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Wildlife and Countryside Studies

“I feel like I gained the knowledge I needed to effectively help the children, by for example, carrying out interventions or one-on-one teachings. My tutors were really helpful and always there if I needed help with anything.”

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We make every effort to ensure information within our online course directory is accurate and a true representation of the courses we are offering in 2021-22 or 2022-23. However, we do reserve the right to make changes if necessary.

Start an exciting career in Animal Care and Land-based Industries

The land-based sector is ideal for those who enjoy working outside in physically demanding settings or have a passion for caring for animals.

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Veterinary Nurse

Average salary - £24,000*

Veterinary Nurses support vets to treat and take care of sick and injured animals.

Day-to-day tasks:

Keeping the vet practice and equipment clean and hygienic, preparing animals for treatments and assisting the vets during treatments, administering medication, talking to pet owners about treatment and how to take care of their animals and undertaking reception and admin duties.**

Working environments:

Veterinary practices or animal welfare centres.

*EMSI 2021 **nationalcareers.service.gov.uk

Landscape Gardener

Average salary - £21,500*

Landscape Gardeners cultivate flowers, trees, shrubs and other plants - improving the appearance of terrain and cut-and-lay turf.

Day-to-day tasks:

Discuss clients’ needs and advise them how to maintain their space, work from plans made by designers, order supplies, turf and seed lawns, plant and prune trees and shrubs and install paving.**

Working environments:

Gardens, at a client’s business, at a client’s home or at a garden centre.

*EMSI 2021 **nationalcareers.service.gov.uk

In-demand skills that commonly appear in job descriptions for roles within the animal care and land-based sector include*:

  • Communication
  • Enthusiasm
  • Customer Service
  • Management
  • Detail Orientated

What our students say

“I have made new friends on my course and love how many opportunities there are to get involved in a variety of extra-curricular activities while at college”

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Chelsea Smith Level 2 Hair and Media Make-up Former student at the Laurel Academy

“I'm enjoying meeting new people with similar interests.”

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Justin Hamlet Level 2 Games Animation, Former student at Oakwood High School

“I have met new friends in a great community while studying a practical course that I enjoy.”

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Bayley Lowe Level 2 Sport Former student at The Laurel Academy

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