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Level 1 Diploma in Animal Care

This introductory course is ideal for those who have a real interest and passion for animal care and want to work within this industry.

You'll be working in our indoor and outdoor animal units, learning about animal species, how to feed and water animals as well as exercising them.

When will I start the course and how long will it take?

The course will start in September and will take one year to complete.

What will I study?

During this course you will gain an understanding of the various aspects of animal management through a number of units such as:

  • Introduction to animal care
  • Building confidence; working with animals
  • Care of animals
  • Assisting with the care of animals
  • Handling animals
  • Assisting with the maintenance and cleaning of animal accommodation
  • Maintaining animal accommodation
  • Assist with the maintenance and cleaning of animal accommodation
  • Developing own interpersonal skills
  • Time management skills
  • Health and safety awareness in the working environment
  • Work-based placement
  • Creating a tailored CV
  • Interview skills

How is it assessed?

During your course, you will be assessed by a combination of workbook completion, practical observations, oral presentations and poster work.

Do I need any previous qualifications to start this course?

You should have five GCSEs at grade 2 (equivalent to grade E) or above, including English or maths.

English and maths forms an important part of your future, ensuring you achieve the best success in your chosen career. As part of your study programme, you will work towards achieving your qualifications in English and maths.

What are the course fees?

If you are a school leaver, aged 16-18, (under the age of 19 on or before 31st August 2018), you do not pay tuition fees or examination and registration fees and may be eligible for additional support depending on your financial situation. For more information, please click here.

For adult students aged 19+, course fees are dependent on your personal circumstances and you may be eligible for funding. More information can be provided upon application. For more information on financial support that may be available, please click here.

What can I go on to do once I have completed this course?

This course is your first stepping stone to a great career with animals.

Once you've completed it, you'll be able to take the next step and move onto our level 2 course. You could even look for a job in a junior role within the animal industry.

Ref: Lyndsey Cooper

Related Occupations

Knowsley Safari Park
Pets at home
Merseyside Dogs Home

Why study Animal Management with us?

Onsite Animal Units

Our indoor and outdoor animal units house mammals, reptiles, birds and other exotic creatures.

Progression Routes

Your course can help you to secure a place at university or a job in the industry.

Industry Links

We have lots of industry links with Dogs Trust, Knowsley Safari and many more!

Industry Experts

Our tutors are experienced industry experts and passionate about Animal Management.

The Dog Studio

We have a fully equipped, commercial dog grooming unit on site.

Interactive Learning

Your learning is very interactive and engaging as you work with over 50 different animal species.