Learn the basic skills to start your career working with animals on our Level 1 Animal Care course. If your GCSEs were not what you expected, this course is an ideal starting point in order to progress onto Level 2.
You will learn the basic skills and knowledge associated with animal care working with a wide range of animals including: feeding, cleaning and exercising and general care. Our campuses are also home to a large variety of animals which include bearded dragons, snakes, pigs, tortoises, rats, rabbits, donkeys, poultry and cattle.
Caring for animals can be an extremely fulfilling and rewarding career. From working in kennels and catteries to pet shops, rescue centres or sanctuaries, there is a wide range of careers available on successful completion of your course. With access to animal collections on campus you will gain the practical training you need to pursue a career in this exciting industry.
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You are passionate about working with animals.
GCSE English and maths at grade 2, or equivalent qualifications at Entry Level 3.
Learn the basic skills to start your career working with animals,
there will be the possibility of progression to Level 2 on
completion of this course. You will study how to care for small
mammals, birds and farm animals, handle and feed animals,
clean their accommodation and carry out basic health care.
This course includes plenty of practical hands-on sessions to
build those all-important practical skills.
To study functional skills or GCSEs in English and mathematics. You’ll also develop your employability skills at college and in a work placement.
The chance to develop good practical skills with a range of animal species.
Continue your studies on a full-time course, such as our Animal Care Level 2, Zoo Animal Care Level 2, or an Animal Care Apprenticeship.
Faye Archell Programme Manager - Animal Management
Faye spent some time working as an aquarist at Southend Sea Life Centre after gaining a degree in Wildlife Management before starting teaching in 2002. She has worked with cetaceans and marine turtles at a rehabilitation centre in Florida and Rhesus and Bonnet Macaques rescued from the pet trade in Goa. Faye is also a wildlife officer with the charity ORCA and regularly carries out marine mammal surveys on ferry and cruise line routes.
*Courses listed on this website are indicative of the subject, nature and level of study. The college reserves the right to alter specific qualifications titles, awarding bodies and levels of qualification, which can change in year. Any cost may also vary, based on personal funding eligibility.