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Animal Care (Level 1)

Key course information

Access to Land Based Studies


1 year

Full Time

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Course Overview

If you love animals, this course is the perfect starting point for your career. Delivered at Lackham, our campus for land-based study, the course offers a wide range of specialist subjects and practical experiences in animal care. You will get involved in a number of exciting experiences in routine animal handling at our new, industry-level animal centre, organic farm, dog grooming parlour and Blue Cross rehoming cattery. You will work with a wide variety of domestic and exotic animals and will also take part in innovative projects, such as within our Zoological Garden. You’ll develop a practical understanding of how to care for a range of animals, and the experience and ability to work with them.?Please note that our Animal Resource Centre is LAIA and DWA compliant.

five green budgies sat on a branch
female animal care student holding a guinea pig
five green budgies sat on a branch
female animal care student holding a guinea pig

What will I learn?

Theory lessons cover a wide range of subjects, and are enriched by exciting practical experiences. Our animal centre is the perfect classroom for hands-on learning, allowing you to work with animals in zoo-level enclosures, learning how to move and handle them in domestic and managed environments. You will also gain knowledge about animals in the wild and the uses and domestication of animals. You’ll learn how to work with animals safely and effectively: routine duties such as cleaning, feeding, and watering will give you experience of maintaining the health and wellbeing of animals on a daily basis, and build your confidence in a working environment.

Entry Requirements

4 GCSEs at E or above, including Maths and English, or equivalent, or progression from the Entry Level 3 Vocational Skills Diploma - Land-based (Skills for Working Life).



Study, Assessment and Qualifications

City & Guilds Level 1 Diploma in Land-based Studies - Animal Care.

Assessed by written assignments, workbooks, class exercises and practical assessments .

Students are expected to complete a suitable work placement

Additional Costs and Information

Practical clothing is available to purchase from the online College shop which MUST be worn during all practical sessions.

You will also need to purchase your own personal protective equipment.

Trips and visits to shows and other animal related events are important aspects of the programme, allowing you to appreciate the diverse range of career opportunities and organisations within the sector. You will be expected to pay for the cost of student trips and additional enrichment activities via the College shop.

What Could I Do Next?

On completion of your course you may choose to progress onto these following courses

Level 2 Diploma in Animal Care

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