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This course is ideal if you're just starting out and want to gain the basic knowledge and skills you need to move on to further study or get an entry-level job working in agriculture, horticulture or animal care.

  • What will I learn?

    Learn the basics of animal husbandry working with wildlife within a busy wildlife Hospital, along with health and safety, maintaining animal health and welfare and handling skills.

  • Example modules

    • Assist with feeding and watering animals
    • Assist with the preparation and maintenance of animal accomodation
    • Assist with the movement and handling of animals
    • Assist with the exercise of animals
  • How will I be assessed?

    On this course you will be assessed with multiple-choice tests, practical assessments and written assignments, which will make up a portfolio of evidence to showcase the skills you've learned. Students may need to complete set assignments at home to improve their overall background knowledge.

  • Entry Requirements

    Students should have a minimum of Entry 3 Maths and English or GCSE grades at 1-2 (E-G). All students need to be enthusiastic, complete a successful interview, plus attend every day of a hands-on trial week.

  • Progression & Career Opportunities

    You can progress onto the Level 2 in Animal Care qualification, , subject to meeting the minimum entry requirements, and having demonstrated a commitment to learning. Achieving this qualification can help you work in roles such as: Farm worker with livestock; Animal centre/shelter worker; Kennel or cattery worker; pet shop assistant.

  • Cost of Study

    16-18 year-old students are exempt from tuition and registration fees.

    19+ course fees - £944 for the course. 19-24 year olds may qualify for full or partial course fees funding, depending on eligibility criteria.

    On enrolment, ALL students will need to provide a course contribution fee of £65.00, this covers uniform tops, stationery and local visits. This is not covered by fees/funding.

  • Additional Information

    This course runs three days a week - Mondays, Fridays, plus one day at the weekend, for 12 months. 16-18 year olds requiring English or Maths classes will additionally attend lessons at the Buckinghamshire College Group, Aylesbury Campus.

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Course Details

Qualification Level Level 1
Study Mode Full-Time Course
Start Date September
Duration 52 Weeks
Course Code CSB1ANIM-1
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