Level 1

Course outline

This is a varied and interesting course designed to provide you with a broad education in Animal Care.  You will work with a variety of animals including small mammals, exotics, reptiles and fish as a basis for Further Education courses at college and for moving into relevant employment afterwards.

The course will help to develop practical skills and increase your knowledge and understanding of many different aspects of animal husbandry and natural history (as well as including numeracy, literacy and IT skills) which are required to either progress on to other courses or to work in the Animal Care industry.

Course content

Core Units: 

  • Safe and effective working practices                              
  • Develop performance in land-based industries 

Specialist Core Unit: 

  • Assist with the health and well-being of animals. 

1 year - Certificate

2 years - Diploma

One day per week

Kane Ross

Level 1 Land-based studies: animal care

I chose this course as I am able to practise my literacy and numeracy skills whilst learning about caring for animals and about different environments.  I enjoy practical tasks and this course gives me lots of hands-on learning.

The best part of this course is caring for the animals and the practical handling sessions especially the guinea pigs. 

In the future I would like to enrol on the Rural Pathways course at Plumpton College with a view to working in agriculture.

Luc Green

14 - 16 alumni

Luc progressed from the 14 - 16 level 1 course to take the level 2 and then 3 in Animal Care, achieving 'Top Student' on the 14-16 course. 


You’ve got a fantastic animal management unit to discover here at Plumpton where you’ll be able to experience the latest technology and equipment. Each of the different animals requires a certain level of care so you’ll be able to experience managing different environments.

  • All types of animal care management

We cater for an extensive range of animals: from amphibians to birds, fish to livestock, mammals to reptiles.

  • Extensive farming facilities for you to discover

You’ll be able to develop invaluable practical handling skills at our Plumpton College farm site which manages a huge range of livestock. 

  • The perfect learning environment for your studies

We’ve got great facilities for you to work in and develop your practical skills no matter what course you’re studying.

Future Opportunities

Dependent on GCSE results at school, typically students who complete this course would enter onto a Level 2 or Level 3 Animal Management course at college level. You may also choose to take on a role in animal husbandry, exercise or feeding or companion animals.

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