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Level 1 Animal Care


Pathways to Land Based Studies

Study Mode

Full Time

Start Date



1 year

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Course Overview

If you love animals and would like to pursue a career working with them, this course is the perfect starting point. Delivered at Lackham, our specialist campus for land-based study, the course covers a wide range of topics in animal care. Theory topics will give learners an opportunity to develop independence, employability, and social skills, which will aid progression within education or open - up routes within the animal-based sector. You’ll get hands-on experience in routine animal handling at our new industry-level Animal Resource Centre. You will get the chance to work with a wide variety of domestic and exotic animals.

What will I learn?

You will learn through both theory lessons and exciting practical experiences. Our Animal Resource Centre is the perfect classroom for hands-on learning, allowing you to work with animals in zoo-level enclosures, and learn how to handle a variety of species in a range of situations. You will also gain knowledge about the animal industry and potential employment opportunities. This will be supplemented by a period of work experience at a suitable animal-based placement. You’ll learn how to work with animals safely and effectively – routine duties such as feeding and watering, cleaning and health checking will give you experience of establishing and maintaining the wellbeing of animals on a daily basis and build your confidence in a working environment.

Study, Assessment and Qualifications

You will be assessed by a combination of written assignments, workbooks, class exercises and practical assessments. You will also be expected to complete a suitable work placement.

The final qualification on successful completion of the course is a Pearson BTEC Level 1 Introductory Diploma in Land-based Studies.

Entry Requirements

Entry requirements are 4 GCSEs at grade 2 or equivalent. Experience with animals, is desirable, but entry is determined on an individualised basis and subject to an interview.

Additional Costs and Information

Practical clothing must be worn during all practical sessions and is available to purchase from the online College shop. You will also need to supply your own personal protective equipment, which will include steel-toe capped boots.

In addition, there will be some costs for trips and visits to shows and other animal related events. These are an important aspect of the programme, enabling you to discover the diverse range of career opportunities and organisations within the sector.

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