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Small Animal Care and Horticulture RSW Diploma Level 1 at Boston College

Course description

This course combines a basic introduction to small animal care and horticulture with work experience. You will study many areas including: small animal health check, assist with feeding a small animals, groom a small animal, assist with the care of animals, assist with preparation of plants, developing practical skills for maintaining plants, introduction to ground preparation, assist with propagation of plants, prepare and plant a container, preparation for work, plan and participate in an event, career progression, working as a part of a group and welcoming visitors. 

This course will help you to gain the skills you need to work in small animal care and horticulture areas. 

As a RSW small animal and horticulture learner you will have access to our green house facilities, vegetable patch, poly tunnel and on site bespoke animal care unit.

Course content

This course will give you an overview of the tasks involved with the care of small animals, moving animals, feeding and watering, cleaning and preparing accommodation for the animals and an opportunity to work in horticulture industry. You may also get an opportunity to visit local and regional businesses to observe and gain experience in the industry. 

Guest speakers from industry may also come and speak to you to give you an insight into the different jobs and careers you could progress to. 

You will study the Level 1 BTEC Diploma in Vocational Studies and be encouraged to develop your employability skills including time management, communication skills, research skills and teamwork. As a part of the course you will gain a valuable work experience which will be arranged by the College.

Entry requirements

There are no formal entry qualifications for this course.


This course is a combination of both practical and theory. You will learn and be assessed by completing either practical or scenario based activities and by writing assignments. These assignment activities will develop your practical skills from a variety of small animal care and horticulture areas. 

Assessments could include: Functional Skills exams, Production of a Portfolio (written, videoed, audio recorded), Case Studies, and Role Play.

Future opportunities

The course will give you the equivalent of 4 GCSE’s at D-G grade. 

This would give you the opportunity to progress to other courses within the College at Level 1 or 2, an apprenticeship or employment .

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 09 February 2017

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