City & Guilds Qualifications

We are proud to be a City & Guilds approved training centre with an excellent reputation within City & Guilds and future employers - for the high quality of the training we deliver to our students, and the calibre of the achievers that leave us to go out into the world of animal welfare and conservation.

We offer a unique, hands-on route to gaining a fully accredited and nationally recognised qualification, whilst working with all species of British wildlife.

We offer practical training in all aspects of animal husbandry. As a working wildlife hospital, and a practical training centre, our students spend 70% of their time hands-on: cleaning, feeding, mucking out and moving some of the thousand plus wild animals that we have in our hospital at any one time.

In their practical sessions, students handle the hedgehogs, birds of prey, rabbits and swans, to name but a few species. They are involved in all aspects of care from taking in deliveries of bags of feed, cleaning and hosing down pens, cages and aviaries to working in the wards and outside enclosures, or assisting with health checking. The year round course means students get to experience everything the varying seasons brings, whilst playing their part in the care of all the sick, injured and orphaned species that come through our doors every day. Students play a key part in the care and rehabilitation of our patients and help them on their road back into the wild.

Our classroom based learning builds the students’ underpinning knowledge of animal health and welfare, and students will complete assignments and assessments to gain excellent grades in their qualifications to help them move on to employment or further/higher education after their course is completed.

These courses are ideal for anyone wishing to have a career in the animal welfare industry, whilst learning hands-on with wildlife, in a very busy Hospital environment.

From 2012 to 2019 – 98% of our learners went into employment or further/higher education on achieving their qualification with us.

Webinar

If you are interested in our qualifications and would like to learn more about Tiggywinkles and what our exciting animal care courses entail, our Education Officer, Helen has done a webinar discussing the details. Check it our here: https://www.buckscollegegroup.ac.uk/live/1338-live-event-animalcare

Courses Available

We run different course levels, click below to learn more about each course.

Level 1 Land Based Studies

Level 2 Animal Care

Level 3 Animal Management


Apply Today

Download an application form here: Student Application Form.


Hands-on & Theory learning

We run practical learning sessions, where all students spend time training in all of the different areas of the Hospital, 'hands on' with our patients, assisting with their care and welfare – cleaning, feeding and moving – as part of the animal’s treatment and rehabilitation, as well as a small amount of time in Reception and our Visitor Centre. Assessment in all of these areas is by practical assessments, with observations & questions.

Students also spend time every week in our classroom and study areas, with theory lessons covering all aspects of the courses’ underpinning knowledge, as well as spending time completing a mix of written assignments (ranging from essays and feeding plans, to posters and fact sheets), along with undertaking controlled assessments and online testing.

At the end of the course our students achieve grades up to Distinction*, as well as gaining professional employability skills which will help them on the next steps of their career whether into employment, continuing their education or off to University.


Assessments

Assessments are carried out on-site by our team of experienced, qualified Assessors, using a variety of methods including observation, assignments and questions & answers.


Entry Requirements

Level 1: a minimum of Entry 3 Maths and English or GCSE grades at 1-2/E-G.

Level 2: 3 GCSEs at grade 2-3 / D-E or above, including English and Maths.

Level 3: 4 GCSEs including English, Maths and Science at grade 4 / C or above.
OR Level 2 Animal Care Diploma at Merit Grade, with a Distinction in the Biology Unit.
Plus independent study skills are required to work at this level.


What do I need?

All students are required to wear Tiggywinkles uniform tops when here. Students are expected to provide their own A4 folders, dividers, pens and a lot of punched pockets. More importantly, you will need plenty of enthusiasm!


Start Dates

Tiggywinkles takes on a small number of students each Autumn – so we can give you the best experience and training possible. We often receive more applications than we have places, and therefore we only take on students who we feel are really committed to learning and achieving their qualification.

Courses run for 12 or 24 months, as a working hospital we do not run term time only. We are not a residential centre, so you will need to live (or rent) locally or be prepared to travel to get here.

 

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