Skills covered during the course include assisting with everyday feeding and watering duties, animal health and wellbeing, handling and restraining animals, working safely within the workplace and cleaning out and maintaining animal accommodation. You
will also investigate animals in the wild - studying wildlife, species development and exotic zoo species.
While some time will be spent in the classroom, the majority of time will be spent in the College’s purpose built Animal Academy developing practical skills. This will involve working with a whole range of different animals from fish and reptiles
to goats, sheep, pigs and Shetland ponies.
The course is designed so that students can progress at their own speed while learning the basics of the subject. Extra support is also available through our Learning Support and Welfare teams which can be discussed at interview.
This qualification provides a foundation of study from which students can progress to an Intermediate qualification such as the BTEC Level 2 Diploma in Animal Care.
In addition to obtaining the main Level 1 Diploma qualification, students also undertake a range of enrichment activities as well as the ASDAN Level 1 Certificate of Personal Effectiveness. This popular course introduces new activities that develop skills
in a wide range of areas, including communication, citizenship,
environmental awareness and healthy living.
Students are normally aged 16 or over and have an interest in the subject. These courses give a practical introduction to a particular subject area. No previous qualifications are required.