Foundation Level 1

Animal Care

with Certificate option

This course introduces you to a variety of animal care methods and is designed to give you a real insight into the animal care industry. You’ll be introduced to a range of animals, from those on our college farm to exotic reptiles housed in our licensed teaching zoo.

With lots of practical and work related skills sessions, you’ll learn the basics of feeding, handling and safely transporting animals.

Course includes

What will I study?

  • Reptile handling
  • Companion animal handling
  • Receiving and storing feeds
  • Transportation of animals
  • Health and Safety
  • Workskills including preparation for interview
  • Work experience
  • Personal development classes
  • Job applications and course applications
  • You will undertake a 2-3 week work placement
  • Functional Skills or GCSE in English and Maths depending on previous qualifications

How long will it take?

  • 1 year, full-time

What qualifications do I need to start?

  • You do not need any formal entry requirements to enrol on this course

What qualifications will I gain?

Course options after this programme

Career options

  • Kennel or cattery assistant
  • Pet store assistant
  • Rescue centre assistant
  • General farm worker
  • Dog grooming
Useful information

How much will this course cost?

If you are under 19 on 31st August 2018 the tuition fees and exam costs are free for our courses. If you are aged 19 or over you may have to pay a fee.

You may also be required to pay costs associated with study tours or additional qualifications.

For more information on fees and to find out about what financial support may be available to you visit the student finance pages on our website.


Our college buses pick up over 1,400 students each day from a wide area. From September 2018 all college bus routes to Reaseheath will be FREE. To find a bus route near you visit the transport pages on our website.


At Reaseheath we have on-site residential accommodation for 785 students. If you are aged over 16 and studying on a full-time course you may apply for a residential place. Visit the accommodation pages on our website for more information.

How do I apply?

If you have found a course you are interested in and are in Year 11 or above you can apply now online. For a step by step guide on the application process visit the how to apply pages on our website.

Frequently Asked Questions

You can find out more information about this course on our FAQs page.

Student Profile
Emily Rose

Ambition: Animal welfare lawyer / marine biologist

School: Ashton on Mersey Sports College, Sale

Age: 17

Although Emily is aiming high, she decided to begin on a Level 1 course to learn all she can about the care of animals.

She’s enjoyed her introduction to our farm stock and has been hands-on helping to care for our cows, pigs and sheep and preparing for our lambing weekends. Adding to her base of knowledge, she’s also learned about the varying needs of many of our zoo residents, ranging from exotics and companion animals to fish, invertebrates and reptiles. A highlight was feeding our friendly ring tailed lemur family.

Emily has now begun her Level 2 Diploma in Animal Care and aims to move up to Level 3 and beyond. Initially a hairdressing apprentice, she’s really glad that she’s decided on a complete change of career.

Hearing about our college from friends who were already enjoying student life here, Emily says: “Reaseheath is great because you have so many friends around you and there’s always something to do. I love the student socials and the summer and Christmas balls. The RAG activities are awesome too. It’s a really happening place.”