Foundation Level 1

Animal Care

This course introduces you to a variety of animal care methods and is designed to give you a real introduction 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.

What will I study?

  • Reptile handling
  • Companion animal handling
  • Receiving and storing feeds
  • Transportation of animals
  • Health and Safety
  • Job applications and course applications
  • You will complete a 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 exam passes to start but you do need to be at entry level 3 in literacy and numeracy
  • You will have at least one interview and an assessment of your literacy and numeracy and support needs before you are offered a place

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 assistant