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Animal Management- Level 1 Diploma - Plumpton 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

Facility Fee:

  • Cost for day students- £120 per year
  • Cost for residential students- £200 per year

The facility fee is applicable to all our full time FE students and this is paid annually before you arrive for your enrolment and induction. This fee assists in providing non-educational facilities which include security, sports amenities, membership of the Sports and Social Club, minibuses, Wi Fi access, television room, on-site medical support and free car parking subject to availability.

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 additoinal 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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    • The main Plumpton College site is located at the foot of the picturesque South Downs National Park. Six miles from Lewes, the County Town of East Sussex.

      The College specialises in providing a wide range of land-based courses in partnership with schools, for those in further education and for those in higher education. The College degree courses are validated by the University of Brighton.

      The range of courses cover all land-based provision including Agriculture, Horticulture, Floristry, Equine, Agricultural and Horticultural Machinery, Metalsmithing, Animal Care, Countryside Management, Forestry and Arboriculture, Sports (Outdoor Adventure) and Wine and Viticulture.