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Animal Care - Level 1 Diploma in Land-Based Studies at Wakefield College

Course description

There are many ways of working with animals. This course provides experience of working with and caring for a range of animals.  Most of the practical activities take place at Wakefield College‚Äôs animal unit, supported by basic background theory, but there will also be visits and field trips to access a larger variety of animals.

There are progression opportunities onto either a Level 2 Practical Animal Skills Certificate or a Level 2 Technical Certificate in Animal Care at Wakefield College.

Course content

The course is made up of 7 Units delivered over 1 year

These are made up of:

  • Practical experience of handling, feeding, accommodating and caring for a range of animals
  • Learning skills to work in the animal care industry including teamwork, completion of tasks using the correct equipment and independence and intuitive  when working with animals
  • Understanding terminology relating to classifying animals
    Introduction to wildlife

Maths and English are key elements of any full-time programme of study in College. If you do not already have a GCSE at grade A*-C (9-1) in these subjects, you will need to attend sessions allocated on your timetable. These are varied and designed to cater for all ability levels. You will receive advice and guidance regarding the correct level for you.

Skills in Maths and English will support your full-time course, assisting you with assignment writing, research, job applications, presentations, managing your own finances and interpretation of data, to mention just a few. They will also help you in the future. Most employers are looking for ability in these areas and require you to have Maths and English GCSEs at A*-C (9-1)   This is why the development of Maths and English is so important, whatever your field of study

Entry requirements

3 GCSEs at A*-G (or new grade 9-1)


There is an online, multiple choice test for one of the units the remaining units will have observed or written assessments.  These could be in the form of posters, leaflets, completing assignment tasks or answering questions.


Financial information

Tuition and certification are free if you are aged 16-18 years old. Related additional costs may include materials, equipment, visits, residential etc. which are payable by all students.

Any student entered/registered with an Awarding Body who has been given free entry and then withdraws or is withdrawn by a tutor will incur the certification fee associated with the course. Any re-sit examination will incur a cost.

Different fees apply to international students.

For more detailed information on financial support and fees for students aged 19+ contact the Financial Support Team on 01924 789304.

Future opportunities

Further study

Progression to the Level 2 Technical Certificate in Animal Care at Wakefield College 

Career opportunities

This qualification will provide opportunities for employment in any of the following sectors:
* Pet Store Assistant
* Cattery or Kennel Assistant
* Stable Hand
* Wildlife Rehabilitator
* Charity Animal Care Assistant

Further information

If you require further information please contact: The Course Information Team on 01924 789111

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How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 16 May 2018
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