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Animal Care - Level 1 Diploma in Land-based Studies - Animal Care (for students aged 14-16) at Wakefield College

Course description

You can take advantage of our specialist facilities for the study of animal care. Our animal care teaching team is made up of experts in a variety of fields including veterinary nursing, care of exotic species, animal breeding, animal science and conservation.
We have a permanent collection of exotic and mammalian species and a number of breeding programmes. 

Course content

What you will study

Modules studied may include:
• safe and effective working practices in land-based industries
• develop performance in land-based industries
• assist with maintaining the health and wellbeing of animals
• assist with the movement, handling and accommodation of animals
• introduction to wildlife and conservation
• animals in the wild and in society
• industrial experience in land-based industries
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 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 the majority of university courses require you to have Maths and English GCSEs at A*-C. This is why the development of Maths and English is so important, whatever your field of study.

How you will learn

You will study in a realistic animal care environment that includes a range of small mammals and exotic animals, and take part in visits and field trips to access a larger variety of animals.

Entry requirements

Predicted grades 3-9 at GCSE
Minimum Entry Level 3 in English and Maths or equivalent
A good reference from Head of Year 10 or Headteacher


How you will be assessed

There is an online, multiple choice test for one of the units while 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

Please contact the 14-16 Unit at Wakefield College for details: Tel - 01924 789742 or by email -

Future opportunities

Further study

This qualification will provide opportunities for employment as a pet store assistant, cattery or kennel assistant, stable hand, wildlife rehabilitator or charity animal care assistant. 

Career opportunities

You can progress to our Level 2 Diploma in Animal Care, followed by the Level 3 Extended Diploma in Animal Management in partnership with Askham Bryan.

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: 26 July 2018
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