The Course

This is a highly practical course that allows you to develop the core skills needed to work with animals within the animal care industry.

You will be working on the college’s specialist Animal Management Unit, learning how to care for a wide variety of animals. This course features a range of practical and classroom study and will provide you with the skills needed to continue on to the next level of study or go straight into employment.

  • What You Study

    • Animal health
    • Husbandry
    • Accommodation
    • Feeding
    • Work experience and employability skills
    • Health and safety
    • Personal and social development
    • English and Maths, as required.
  • Entry Requirements

    There are no formal entry requirements, though a genuine interest in the subject is essential.

    Students must provide a satisfactory reference and show enthusiasm and commitment at interview.

  • Duration

    One year full-time, normally in college three days a week.

  • Progression

    Students can progress to one of the Level 2 Animal Care or Horse Care courses at the college.

  • Careers

    Work as a Pet Shop Assistant, Kennels Assistant, Catteries Assistant, Volunteering, and many more. 

  • Equipment Required

    For your course, you will need:

    • Folder with dividers to organise your work and assignments
    • Stationery including notepad for use in class, pens and pencils
    • College-branded blue kennel coat
    • Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) – including steel toe capped footwear (boots, shoes, or wellies)
    • Waterproof outdoor clothing and footwear (for work experience).

  • How to Apply

    Application is via our online application form or by the Common Application Process (CAP).

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