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Skills for Working Life - Land-based (Animals) (Entry 2) Diploma at Northumberland College

Course description

This course is for students of all ages who seek an entry level course that will recognise vocational skills and interest below the occupational competence of level 1. It would be ideal for students who have particular learning difficulties who are interested in learning about animal care and equine.

Course content

You will study topics such as small animal care, preparation for work, functional skills and personal social development.

Entry requirements

You will need to have interest in working with animals, but no formal qualifications are necessary.


Your progress will be assessed by a portfolio of evidence plus practical assessments. This is evidence that you can do the tasks involved and your tutor will help you with this.

Future opportunities

After completing the course you could progress on to a level 1 course in your chosen area.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Northumberland College directly.

Last updated date: 17 May 2016

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    • Kirkley Hall is a stunning rural campus and a great environment to study in with specialist resources to meet the needs of our students. Combine this with our team of experience and highly skilled staff and you will see that a successful future will be yours.

      The college campus in Ponteland is approximately 8 miles from Newcastle city centre and is easily accessible by bus or car, so you can enjoy the best of city and rural life.

      You will benefit from excellent facilities that are of industry standard so you'll be prepared for your future career. Facilities include:

      • A 17th century rural estate with and grade II listed Kirkley Hall
      • An equestrian centre with indoor and outdoor riding arenas, 25 horse stable yard and specialist equine facilities
      • Kirkley Hall Zoological Gardens with over 120 species
      • A veterinary centre and grooming parlour
      • An outdoor activity centre with high ropes and zip wire and sailing base at Blyth
      • Two farms; one at Kirkley and one in the Coquet Valley
      • Victorian walled gardens, over 1,330m2 of greenhouses and a garden design studio
      • Cyber Café
      • A Learning Resource Centre devoted to the land-based sector which includes a range of learning materials, an IT suite and quiet study areas
      • Halls of residence facilities