Macclesfield College recently played host to 200 potential students and their parents, along with lambs, guinea pigs, snakes and a newly hatched brood of chicks!

Macclesfield College recently played host to 200 potential students and their parents, along with lambs, guinea pigs, snakes and a newly hatched brood of chicks!

The open evening saw the launch of the College’s new animal care courses, which include a Level 1 course in Animal Care and a Level 3 course in Animal Management. The response to the courses content was so enthusiastic that students applied for a place on the night, with more registering an enquiry to find out more.

The new Level 1 Animal Care course provides an introduction to the handling and day to day care of a range of animals. Students will study a total of seven modules, including assisting with animal health and wellbeing, preparation and maintenance of animal accommodation, handling and restraint of animals and assisting with animal feeding. Students will complete a range of practical and research activities and have close contact with a selection of animals. They will also visit a number of animal care environments, including a zoo, animal sanctuary and equestrian establishment.

Meanwhile, the Level 3 Animal Management course is equivalent to three A-Levels and can attract up to 180 UCAS points, enabling successful students to continue their studies at degree level. The course content will include a total of 18 units covering topics as diverse as animal health, interpreting animal behaviour and communication, the principles of inheritance and gene manipulation, safe animal handling, the principles of animal nutrition and the fundamentals of animal science.

Commenting on the launch of the new courses, Ella Tsui-Lau, Macclesfield College’s head of faculty for science and engineering said: “Whether students want to go into a career working with pets and domesticated animals, see their future in farming, are interested in animal welfare jobs or fancy something more exotic at a zoo or safari park, the course content we have built into these two new animal-based courses will provide an excellent foundation for either the workplace or further study.

“As a college, we attract a wide demographic of students from both urban and rural backgrounds and across all abilities. We knew that there was an appetite for animal based courses across this intake and we’ve been overwhelmed by just how much excitement there is surrounding these courses during the open evening.”

The event also provided an opportunity to showcase the varied range of courses and workbased training available at Macclesfield College, including degree level courses and apprenticeships.

Course leaders and teaching professionals were on hand throughout the three-hour event but the real stars of the evening were the furry, feathery and reptilian visitors to campus.

Ella Tsui-Lau added: “I chatted to lots of students and school leavers and their parents during the course of the evening but I was definitely upstaged by the lamb!”