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Animal Care (Beginner) - Level 1


This course is ideal for learners who are starting out the animal care sector. 

As well as studying a range of skills related to the care and welfare of animals, it will build your self-confidence and improve on your personal and social development skills.

Providing the opportunity to work with a wide-range of animals, this course will teach you the key skills needed to with animals of shapes and sizes. Our exclusive partnership with White Post Farm will develop your understanding of working with larger animals and the day-to-day running of a farm or animal business. On-site, you will have the responsibility of caring for small mammals and reptiles, including taking part in our Learning Company which provided puppy training to the local community.

Offering great opportunity and clear path for progression, this is a great first step for working towards a career in animal care.

Start dates and fees

Start DateDurationCodeAnnual Fee (Age)Actions
16-18over 19
Sep 20221 yr(s)1668A1006FREE£500.00** EApply

E You may be eligible for fee exemption depending on your circumstances. Please see our adult finance and funding page for more information.

What will I study?

  • Safe and effective working practices in the land-based industry
  • Assisting with maintaining the health and well-being of animals
  • Assisting with the movement, handling and accommodation of animals
  • Assisting with feeding, watering and exercising of animals
  • Assertiveness and decision making skills
  • Searching and applying for a job
  • Working as part of a team
  • Recognising types and parts of the body of small animals
  • Clean farm animal housing.

Entry requirements

  • A minimum of four GCSEs at grade 2 including English language and maths.
  • Satisfactory completion of an initial assessment.

Applicants aged over 19:

  • If you do not have the entry requirements listed above you may still be accepted to study if you can provide relevant experience, a strong portfolio of work and a commitment to the subject.

Study programmes - essential skills for employment

As an entry requirement on some of our courses, you will need a GCSE in both English and maths with at least a grade 4/C (please see entry requirements above).

If this isn’t displayed under the entry requirements and you don’t currently have a GCSE in both English and maths at grade 4/C or above before joining us, you will then study English and maths as part of your programme with the aim of achieving a qualification with at least a grade 4/C. This is to help improve your chances of employment once you leave us.

In addition, to help you gain essential skills for employment, all students aged 19 and under and studying a full-time course with us will take part in our study programmes.

How long is the course?

1 year.

How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed on your portfolio work and through practical assessment.

What does the course lead to?

Upon completion you could gain employment in a role related to the skills and knowledge you develop on the course.

What can I progress onto?

  • AIM Diploma in Animal Care (Intermediate)  - Level 2
  • An apprenticeship


How do I apply?

Apply online

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