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Animal, equine and countryside - Diploma in Land-based Studies (Animal Care) level 1 at Kirklees College, Huddersfield Centre

Course description

You will gain an introduction to animal care and countryside studies.

Course content

Gain an introduction to animal and land based studies, ready for progression onto one of our Level 2 programmes.

You will cover:

• Care of animals

• Farm animal health

• Handling animals

• Propagation of plants

• Feeding and watering

• Small animal health

You will have the opportunity to take part in a number of curriculum trips to zoos and wildlife centres.

Entry requirements

A minimum of 4 GCSE’s with the following grades:

English at 2 and maths at 1 or above, and 2 other GCSE’s grade E or above


• A minimum of four GCSEs grade E or above including English language, and maths at grade F or above, or

You must have a keen interest in working with animals or the environment.


Assessment is continuous with:

  • written assignments, and
  • practical work.

Financial information

As a full time student you should not need to pay any course or examination fees (under 19).

There may be a cost for equipment, educational visits, printing etc.

Future opportunities

BTEC Diploma in Animal Care, BTEC Diploma in Horse Care level 2, or BTEC Diploma in Countryside and Environment level 2.

If you have previous experience working in either animal care or other land-based sectors you could use this programme as a stepping stone to re-enter work.

Further information
01484 437070

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How to apply

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Last updated date: 04 October 2017
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 year


  • More information
    • The award-winning eco-friendly Taylor Hill Centre houses the college's animal care and countryside management courses.

      The £1.6m development features a turf roof, wind turbine and solar wall.

      The centre has a tropical butterfly habitat, beehives, extensive outdoor facilities and wildlife ponds.