About the course
The aim of the qualification is to provide a starting point for people wishing to gain a sound knowledge and skills base within the animal care sector which will allow progression to further learning or qualifications, or into employment opportunities. If you are looking for a practical based course but have little experience with animals, or perhaps you didn't gain the qualification grades you were hoping for, this could be the perfect course for you!
This course is a mainly practical based study programme which includes some classroom based theory learning, in addition to the further development of both English and Maths. You will have the opportunity to develop the necessary skills to assist with the care and health and well-being of a wide range of animals safely and with confidence, including domestic and exotic mammals, reptiles, amphibians, invertebrates, fish and livestock. In addition to developing your practical skills and animal husbandry knowledge, this course aims to develop your confidence working with others and your study skills to prepare you for further study. The course will also include trips to businesses associated with the animal industry, as well as input from visiting speakers and current employers.
Students wishing to study the Level 1 Diploma in Land-based Studies (Animal Care Pathway) require no specific prior qualifications, learning or experience. However, the nature of both the learning and assessment required for the qualification is such that learners will need basic literacy and numeracy skills: i.e. the ability to read and interpret written tasks and to write answers in a legible and understandable form. For this reason we are asking for applicants to hold at least 2 GCSE subjects at grade 2 (GCSE grade E/F), however we are happy to discuss this on a case by case basis at interview.
Level 1 Diploma in Land-based Studies (Animal Care Pathway)
What you'll learn (core modules)
Level 1 Diploma in Land-based Studies (Animal Care Pathway) is a full-time vocational course studied over one year, three days a week.
Topics studied will include:
- Safe and Effective Working Practices
- Developing Performance
- Industrial Experience (work experience placement required)
- Maintaining Health and Wellbeing of Animals
- Handling, Handling and Accommodation of Animals
- Animals in the Wild and in Society
- Feeding and Watering Animals
100 hours of work related experience in an external work experience placement within the Animal Care Sector must be completed to successfully achieve this qualification. 'Routine Duties' are timetabled within the colleges Animal Centre for students to undertake the daily husbandry tasks necessary to provide high standards of animal welfare. These hours can be counted towards the 100 total (a maximum of 70 hours can be claimed) along with trips and guest speaker visits. Areas within the animal care industry that could be approached for work experience could include; veterinary clinics, rescue facilities, kennels/catteries, pet shops, farm parks, zoos, grooming parlours, dog crÃ¨ches etc.
Students that do not hold a grade 4 or above (GCSE grade C+) in GCSE Maths or English will be required to undertake these subjects alongside their Level 1 Diploma in Land-Based Studies (Animal Care Pathway) until those grades are obtained.
Students will be asked to complete an initial assessment for English and Maths for the college to ascertain what level will be best for you to learn.
Benefits, skills and character strengths
You will engage with our internal work experience programme where you will develop your character strengths and overall workplace effectiveness. You will work with other animal care team members to manage our animal collection, providing the highest standard of animal welfare to a range of species and receive regular feedback to develop your technical skill and working performance. You will also engage in some work experience in an external animal related establishment chosen by yourself one day a week.
This course will develop your confidence working with others, communication skills and time management skills, ultimately supporting you with further progression either onto further study or the into the animal care industry.
How will I be assessed?
Students are assessed through a variety of methods, including practical assessments (handling and restraint skills, team building, accommodation cleaning etc.) and written assessments (tests, posters, leaflets, reports etc.) and an online GOLA exam on Health and Safety. Some study at home is essential in order to successfully meet assessment deadlines, however all students will be supported across all aspects of their learning.
Where is the course delivered? (facilities/classrooms)
This course will be delivered within our new Animal Centre based at the colleges main campus in Bury St Edmunds.
Where will the course take me?
Completion of the Level 1 Diploma in Land-based Studies (Animal Care Pathway) students can go straight into industry to jobs such as: Assistant Farm Worker, Assistant Yard Worker, Assistant Kennel/Cattery Worker, Pet Shop Assistant etc.
Alternatively, students may progress onto the Level 2 Technical Certificate in Animal Care or an apprenticeship. Students wishing to progress to the Level 2 Technical Certificate in Animal Care will be asked to meet certain entry criteria which will be explained during the academic year.
Will I need any materials or equipment?
Whilst working with animals it is of upmost importance that you wear Personal Protective Equipment to protect yourself and the animals.
To work safely within our Animal Centre and with our animals we ask that you wear;
- Navy veterinary style tunic
- Navy over trousers
- Steel toe capped boots
You are welcome to purchase your steel toe capped boots from any shop you wish (Screwfix, Amazon, eBay, Sports Direct etc.) but your tunic and over trousers will need to be purchased from Salon Wear Direct. Further information regarding how to order the tunic and over trousers will be issued to you during the colleges induction week.
How much will it cost?
The Personal Protective Equipment required for the course costs approximately £60 (£40 for the tunic and over trousers).
- A4 lever arch file
- Plastic 'poly pockets'
- A4 lined paper â€“ refill pad
- Highlighter pens
- Colouring pens/pencils
I'm interested. What should I do now?
You are welcome to apply online where you will be invited for an interview at with a member of the Animal Studies course team. However, if you would like the opportunity the see the campus sooner and discuss your options please visit us on one of the colleges open events.
Days & times
Starting September 2019