Level 1 Diploma in Animal Care (Adult Course)

This course is suitable for students aged 19 and over.

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

The course takes place at St Helens College, STEM Centre Campus, St Helens, WA9 1TT.

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
  • Assisting with the maintenance and cleaning of animal accommodation
  • Developing your 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 do not need any formal qualifications, just passion and a commitment to your studies.

What are the course fees?

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 visit our dedicated Adult Financial support page.

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 have completed it, you'll be able to take the next step and move on to the level 2 Extended Certificate in Animal Management. You could even look for a job in a junior role within the industry.

I'm interested in this course, what do I do next?

If you would like any further information in relation to this course, please contact our enquiries team directly on 0800 99 66 99 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or drop into our next Enrolment and Information Event. Alternatively, submit an application form to secure a place.

Programmes funded by the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority's Adult Education Budget are available to study here. Please visit Student Services for further information about the financial support available to you.

Ref: Vicky Kelly

Knowsley Safari Park
Pets at home
Merseyside Dogs Home

Inspiring Success


“My passion for working with animals and educating others about wildlife is what drives me to work in the industry.”

Skott, Level 3 Extended Diploma

Read Skott's full story
More Successes

Related Occupations

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.