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Animal Care Level 1 at Isle of Wight College

Course description

For students who may not hold any recognised qualifications but are keen to start a career in animal care.

Course content

This course is designed for those who are interested in careers working with animals but who cannot access the Level 2 course. Students work is heavily based in practical skills, they will encounter a massive variety of species from small mammals to tarantulas.

Students will have the opportunity to develop specialist interests over time such as Reptile Handling or Wildlife Management. Literacy and Numeracy skills development is embedded throughout the course as well as ICT skills.

This course is suitable for students who enjoy being around animals and who are enthusiastic and prepared to work hard both physically and mentally. Your progress will be monitored partly over the internet as you build an online portfolio on your own website. Each student will follow an Individual Learning Plan giving each individual the opportunity to achieve their own potential.

The course is a general introduction to Land-based studies so will also include a large amount of Horticulture and Conservation work.

Entry requirements

No formal qualifications are required. Students will need to show an interest in working in this area. Good references from school and or an employer are also considered to be important. Students should be working at Entry Level 3 to Level 1.


Interviews for Level 1 Animal Care (after introduction by section leader) typically revolve around their career interests and how the candidate will get the necessary qualifications, prior experience keeping pets and any volunteer or work experience. Qualifications the candidate has or is currently working towards and how they work in different situations and with others. We also talk about animals the candidate particularly likes (or dislikes!) and experiences they are looking forward to.

There will be combination of written projects and outside practical work. You will often work as a group, so you should be able to get along with other people and also take some responsibility for getting on with tasks.

All students will be working towards a qualification in their chosen field of interest.

Future opportunities

Once you have completed Level 1 Animal Care and depending on the levels attained in English and Maths, you may qualify to study a Level 2 Diploma in Animal Care course the following year.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Isle of Wight College directly.

Last updated date: 18 January 2016
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