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Animal Management- L1 City and Guild's Diploma - Netherfield at Plumpton College

Course description

If you’re leaving school, this course is a fantastic introduction to animal care that you’ll really enjoy. You’ll get to experience lots of practical animal handling at our excellent Animal Care unit at Plumpton.

The course will cover all areas of animal care, plus you’ll be able to develop your functional and personal development skills. You’ll learn lots of essential study skills and invaluable employment skills to help you in your future roles.

Course content

Core Units
  • Maintain the safety of self and others in the workplace
  • Maintenance of equipment
  • Care of animals
  • Feedstuffs for small animals
  • Animal accommodation
  • Movement and handling of small animals
  • English & Maths
Main Units
  • Check that a small animal is healthy
  • Catching and restraining a small animal
  • Working in a team
  • Groom a small animal

Entry requirements


  • You’ll need to have achieved 1 or more GCSEs between Grade E-G (new grades 2-1) or another related Entry Level 3 qualification
  • Completion of the Rural Pathways programme and a strong interest in agriculture
  • Successful completion of a Level 1 course in another area
  • Mature students without the above requirements will be considered 


Students will undertake a range of units which cover essential aspects of animal care, working and employment skills, functional skills and personal development skills. The programme is continually assessed via practical activities and written work, which are recorded in a student maintained portfolio.

Financial information

Tuition Fee:

  • 16-18 exempt

Assessment Fee:

  • 16-18 exempt

Future opportunities

Future Opportunities

  • After completing your course, you can choose to go on to study a Level 2 animal care programme at Plumpton or an apprenticeship.
  • Alternatively you’ll have the skills to take on a role in animal husbandry, exercise or feeding of companion animals. 

Further information

Course duration is 3 days per week over 1 year. An additional day may be required for Maths and English.



You’ve got a fantastic animal management unit to discover here at Plumpton where you’ll be able to experience the latest technology and equipment. Each of the different animals requires a certain level of care so you’ll be able to experience managing different environments.

  • All types of animal care management

We cater for an extensive range of animals: from amphibians to birds, fish to livestock, mammals to reptiles.

  • Extensive farming facilities for you to discover

You’ll be able to develop invaluable practical handling skills at our Plumpton College farm site which manages a huge range of livestock. 

  • The perfect learning environment for your studies

We’ve got great facilities for you to work in and develop your practical skills no matter what course you’re studying.

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: 17 November 2017
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    • Plumpton College at Netherfield is situated in the east of the County of East Sussex and provides a range of courses and experience to students from the Hastings and Rother areas.

      Provision is based on a small farm called Ivyland Farm and ranges from Entry level courses through to Level 2 and apprentices.  Many students attending Ivyland Farm progress to the main site to further their studies.

      Entry 1 level provision enables 19+ students with learning disabilities the opportunity to grow vegetables and plants which are sold at open days and are also used in the onsite café. Students also look after goats, chickens, ducks and rare breeds of pigs.

      Entry 2 to Level 2 provision enables students to study either through day release from schools or full time in a range of subjects including agriculture, conservation, small animals and horticulture.