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City & Guilds Level 1 Diploma Landbased Studies (Animal Care) with Welsh Baccalaureate Foundation Diploma at Coleg Sir Gar

Course description

  • Considerable practical experience with dogs, rabbits and guinea pigs, reptiles and amphibians, birds and fish.
  • Assessment is mainly carried out while undertaking practical tasks with some oral questioning
  • Visits and practical investigations widen the learning experience
  • The course also includes the Foundation Welsh Baccalaureate, basic skills literacy and numeracy and Essential Skills IT
  • Work experience can improve employment prospects
  • Health & Safety is an important part of the course and will be assessed both practically and with a short on-line multi-choice test
  • A useful portfolio of all the course units acts as a basic reference resource for future courses or employment

Course content

This qualification is offered as a full time Level 1 course and acts as an introduction to the Animal Care Industries. The course is practically orientated and also involves the compilation of portfolios for Landbased Diploma Level 1 and an evidence file for Welsh Baccalaureate Foundation Level. Employment opportunities include animal care assistants in pet shops, boarding and rescue kennels and catteries.

Entry requirements

Entry is subject to successful interview and two GCSEs at any level or their equivalent.


Assessment is by practical assessments, portfolio grades and an on-line multi-choice test.

Future opportunities

This course is a basic introduction for anyone intending to make a career in the Animal Care industries. Successful candidates may progress to employment or to the Level 2 Diploma Animal Care.

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 20 May 2014
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    • Pibwrlwyd is a friendly campus in a rural setting on the outskirts of the market town of Carmarthen which is also the commercial centre for a large and thriving area. The campus is home to a wide range of curriculum that spans further and higher education. Key activities on the campus include Automotive Engineering, Business and Management, Catering and Hospitality, Equine Studies, Animal Science, and Teacher Training. All activities are well supported by resources and facilities including:

      Modern ICT equipment and laboratories
      Hairdressing and Beauty Therapy Salon (Salon Pib)
      A well-stocked Learning Centre / Library
      Merlin’s training restaurant which is open to the public and available for small meetings/seminars
      An indoor riding arena with disabled access as well as an outdoor arena
      State of the art motor vehicle workshops
      An exotic animal care centre which incorporates reptiles, fish and amphibians
      The location, facilities and staff all contribute to creating a close learning community on the campus where everyone is supportive and caring particularly towards the students’ needs.