day Nurseries offers flexible hours, so you only book and pay for the hours you need.
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