Mature students at South Downs College can now complete the National Award in Animal Management. This follows demand for a 'proper qualification' from the large number of students who had completed the single unit in Animal behaviour.
The award is run over two years as a rolling programme for one evening a week. Students complete Animal Behaviour, Animal Health and Animal Nutrition in one year followed by Animal Nursing, Breeding and Animal Welfare in the following year.
Each unit is run over one term and is taught using a combination of practical work, lectures, visiting speakers and assignment work. Students appreciate the ability to move from classroom to IT room to practical area depending on the demands of the lesson or stage in the assignment, all of which is facilitated by the new Animal Unit.
Two new groups of 20 students are due to start in the autumn term with the likely hood of a third group given current enrolments.
The award allows adults who have experience in the sector formally recognised. The National award open up other careers or with other appropriate qualifications entry onto an HND or foundation degree courses.