Barnsley College offers you the opportunity to prepare for a range of challenging and exciting careers working with animals. We have our own working farm, Wigfield Farm in Worsbrough, which has over 60 species of animals on site.
Studying at the farm will give you hands-on experience of working with animals such as sheep, cattle, pigs, meerkats, rabbits, alpacas and reptiles.
This module will develop your understanding of cell and tissue structure. It will also introduce some basic chemistry that relates to biological concepts and will give you the opportunity to increase your confidence in carrying out basic laboratory skills.
Small Business Enterprise
This module will provide you with an understanding of the basic principles to help set up your own business.
In this module you will have the opportunity to apply your practical skills in direct handling and management of animals and to understand the relationship between husbandry and disease prevention.
Research Skills and Techniques
This module aims to develop your skills of independent enquiry, understand data and apply statistical tests. You will plan your own research project that you will implement in second year.
Anatomy and Physiology
You will learn about physical support and movement in animals, body transport systems, the acquisition of materials and removal of waste and animal reproduction.
Principles of Ecology
This module will develop your understanding of ecological concepts by giving you opportunities to practice ecological skills and techniques.
You will learn to identify a range of aquatic organisms and carry out a freshwater survey. You will develop understanding of feeding and reproductive strategies in fish and will evaluate the impact of exploiting aquatic species.
In this module you will investigate communication, feeding and reproductive behaviours. You will also investigate learning and its applications.
You will have the opportunity to carry out your own research project and develop a range of transferrable skills, such as independence, initiative, time management and organisational skills.
You will gain a fundamental understanding of the principles behind genetics and the application of a range of genetic manipulation techniques.
Animal Health and Welfare
This module aims to develop understanding of factors that influence animal health and agents that cause ill health.
Students are required to have 72 UCAS points
Five GCSES at grade A*-C including English Language, Maths and Science
Alternatively, relevant paid or unpaid work experience will be taken into consideration.
There are several opportunities available, one of which is to carry on studying for a top-up degree (Level 6) in an animal related subject.
Beyond College, there are many opportunities such as groomer, RSPCA, veterinary nurse, army dog handler, customs dog handler, equine or stable work, animal behaviourist, zoo keeper and animal technician.