Before you start
Thank you for applying to study Animal Management at BCA. We very much look forward to welcoming you to our department and supporting you in pursuing your chosen career in the diverse, exciting, and rewarding industry that is Animal Management/Care. Please find below some key information that we hope you will find beneficial to have before starting your course and which clearly outlines our expectations of what you need to organize/have ready in order to complete your course successfully.
If you would like to keep up to date with our Animal Centre news and activities over the summer please follow us at BCA Animal Management Centre on our Facebook Page. You can also visit the BCA Zoo webpage to find out more about some of our amazing animals. Additionally, if you have any queries or concerns regarding your chosen course please do not hesitate to contact us on 01628 824444 and ask to speak with the Animal Management Team. We very much look forward to seeing you at enrolment and welcoming you into the Animal Management Department.
BCA Polo Shirts are required for practical sessions that involve indoor work, particularly in our Exotics house. For work with all other animals inclusive of Livestock and Zoo, overalls must be worn. Steel toe-capped boots or suitable work boots/walking boots AND wellington boots will also need to be worn for all practical work (wellington boots are required to work on our livestock section). It is strongly recommended that a warm, durable, waterproof jacket/coat be purchased for work outside. Waterproof trousers are also desirable and recommended. We suggest that students clearly label all items of PPE with their names.
You can purchase the majority of these items online from Goyals in Maidenhead. Please be aware that web orders will take up to 7 days to process. goyalsbca.co.uk
- For all Animal courses a Grey Polo Shirt with BCA logo, £14.00 or if you are on the Level 1 Land-based Vocational course a green Polo Shirt with BCA logo and Vocational Studies, £14.00
- Overalls with BCA logo, £25.00
You can buy non-logo overalls separately if you wish – they should be plain blue or black. These can be purchased from any workwear supplier.
- Steel toe capped boots or suitable work boots/walking boots AND wellington boots (wellington boots are required for farm work)
Not supplied by BCA. These can be purchased from any workwear clothing supplier from around £20.00.
- Grey waterproof jacket with BCA logo (with soft shell jacket combined), £30.00
- Grey hoodie with BCA logo
- Waterproof Trousers (recommended)
Not supplied by BCA. These can be purchased from any workwear clothing supplier for around £10.00.
In September all students are required to bring in:
We expect all students to come to each lesson equipped with appropriate stationery e.g. pens/ruler/pencils etc. and a notebook. Calculators are desirable. 1 x A4 lever arch folder must be purchased for filing class handouts/notes/logbooks. One set of dividers is required so work can be organised. A home computer, laptop, tablet, access to Wifi and headphones are also essential.
If you will be studying a Level 2 qualification, we strongly recommend that you purchase the following book:
Introduction to Veterinary Anatomy and Physiology Textbook – Third Edition by Victoria Aspinall and Melanie Cappello.
Approximately £29 through Amazon.
If you are going to be studying a L3 qualification we strongly recommend that you purchase:
‘Revise BTEC National Animal Management Revision Guide’ by Pearson ISBN 978-1-292-15000-0 and ‘Revise BTEC National Animal Management Revision Workbook’ by Pearson ISBN 978-1-292-14999-8.
As part of our study programmes all students are required to complete a certain number of hours of industry placement. Successful completion of these hours forms part of the assessment and develops the skills students require to be ready for work, indeed many of our students get offered paid employment as a result of their placements. The number of hours required to be completed varies according to level. Dates for work experience are outlined below:
Dates for work experience are outlined below:
- City and Guilds L1 Diploma Land-Based Studies Animal Care
1 week, 16/06/23 – 23/06/23
- BTEC L2 Diploma Animal Care
2 week, 20/03/23 – 31/03/23
- BTEC L3 Year 1(Extended Certificate) Animal Management
5 weeks, 27/02/23 – 17/03/23 & 05/06/23 – 12/06/23
- BTEC L3 Year 2 (Foundation Diploma) Animal Management
3 weeks, 27/02/23 – 17/03/23 BTEC L3 Year 2 (Extended Diploma) Animal Management
3 weeks, 23/01/23 – 10/02/23
Students are expected to organise their own placement, however we have an excellent Industry Placement Team who you will be able to meet at enrolment. It is essential that confirmation of placements has been provided via our Industry Placement App by the stipulated confirmation date to allow time for H&S checks to be carried out. If placements have not been confirmed by these dates placement on the course may be affected.
In addition to the above, Level 3 students are expected to complete 8 days of work experience across four weekends at our Animal Centre. This year we are only asking for our L3 Yr2 students to complete these hours but it is important for our L3 Yr1 students to be aware that this will be a requirement. Working hours are 9am-4pm. A rota will be given at the beginning of term. There are also opportunities to assist with our Open Days and Zoo Family Open Days.
Next of Kin Details
Our online welfare form requests that we are given 2 sets of contact details for use in an emergency. It is essential that in the event of becoming unwell, someone can be available to collect a student from College, therefore all those listed on the Next of Kin Form must be able to drive and/or be prepared to collect a student via other means if necessary.
We expect our students to participate in all elements of their study programme. For example, practical lessons are essential to students’ skill development and integral to us being able to provide our excellent facilities inclusive of our fully working, commercial Zoo. We expect students to be on time to all lessons and be fully prepared in terms of uniform to undertake any task required. The welfare of our animals is paramount and our students have a very important role to play in ensuring our high standards of welfare are maintained. We ask all our students to consider this very carefully before committing to our courses and to be sure that they are going to be willing to undertake the practical tasks set in all weathers, each day of the week they are in College and with determination and enthusiasm.
Our courses are assessed through exams, coursework and practical assessment. In addition to completing formal assessment, Tutors will expect homework to be completed so that students are prepared for their next lesson in that subject area and to also increase opportunities for learning and development. Homework is set across all levels in both the main programme of study and maths and English (where applicable).
All students and parents/guardians will be required to sign a contract at enrolment that pledges commitment to adhering to our code of conduct which takes into account appropriate behaviour/attitude, attendance, submission of work. All students are given a six week probationary period at the end of which progress and performance will be reviewed. Students that do not adhere to our code of conduct and who do not make sufficient progress in those first 6 weeks will be asked to leave the course and without formal disciplinary action. Equally some students may decide the course is not right for them and decide to leave, in which case we are more than happy to support them in finding an alternative course either here at BCA or another College.
Locker availability will be advised further at enrolment but priority will be given to those with specific disabilities whereby a locker is essential for access to our facilities
Various trips are undertaken throughout the year (when and if we are able to do so) to fulfil curriculum requirements and are charged separately. Students are expected to attend these trips to help with the development of their learning in relation to specific modules. The cost will be dependent on the trip, however across each course we aim to carry out 3 external visits that may incur costs and we would suggest budgeting for approximately £100.00. Payment for trips is requested in advance of each trip via our Wisepay system which can be registered for at enrolment. You will be advised of the details by your Course Manager.
We appreciate that all of our new students will be tentatively awaiting GCSE results and potentially results from other qualifications in order to meet conditional offers that have been sent. Please attend the enrolment day/slot that you have been advised regardless of results and we will support students in finding a place on the right programme for them.
Health & Saftey
Trips and Visits
Course Manager contact details: Level 1 Vocational – Lesley Lane (email@example.com)