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Land-based Studies (Animal Care)

Land-based Studies (Animal Care)

Land-based Animal Course

BTEC Level 1 Diploma in Land-based Studies

This course is designed for individuals who want to develop their skills and knowledge to allow them to work with animals in the future.

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Is this course right for me?

To undertake this course you will need a keen interest in working in the animal industry and learning the basics of caring for a variety of different animals.

This course is based on the main college campus and at the John Burns Centre for Learning, Withybush. Transport to and from the John Burns Centre for Learning is via shuttle bus from the main College campus. Learners will spend the whole day on a site.

To undertake this course you will need to be caring, responsible and able to work individually and as part of a group.

  • One GCSE at grade D or above to include English Language/First Language Welsh or Mathematics/Numeracy
  • Each application is considered on individual merit
  • Entry is subject to an informal interview
  • Successful completion of current/relevant programme (including skills) and decision from progression board meeting

Please read the full entry requirements above as you will usually need to meet those as well.

You will spend time learning about the health and well-being of animals as well as how to prepare and maintain animal accommodation. You will learn using textbooks, reference books and the internet as well as undertaking practical tasks and attending lectures and demonstrations.

Units to be studies:

  • Being organised
  • Research a topic
  • Finding out about the land-based sector
  • Caring for and feeding animals
  • Moving and accommodating animals
  • Maintain the health of animals
  • Working with others
  • Developing a personal progression plan
  • Growing plants
  • Caring for and keeping plants

As part of the course you will also develop skills in problem solving, personal thinking, communication and working with others which are transferable to whichever course you decide to pursue in the future.

Learners also receive timetabled tutorials from their Course Tutor.

Learners are able to complete either the full qualification or certain units or elements through the medium of Welsh/bilingually.

  • Continuous assessment during the course
  • Practical assessment during the course
  • Portfolio of evidence

This course can lead to numerous career opportunities including: Kennel Worker, Dog Trainer, Pet Groomer, Dog Handler, Countryside Ranger, Animal Welfare Officer, Animal Care / Rescue Centre Worker, Pet Sitter, Horse Riding Instructor, Pet Shop Assistant, Veterinary Receptionist.

Following successful completion of this course learners could look to progress to a higher level course at the College, seek an appropriate Apprenticeship or go directly into employment.

  • Stationery - you will be told about any specific items before you start the course
  • You will need to provide you own lab coat
  • You will need to provide your own device/laptop for parts of this course, click here to find out more
  • Ensure that your Tetanus vaccination and any other appropriate vaccinations are up to date before commencing work with animals or in the countryside
  • Animal Care/Management clothing - £15/£20
  • You may be eligible for funding. Find out more on our student finance page

Any costs above are approximate and may change.

  • No tuition fee
  • We are waiving the Administration Fee for the academic year 2022/23
  • There is a annual workshop fee for this course (£20 - £60), payable before you start the course
  • You may be eligible for funding. Find out more on our student finance page

Additional Information

Additional information

Level:

Mode:

Online Learning Elements?

Yes

Sports Academy: While on this course you may be able to join our Sports Academy, if you have a talent for sport, we would like to hear from you.

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What are the entry requirements?

  • One GCSE at grade D or above to include English Language/First Language Welsh or Mathematics/Numeracy
  • Each application is considered on individual merit
  • Entry is subject to an informal interview

Current student – what are the entry requirements?

Please read the full entry requirements above as you will usually need to meet those as well

  • Successful completion of current/relevant programme (including skills) and decision from progression board meeting

What will I learn?

You will spend time learning about the health and well-being of animals as well as how to prepare and maintain animal accommodation. You will learn using textbooks, reference books and the internet as well as undertaking practical tasks and attending lectures and demonstrations.

Units to be studies:

  • Being organised
  • Research a topic
  • Finding out about the land-based sector
  • Caring for and feeding animals
  • Moving and accommodating animals
  • Maintain the health of animals
  • Working with others
  • Developing a personal progression plan
  • Growing plants
  • Caring for and keeping plants

As part of the course you will also develop skills in problem solving, personal thinking, communication and working with others which are transferable to whichever course you decide to pursue in the future.

Learners also receive timetabled tutorials from their Course Tutor.


Can I do this course in Welsh?

Learners are able to complete either the full qualification or certain units or elements through the medium of Welsh/bilingually.


How will I be assessed?

  • Continuous assessment during the course
  • Practical assessment during the course
  • Portfolio of evidence

What can I do next?

This course can lead to numerous career opportunities including: Kennel Worker, Dog Trainer, Pet Groomer, Dog Handler, Countryside Ranger, Animal Welfare Officer, Animal Care / Rescue Centre Worker, Pet Sitter, Horse Riding Instructor, Pet Shop Assistant, Veterinary Receptionist.

Following successful completion of this course learners could look to progress to a higher level course at the College, seek an appropriate Apprenticeship or go directly into employment.


Do I need to bring/buy any equipment?

  • Stationery - you will be told about any specific items before you start the course
  • You will need to provide you own lab coat
  • You will need to provide your own device/laptop for parts of this course, click here to find out more
  • Ensure that your Tetanus vaccination and any other appropriate vaccinations are up to date before commencing work with animals or in the countryside
  • Animal Care/Management clothing - £15/£20
  • You may be eligible for funding. Find out more on our student finance page

Are there any additional costs?

  • No tuition fee
  • We are waiving the Administration Fee for the academic year 2022/23
  • There is a annual workshop fee for this course (£20 - £60), payable before you start the course
  • You may be eligible for funding. Find out more on our student finance page

Additional information

Level:

Mode:

Online Learning Elements?

Yes

Disclaimer:
The College takes all reasonable steps to provide the educational services and courses as described above. Details are correct at the time of editing but may be subject to change without prior notice. Courses will not run if student numbers are insufficient. The College has the right to refuse individuals entry to courses in certain circumstances. Prospective students may be advised of more suitable alternatives, if appropriate. The entry requirements stated are those that are normally required to undertake the programme of study.
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