The Course

The course will provide you with a broad range of knowledge and understanding about a wide range of animals, whilst preparing you for possible progression onto another course at the college, or into employment.

It is designed to serve the needs of all aspects of the animal sector, including companion animals, feeding and watering of animals including aspects of animal linked to the animal management industry and provide the basis for progression into further training, technical and practical skills you will need in your career. You will also have the opportunity to gain vital work experience in local animal business to develop industry knowledge and skills, try out the career you have set your sights on.

You will have the exciting opportunity to work with a range of species in our highly prized and industry-relevant animal unit, including; cockroaches and crickets, to tortoises in our new Chelonian room, to meerkats, skunks and more. Developing animal handling and husbandry skills and building knowledge about each species you work within their specialist environments.

  • What You Study

    • Introduction to the Land Based industry
    • Accommodation Theory
    • Accommodation and Feeding Practical
    • Feed and water theory
    • Handling Animals Theory
    • Handling Animals Practical
    • Health and Welfare Theory
    • Health and Welfare Practical
    • Maintain and develop personal performance
    • Provide controlled exercise theory
    • Provide controlled exercise practical
    • English and Maths, as required.
  • Entry Requirements

    Four GCSEs at grade 2 / 3 or equivalent, or a relevant Level 1 qualification. A satisfactory reference is also needed.

  • Duration

    One year study programme.

  • Progression

    Possible progression onto another course at the college on an individual basis, or into employment.

  • Careers

    The practical skills and knowledge that are consolidated throughout the course put you in good stead for joining the animal industry with a strong work ethic and reputation behind you. You will be equipped to seek out a career working in commercial kennels, animal rescue centres, and animal collections, or self-employed as a dog walker, pet sitter, dog groomer or running animal parties.


  • How To Apply

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

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