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Animal Care

School Leaver / 16 - 18 yr Old Adults Vocational Courses

Animal Care - Level 1

This programme is designed to provide you with a sound knowledge and skills base to prepare you for a wide range of careers in the landbased sector.

  • Course Description

    The programme content includes:

    • Safe and effective working
    • Industrial experience
    • Develop performance in landbased industries
    • Maintain the health and wellbeing of animals
    • Feeding and watering Maintenance of accommodation
    • Handling and restraint

    Period of external work placement will also be completed within this programme.

  • Entry Requirements

    You will need:

    • 3 or more GCSEs at Grade 2 (E) or higher, including English and Maths

    Or:

    • Entry Level qualifications

    You will be invited to an interview to help us ensure the course is right for you.

  • Course Length

    Full-time courses at the college are generally 3-4 days per week (you may be in an extra day if you are resitting English and/or Maths). All students are expected to complete study hours in the Learning Resource Centre and at least 30 hours work experience on top of their college hours.

  • Progression Opportunities

    What can I do after this course at CWA?

    The College of West Anglia offers many opportunities to continue studying from entry level through to degrees at University Centre West Anglia. Some of the courses available for those who have successfully completed this course include:

    • Horse Care (Equine Studies) - Level 2 (Diploma) (Cambridge)
    • Diploma in Animal Care - Level 2 (Cambridge)
    • Technical Animal Care - Level 2 (Cambridge)
  • Course Fees
    Age Cost
    16-18 Free*
    19+ £920

    * Certain courses may have additional costs to cover trips or DBS checks, and for some courses you will be expected to purchase additional items such as uniform or equipment.

    Fee information

    Though this course is free for those aged 16-18, there may be additional fees related to the programme, such as additional equipment or uniform, trips, DBS checks and work placement costs. Further information will be sent to all applicants before enrolment.

    Find all the information you need about course fees and financial help below.

    Information on Fees and Financial Help

    Please note the information on this page was correct at the time of publication but is subject to change due to factors beyond our control.
  • Additional Information

    What qualification will I achieve?

    City & Guilds - Diploma in Animal Care Studies (Level 1)

    How is my course assessed?

    Assessment is continuous throughout the programme. Each unit is assessed by a variety of methods, including assignments, practicals, presentations, tests and a portfolio of evidence. You will also need to complete an online test on Health and Safety and effective working, which can be achieved at Pass, Merit or Distinction level.

Starting 07/09/2020

Cambridge

Full-Time

Duration 1 year

Starting 07/09/2020

Wisbech

Full-Time

Duration 1 year

Animal Care Careers

Get insights into where our courses can lead you. See example work tasks and find real job vacancies.

Veterinary nurses

£22,000

Potential Salary

Animal care services occupations n.e.c.

£19,000

Potential Salary

Veterinarians

£43,000

Potential Salary

Success story

Phoebe Cox

Diploma in Animal Management Level 3

Following her success in studying A-levels at CWA, Phoebe is now working towards her diploma in Animal Management.

“I enjoy the atmosphere of the college environment and the way of learning. I like the handling lessons most, where we are 'hands-on' with the animals, but I also find the lessons on animal behaviour very interesting. 

I would say to anyone thinking of coming to college to come to an open day to see if it's right for you. CWA has allowed me to gain a variety of qualifications and experience, which has prepared me for a career in animal care.”

Phoebe plans to either study animal behaviour or zoology at university or gain employment in the animal care sector. 

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