Level 1 January Start

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Would you like to develop the right skills for a career looking after animals? If you think you would, then this Fast Track course could be for you!

The course starts on 31st January 2022 and you’d be required to be in college for 4 days a week until June.

GCSE English & maths could also be included in your study programme. Starting in January 2022 means progression is possible for the Level 2 course starting in September 2022!

You will work with a range of species including mammals, exotics, reptiles, fish, birds and amphibians, all housed within our excellent animal management centre here at Plumpton College.

You will learn the essential skills required to work within the animal care industry such as how to feed and water animals, maintaining their accommodation, handling animals and carrying out animal health checks.

You will also have the opportunity to develop you maths and English skills as well as your personal development skills, such as time-keeping, team work, independent study or anything else that you feel you would like to develop.


Work experience is a great way to improve your practical skills and give you some real industry experience.

You will carry out work experience in college as part of your practical sessions as well as in an external setting such as an animal rescue centre or a zoo, this is arranged by your tutor.


We offer impartial careers guidance to all of our students, email careers@plumpton.ac.uk to explore your next step or to book an appointment – we’re here to help.

Entry Requirements:

You need to have ONE of the following

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:

From the 31st January2022.

Study days are:



Six Months


If you will be over 19 on the start date of your course you maybe required to pay tuition fees. Please contact enquiries@plumpton.ac.uk to confirm.

Future Opportunities

To study the Level 2 Animal Management programme in September.

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