Introduction to Animal Care (Level 1)

Course overview

This introductory hands-on course will provide you with the skills, knowledge, and experience to progress onto our Level 2 courses or to introduce you to a practical role in the animal care industry.

Over the course of the year, you will study a range of interesting topics including assisting with handling and restraint of animals, assisting with the set-up of animal accommodation and, assisting with the feeding and watering of a range of animals.

You will learn

  • How to look after animals through practical experience
  • The correct ways to work with and handle animals safely
  • Animal health and learn how to spot signs of ill health
  • The conservation of wild animals
  • Work-based skills in a work experience placement
Qualification

Diploma in Land-based Studies – City and Guilds
Reference: 6033597X

At least two GCSEs at grade 2 and above (E and above). Maths and English GCSE or Functional Skills at grade E3 or above. Before you start your course, if you are aged between 16 and 18 years, you will be required to attend a fun and practical two-day preparation workshop where you will meet your tutors and other students on your course. Further details will be provided at the point of an offer being made.

Successful completion of this course will enable you to progress to an Animal Care Diploma (Level 2), Agriculture Diploma (Level 2), or our Dog Grooming Assistant Certificate (Level 2).

Rachel’s story

Rachel began her studies with Capel Manor College on a foundation learning course, she then progressed onto animal care and management, studying Introduction to Animal Care (Level 1), the Animal Care Diploma (Level 2) and Animal Management Advanced Diploma (Level 3). Rachel is now undertaking a foundation degree in animal management and zoology. Rachel’s story