Macclesfield College recently played host to 200 potential students and their parents, along with an assortment of lambs, guinea pigs, snakes and a newly hatched brood of chicks!
The special open evening saw the launch of the college’s new animal care course, which 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 also complete a range of practical and research activities and have close contact with a selection of animals.
They will visit a variety of animal care environments, including a zoo, animal sanctuary and equestrian establishment.
Commenting on the launch of the new courses, Ella Tsui-Lau, Macclesfield College’s director of curriculum, 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 the new animal-based course will provide an excellent foundation for either the workplace or further study.”
She added: “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 an animal based course across this intake and we’ve been overwhelmed by just how much excitement there was surrounding the course during the open evening.”
The event also provided an opportunity to showcase the varied range of courses and work-based 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 scaly visitors to campus.