Introduction to Animal Care (Level 1)

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Interview RequiredStart DateEnd DateDayStart TimeEnd TimeDurationExam FeeMaterials Fee19+ Tuition Fee24+ Tuition Fee
YesSeptJulyMon - Fri09:0016:001 year£65.00£1,500.00

Starts: September
Duration: 1 year full-time
Available at: Brooks Farm, Crystal Palace, Enfield, and Gunnersbury Park

If you have any questions about this course, please call us on 0303 003 1234 or email Elaine Watson.

This introductory course will give you the basic knowledge required when caring for animals and the opportunity to gain practical skills. You will:

  • develop practical experience looking after animals: feeding, handling, health checking and maintaining their accommodation
  • learn how to work with and handle animals safely
  • learn how to keep animals healthy and spot signs of ill health
  • study the conservation of wild animals and the variety of ways we work with animals in society
  • complete a work experience placement.

The course is ideal for young people who prefer practical learning and adults who are looking for a new career. The support and guidance received on this course will help build your confidence and enable progression to the next level.

Entry requirements:
You will need at least one of the following:

  • at least 2 GCSEs or equivalent
  • relevant prior learning or experience gained in an appropriate professional environment will be considered
  • enthusiasm for working with animals
  • you will be encouraged to attend our Summer School.

You will be asked to attend an interview to explore your interests, experience and ambitions and complete a screening test so that we can help you study. References are also considered.

We want all of our students to maximise their personal development and prospects for employment or further study. While on your course you will continue to build skills relevant to work and study on our Skills Development programmes, which may include English, maths or computer skills.

What next after your course?
Successful completion of this course will enable you to progress to an Animal Care Diploma (Level 2), Dog Grooming Assistant Certificate (Level 2) or an Intermediate Apprenticeship in Animal Care (Level 2).

Last updated: 05 June 2017