Animal Care

Level 1 Diploma

Type of study
Examination board


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

You will be taught how to work safely on your own 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 Functional Skills in English and maths.

Availability & Details

Animal Care, BTEC Level 1 Diploma HSDC-SD-SDPAC

HSDC South Downs Campus
Academic Year 2017-18 (1 year)
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Applicants with E grade GCSEs or an entry qualification are invited to apply.

South Downs College offers several maths and English courses at various levels for potential students.

On this course you will study:

  • Small animal care
  • Exotics
  • Horse care
  • Interview skills
  • Working in a team
  • Health and safety
  • Self-management skills (work experience)
  • Practical

This diploma is a combination of practical and classroom-based teaching with an emphasis on developing your hands-on skills, alongside literacy and numeracy.

The Animal Management laboratories are large, bright rooms designed and built especially for teaching Animal Care and animal management courses.

The purpose built spaces are bright with natural sunlight and enhanced air handling and ventilation systems, with facilities for washing and animal food preparation. The rooms have been designed to be easy to use for the care of animals as well as a practical teaching environment.

There is animal housing and large glass vivarium built into the walls that house snakes and lizards. Outside, a large yard has benching, aviaries and a stable as well as large grassed areas. Outside the yard is a clearing in the surrounding woodland that contains runs for ferrets, rabbits and chickens. There are block paved areas and a pond.

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.

Some visits will need to be paid for by the students.

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There are lots of people at the college, each studying a diverse range of courses, people from all different areas come to study at South Downs, it creates a sense of community, there is a huge social aspect to college life across all courses.

Lee Backhouse, BTEC student

South Downs has been the best two years of my education. All my teachers were great and amazing, and I think they were the most helpful they could have been.

Megan Capaldi-Tallon, A Level student

I’m very, very happy, I didn’t expect to do so well. The College has been helpful and supportive. I loved my courses, and the teachers were really good – every single one of them. The facilities are great, but it’s the staff that really make this place.

Matthew Randell, A Level student


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 or an apprenticeship.

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