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.
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.
From 2012 to 2019 – 98% of our learners went into employment or further/higher education on achieving their qualification with us.
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
Listen to Helen, our Education & Communications Officer, explain more about our courses and what it is like to be a part of the Tiggywinkles team via the Mix 96 website here.
We run different course levels, click below to learn more about each course.
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 are carried out on-site by our team of experienced, qualified Assessors, using a variety of methods including observation, assignments and questions & answers.
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!
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.