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Animal Care – BTEC Level 1 Diploma

Do you enjoy caring for, and spending time with animals? Then this course would be ideal for you. This foundation level course is a great introduction to Animal Care if you have a genuine interest in animals, and can see yourself working in the industry.  

Entry Requirements

Applicants with GCSEs at E grade or above are invited to apply.

Course Content

Students will learn about many aspects of small animal and horse care. This will include grooming, feeding and general husbandry. You will work in our own Animal Care Unit and on local stable yards.

You will be taught how to work safely and within a team, and you will have the opportunity to develop a range of skills in Animal Care. There will be an emphasis on personal responsibility and growing your awareness of environmental issues.

Students on this programme will also be able to complete their Communications Functional Skills.

How will I be taught?

The diploma is a combination of practical and classroom-based teaching. The emphasis will be on developing your hands-on skills, alongside literacy and numeracy.

How will I be assessed?

Assessment will all be through assignment work. The assignments will be varied, including some written work, discussions and practical tasks.

You will need to produce some work independently and some as part of a group.

Will I need any extra equipment?

South Downs College has an impressive animal laboratory and a number of animals on site.

It is vital that students are willing to work with a variety of animals, indoors and out, and in all weathers.

Wellington boots, or other waterproof footwear, and a weatherproof coat will be needed. Your Tetanus vaccination must also be up to date (please speak to your GP).

What qualifications will I get?

Successful students will achieve a BTEC Animal Care Level 1 Diploma at the end of their course.

What will it allow me to do in the future?

Students who successfully achieve a Pass can progress to the BTEC Level 2 Diploma Animal Care at South Downs College, or apply to other Level 2 courses subject to references and interviews.

Course Information

Some exciting visits, such as to a zoo, will need to be paid for by the students.

Further Information

If you would like further advice or guidance please contact Reception on freephone 0800 056 0511.


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