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Animal Care Diploma

Level 1


Key Info

Learning Area   Animal Management & Veterinary Nursing
Delivery Mode   Full-time
Duration   1 Year
Course Code   10063-DRW-22,10149-DSC-22

Dates & Locations

Course Type   16-19, Adult
Location   Duchy College Rosewarne
Start Date   05/09/2022

Course Type   16-19, Adult
Location   Duchy College Stoke Climsland
Start Date   06/09/2022

If you are interested in working with animals and are considering working in this rewarding and varied industry, the Level 1 Land-based Operations course is for you.

As you study you will learn, develop and practice skills required for employment and/or career progression in the Land-based sector and gain valuable transferable skills. Throughout the course you will be challenged, but the team of dedicated tutors will support you every step of the way to explore where you might want your career path to take you.

The Level 1 Diploma also offers the opportunity to improve on your GCSE grades in Maths and English if you want to gain a higher grade. This could assist you to progress onto a Level 2 programme or Apprenticeship.

At Duchy College, Rosewarne.
The Animal Care Unit is a wonderful learning environment and offers practical and theory sessions which are taught using the on-site facilities which are truly amazing. You will work in groups and complete practical tasks, under supervision, working on the College Campus with the wide range of animals in the Animal Unit. The animals you will be working with range from Large animals (Goats, Donkeys, pigs etc), Small animals (Rabbits, Guinea pigs, Chinchillas, Degus, Hamsters, Mice etc), Birds (Finches, Parakeets, Quails etc) and Exotics including (Reptiles, Amphibians and fish) so you can see there is literally something for everyone. You will also have the opportunity to learn about growing food plants, making use of the College’s diverse facilities.

At Duchy College Stoke Climsland
We have a large range of animals at the college including rabbits and guinea pigs, goats, pigs, and rodents. We also have snakes, lizards, amphibians as well as fish. Alongside practical lessons your theory lessons in the classroom will include Health and Safety, preparing to work in Land-based industry, assist with the health and well-being of animals, introduction to wildlife and conservation, assist with feeding and watering animals, assist with the preparation and maintenance of animal accommodation and assist with the handling and restraint of animals. All units are designed to give you the basic skills needed to care for a range of animals. Our animal care unit has been built to provide an environment for students to be able to learn the basics of animal care replicating industry standards. Our lecturers have background knowledge and experience in the animal care industry and are passionate about sharing this with students.

During the course there will be guest speakers to share their knowledge and experience to enhance your learning and personal development. You will also have the opportunity to visit some animal establishments to see how your learning can be put into practice in the world of work.

  What You Will Learn

Learn the basic skills to start your career working with animals, there will be the possibility of progression to Level 2 on completion of this course. You will study how to care for small mammals, birds and farm animals, handle and feed animals, clean their accommodation and carry out basic health care.

This course includes plenty of practical hands-on sessions tobuild those all-important practical skills.

  Entry Requirements

GCSE English and maths at grade 2, or equivalent qualifications at Entry Level 3.

  Work Experience

As part of Level 1 Diploma you will be required to complete 60 hrs of work experience in an industry placement. This will enable you to apply the skills and knowledge in the work place and consolidate the lessons in the practical arena. You will develop specific skills and broaden your employability portfolio whilst working in your placement. In addition to enhancing your understanding of your subject, you will also develop essential life skills whilst working with others to communicate confidently and effectively to care for the animals that you are responsible for.


Successful completion of the Level 1 Diploma in Land-Based Studies in Animal Care offers you the exciting opportunity to progress on to the Level 2 courses at the College where you could continue to develop your knowledge and gain higher qualifications. There is also an Apprenticeship programme within the Animal Care industry which is an excellent way to earn whilst learning in your chosen field.




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