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Land-based Studies (Animal Care) - C&G Level 1 Diploma at East Durham College

Course description

You will cover a mixture of theory and practical topics and get hands-on experience working in the Houghall animal unit. The unit houses a variety of animals from rabbits and guinea pigs, exotics, small 'furries', cats, dogs and ferrets. You will also have opportunity to learn new skills working on the farm at Houghall with a variety of different breeds of sheep, pigs and cows. Throughout the year you will cover a mixture of theory and practical activities and will collect evidence to demonstrate the skills that you are gaining. This work will then be used to build a portfolio of evidence for the course. The course will also give you an opportunity to learn valuable employability skills.

Course content


Topics covered in the course include: maths & English, work experience and safe working practices, assisting with animal feeding and accommodation, farm livestock, animal exercise, and small animal husbandry.


Entry requirements

Minimum of 3 GCSEs or equivalent (Progress to functional skills (Entry 3) Progression entry - An Entry 3 qualification (Minimum entry 2 maths and English).


You will be assessed throughout the course with written tasks and practical activities. There is also a multiple choice test on safe working and health and safety.

Financial information

If you have been a UK resident for the past 3 years and are under the age of 19 on the 31st August, you will not usually need to pay any course fees.

Future opportunities

Following successful completion of this course you may gain employment in the land-based sector as a kennel assistant, assistant dog groomer, or retail assistant in a pet store. Progression to the Level 2 Diploma in Animal Care or an apprenticeship in the animal care industry may also be an option to enable you to gain more experience working hands-on.

Further information

Following successful completion of the course, progression options include the Level 2 Diploma in Animal Care, Level 2 Diploma for Veterinary Care Assistants, Level 2 Work-based Diploma in Environmental Conservation, and Level 2 Diploma in Horse Care.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 11 April 2016
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    • The College's Houghall Campus is located on the outskirts of Durham City centre. The Campus has an excellent reputation for a range of land based studies and is highly regarded amongst those within land based industries. The campus has excellent facilities including an arboretum, pinetum, working farm, stables and a specialist small animal care unit, all set amongst stunning grounds and countryside. These coupled with outstanding lecturers who share a passion for the outdoors, students with an interest in land based studies can be assured they have come to the right place.