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Animal Management Interview Process

Level 2 Diploma in Work-based Animal Care and Level 2 Diploma Animal Care & T Level Foundation Year

Learners are able to develop practical skills in animal husbandry and gain underpinning knowledge of animal-related topics. Students will work with a range of animals inclusive of small mammals, farm livestock, exotic and zoo species housed in our extensive animal collection which is managed by our highly experienced and knowledgeable Animal Technicians.

Our interviews will take between 15-30 minutes. We will ask why you would like to study the course you have chosen and expect you to have researched the course and the areas of industry (or university) that you would like to progress into. We will ask what experience you have working with animals already and/or any animal interactions that you have had that have broadened your knowledge and understanding of the animal industry. We are very interested to hear if you belong to any groups or clubs that are concerned with animal welfare or conservation, animal training e.g. perhaps you attend dog training classes for example or belong to the RSPB or visit your local nature reserve on a regular basis. We will also ask you how you like to learn and what are the best ways in which we can support you with your learning and your time at College A member of the ALS team may also be present to discuss any learning support needs.

Please ensure you have researched the animal industry and possible career paths. You do not need to wear anything specific but we would like to see evidence or any exam results that you may have e.g. mock exams and also any other achievements e.g. Duke of Edinburgh awards, recent school report etc.

Your interview will be face to face.

You will need to have personal protective (PPE) equipment for our courses including work boots, wellies, overalls, BCA polo shirt. You also need a waterproof, durable coat that you don’t mind wearing on practical’s when the weather is poor. We expect all of our students to dress professionally (as if for the workplace) when coming to college and to follow our protocols on PPE and the wearing of jewellery/nail varnish etc. when working at our Animal Education Centre. Full details are provided during enrolment.

If you wish to make any amendments to your interview, please log back into your Student Portal, and choose ‘rearrange’ and select and alternative date and time.

Level 3 Animal Management

Our Level 3 course provides a range of different sized options in terms of units covered, level of study and providing opportunities for progression either into employment or higher education. The majority of our students take a two-year programme completing an Extended Diploma in Animal Management which is equivalent to three A-levels or a Diploma in Animal Management which is the equivalent to two A-levels. Students are able to develop practical skills in animal husbandry and gain underpinning knowledge of animal-related topics. Students will work with a range of animals inclusive of small mammals, farm livestock, exotic and zoo species housed in our extensive animal collection which is managed by our highly experienced and knowledgeable Animal Technicians. The courses also provide an opportunity for students to develop employability skills alongside gaining confidence in becoming independent learners.

On arrival students will be given an introduction to the Level 3 courses being offered inclusive of what equipment they will need, trips and visits that we offer and how the course is structured. We will then do a tour of our Animal Education Centre to give students an opportunity to view areas they don’t have access to on Open Days.  This will then be followed by a taster lesson on one of the many topics/subjects that they will be studying on the course.

In the last hour of the session students will have their interview (15 minutes) with one of the Level 3 Course Managers.  If they have declared on application that they have an EHCP or any specific learning needs then a member of the learning support team (if available) will join for the interview to discuss any specific requirements.  If students would like a parent/guardian with them for their interview we would be grateful if they could let us know and we will arrange a specific time with the parent/guardian to attend during the last part of that session.  Whilst students are waiting for their interview they will have the opportunity to review past exam papers, examples of coursework and further course information such as core reading materials/resources.

Please ensure you have researched the animal industry and possible career paths as well as bring with you any exam results that you may have e.g. mock exams and also any other achievements e.g. Duke of Edinburgh awards, recent school report etc.

Your interview will be face to face during your interview day.

This will be discussed with you during your interview day.

If you wish to make any amendments to your interview, please log back into your Student Portal, and choose ‘rearrange’ and select and alternative date and time.