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Our Animal Care and Land Based Team, Animal Care

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With a working farm and horticulture centre, our Dearne Valley campus boasts acres of space – literally - and more than 200 animals. It is a superb facility for learning about animal care, horticulture or countryside management.

Excellent links between the college and local and national organisations enable superb opportunities for work experience and involvement in community environmental projects.

Our former students have progressed on to university degrees in zoology, conservation, veterinary nursing and countryside management, and gained employment with stately homes, garden centres and regional visitor destinations including Mayfield Alpacas, Tropical Butterfly House Wildlife and Falconry Centre, and Thornberry Animal Sanctuary.


If your interest in the science and art of plants and conservation has been growing on you, we will help you cultivate your future career in horticulture.

The new outdoor facilities under development will offer the green-fingered amongst us something we can only dream of – the opportunity to design our own outdoor learning environment. With the skills and tools you will be using when you start work alongside staff and employers, you will:

  • Create a conservation area to protect the rare, wild orchids that are growing in the college’s 12-acre “diamond” forest
  • Prepare the land, plant and grow a wide range of organic produce for sale in the site’s Organic Market Garden
  • Build and maintain polytunnels providing a protected growing environment'

Countryside management

With a passion for animal and environment conservation, you can develop the skills and knowledge to maintain, manage and improve outdoor and countryside estates and habitats as a countryside management student.

You will gain significant knowledge of conservation, improvement of British habitats, hedge-laying, tree-felling, coppicing, managing wildlife habitats, health and safety, woodland management, practical habitat management, wildlife populations, ecology and more.

You will also benefit from nine acres of outdoor space and habitats, industry-standard equipment and machinery, and industry experienced tutors.

Forestry and Arboriculture

The forests and woodlands in our region are home to a range of flora, fauna and organisations dedicated to their conservation. Offering numerous tourist attractions, they also provide significant employment opportunities.

Our 12-acre forest is home to our new forestry and arboriculture provision, training the UK’s future arborists for aerial and ground-based tree work. Students will be given the opportunity to:

  • Create their own outdoor learning environment and forestry school, where they will learn to care and maintain trees and woodland
  • Work with local employers to learn the art of tree felling
  • Gain experience of the science and practice of producing and managing trees and shrubs

Animal care

With a variety of exotic, domestic and farm animals ranging from reptiles to meerkats to horses, learn all about how to handle and care for animals at our working farm.

Gaining hands-on experience, you will develop a breadth of knowledge of different animal breeds and their biology, understanding animal behaviour, health and welfare. Industry placements include animal sanctuaries and veterinary practices, while you will also enjoy trips to conservation centres, zoo and working farms. The long list of potential careers includes veterinary care, animal science, ecology, conservation, zoology and livestock management and more.

If you have a specific question about our Virtual Open Days, simply get in touch.

01709 513355