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Animal Care Level 1 Diploma at Warwickshire College Group

Course description

This one year course is designed for people who are interested in working with companion animals in kennels, catteries, animal sanctuaries and pet shops.

Course content

  • Safe and effective working practices in land-based industries - this unit is concerned with learners following the correct procedures outlined by the employer, recommended codes of practice and current legislation and the workplace are also included.
  • Develop performance in land-based industries - This unit enables the learner to gain experience of working as an effective team member. It also provides the learner with the opportunity to work alone, developing personal skills and performance.
  • Animal Health - this unit covers the main principles of maintaining the health and well-being of animals and being able to assist and recognise potential animal emergency situations.
  • Feeding and Watering Animals - this unit covers the basic requirements and principles for a learner to feed and water animals and to clean and maintain the equipment used to do this. Learners should be familiar with using various watering and feeding systems.
  • Animal Accommodation - this unit covers the basic requirements and principles for a learner to select, prepare and maintain animal accommodation.
  • Handling and Restraining Animals - most animals will require handling and restraining at some stage in their life. This unit covers how to assist a supervisor when handling, moving and restraining an animal.

All students receive full tutorial support, individual and group tutorials each week.  If you require special support you can receive such help through our Learning Support Centre, which provides academic coaching for those who need it.

The completion of Functional Skills or GCSE is a compulsory part of the course for those leaners who do not have GCSE English and Maths grade C equivalent

Entry requirements

The College will then arrange for you to come for an interview - please bring your Record of Achievement with you and your latest school report.  You will be told in writing if you have a place.


By continuous assessment with assignments, projects and practical work.  Your programme of work may also include Functional Skills or GCSE examinations in English and Mathematics.

Future opportunities

There are two routes available for students - firstly to progress to the  Level 2 Diploma in Animal Care - alternatively, to progress to work based employment and study for the Level 2 Work Based Animal Care Qualification.  Progression is subject to a good college report on behaviour & attainment along with completion of all qualifications in the year of study and to achieve a Merit in the Level 1 Diploma portfolio.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 19 January 2017
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