Diploma in Land Based Studies (Animal Care)

Diploma in Land Based Studies (Animal Care)

Study Mode: Full Time
Course Level: Level 1

Where will this course lead?

If you have thought of earning a qualification working with animals or if you want to work in the animal care sector, a Level 1 Land-based diploma could help you to develop and practice the skills required for employment or go onto higher courses. Whilst at College you will be taught in purpose built new classrooms and work with our wide collection of animals in their brand new state of the art enclosures.

What will I study?

Over the course of your studies you will learn about the following modules: - Practical handling - Correct care of animals - Maintaining accommodation - Moving animal related supplies - and be expected to work outside in all weather conditions.

How will this course be delivered?

You will spend three days per week in College and one day a week studying at home.

What qualifications will I get?

Diploma in Land Based Studies (Animal Care)

How will I be assessed?

The units will be assessed by the gathering of a range of work-based evidence into a portfolio. Your work will be judged by the Assessor. (This evidence can include a range of work documents, written questioning, oral questioning, photographic evidence, video, reports, professional discussion and observations).

How do I get a place on the course?

You will be required to attend an interview at which you will need to show sufficient interest and ability to complete the qualification.

What are the entry requirements?

Minimum qualifications for this course are: - Two GCSE passes at Grade E/2 or above in English or Science and Maths - A good level of written English and an understanding of Maths and Science - A suitable reference from an educational establishment - A recent school report is also recommended - A physical requirement to move and handle bedding/animal feeds/ large animals - A successful interview.

What else do I need to know?

You will need to provide a pair of steel toe cap boots and purchase a College boiler suit, the prices of which will be available upon completing the application. There may also be various trips throughout the year. Good levels of English and Maths are important for your success in your course, your chosen vocation and life. Throughout your course you will continue to develop your English and Maths skills in your vocational classes.

If you haven't achieved an A*9 - C /4 grade in English or Maths at GCSE, or a Level 2 Functional Skill, you will also be working towards a qualification in English or Maths at a level that will enable you to progress towards these grades. Solihull College and University Centre offers full time and part time courses for businesses and residents in Birmingham, Walsall, Wolverhampton, Coventry, Warwickshire and the whole of the West Midlands.

What can I do after this course?

When you achieve the Level 1 Diploma in Land-Based Studies (Animal Care) you will have gained a basic knowledge of animal care which could allow you to move onto the Level 2 Diploma or Level 2 Work-based Apprenticeship.

For the Apprenticeship you will need to be in employment for approximately 30 hours per week, this can be discussed at your interview You could also, if you choose, go straight in to employment and look for work as an assistant in either a kennel or cattery, pet shop, or at a children's farm.

Have a question about the course?
Please contact Admissions on 0121 678 7000 with any queries.
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Blossomfield Campus




N/A For 16 to 18 Year Olds


Full Time