BTEC Level 1 Diploma

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The course will cover all areas of animal care, plus you’ll be able to develop your functional and personal development skills. You’ll learn lots of essential study skills and invaluable employment skills to help you in your future roles.

Offered at either Main College site or at Netherfield
Tutor: Liz Pope/Debbie Hopkins

Work Experience

This is a useful way for students to improve practical skills and will provide good evidence of abilities and interest in the vocational area for potential employers or towards progression on to another subject related course.

Indicative Programme Content

Students will undertake a range of units which cover essential aspects of animal care, working and employment skills, functional skills and personal development skills. The programme is continually assessed via practical activities and written work, which are recorded in a student maintained portfolio.

Entry Requirements:


  • You’ll need to have achieved 1 or more GCSEs between grade 2-1 (previous grades G-E) or another related Entry Level 3 qualification
  • Completion of the Rural Pathways programme and a strong interest in animal care
  • Successful completion of a Level 1 course in another area

Mature students without the above requirements will be considered 

Dates & Location:

September 2018


1 year

3 days per week 



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

After completing your course, you can choose to go on to study a Level 2 animal care programme at Plumpton or an apprenticeship.
Alternatively you’ll have the skills to take on a role in animal husbandry, exercise or feeding of companion animals. 


Core Units

  • Maintain the safety of self and others in the workplace
  • Maintenance of equipment
  • Care of animals
  • Feedstuffs for small animals
  • Animal accommodation
  • Movement and handling of small animals
  • English & Maths

Main Units

  • Check that a small animal is healthy
  • Catching and restraining a small animal
  • Working in a team
  • Groom a small animal

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