Nescot College has devoted over half its campus to a modern City Farm. Now the College is using its years of experience working within the land-based industry to offer higher education courses, delivered by highly qualified and experienced industry specialists.
The Animal Studies department is known locally for excellence in Animal Management, having been servicing the community for over 20 years. At present the area provides animal care courses at levels 1, 2 and 3, providing a strong progression route for students. A Level 4 qualification will begin in September 2013. We have developed a wide range of small animals, both domestic and exotic as well as livestock animals.
The department consists of well-equipped animal units that contain a wealth of domestic and exotic species. There is also a large outdoor farm area that offers further practical opportunities and contains a purpose built aviary as well as a rabbit area, ferret house, duck pond and chicken scratching zone. Students have expressed very high levels of satisfaction with the quality of teaching and learning in this department.
This curriculum area has a dynamic, dedicated, enthusiastic team of lecturers who are respected by the students. All members of staff are qualified teachers who have both vocational and academic experience and are qualified to degree or Masters level. All team members have work experience in the industry and use this effectively to provide learners with industry appropriate knowledge and skills. Staff have wide ranging experiences and backgrounds and include specialists in exotic animals, livestock and other industry related activities such as laboratory work. The Head of Department is a dog behaviour expert who has written sections in Dorling Kindersley dog care books.
Once you qualify with us you will be able to register with the Institute of Biology and can go on to work in a management position in the land-based industry. There are a huge variety of opportunities, ranging from animal charities; collections management; zoo keeping; animal behaviour and training; veterinary nursing; conservation and additional higher education.