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Land-based Studies Level 1 - Animal Care Diploma at Northumberland College

Course description

This course is for anyone who would like an introduction to the animal care industry. It is suitable for pre-16s, school leavers, or adults looking for either progression or a change in career.

Course content

You will study maintaining animal health and welfare, undertaking practical animal feeding, maintaining animal accommodation, undertaking work related experience in the land based sector, understanding the basic principles of animal biology, introduction to the principles and practices of animal behaviour and handling and contributing to the nursing of animals.

Entry requirements

You will need to have a standard of general education and competence to benefit from and succeed on the course. Assessment of suitability is likely to be based upon interview.


Your progress will be assessed by a multiple choice test, externally set assignments and by building a portfolio of evidence.

Future opportunities

After completing the course you could progress into employment or onto a level 2 qualification.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 16 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