16-18 Year Olds


This is a vocational programme which will provide you with the knowledge and understanding essential to the animal industry and support you to progress onto further learning or the workplace.

Entry Requirements

For this course you will need to have achieved one of the following (subject to awarding body conditions):

• 4 GCSEs at grade 3 or above, including English or maths and science at grade 3 or higher

On receipt of your application to study this course you will be invited to attend an admissions interview with a member of the teaching team to discuss the course and its requirements further.


During this course you will study six mandatory units. As well as classroom delivery, you will also undertake placement in a real work environment with a requirement of 75 hours.

Mandatory units include:

1. Maintain Animal Health and Welfare
2. Undertake Practical Animal Feeding
3. Undertake work related experience in the land based sector
4. Understanding the basic principles of Animal Biology
5. Introduction to the Principles and Practices of Animal Beahviour and Handling
6. Contribute to the Nursing of Animals

Alongside your main programme of study, you will also study either GCSE or Functional Skill in English and Maths if you have not achieved a GCSE grade 4 or above.


All units are internally assessed using an externally set assignment. Each unit is graded Pass, Merit or Distinction and then an overall grade of Pass, Merit or Distinction is awarded on completion.

GCSE and Functional Skills qualifications are assessed through external examination and portfolio work.

Awarding body

City & Guilds


On successful completion of this course you may wish:

To apply to study the Level 3 National Foundation Diploma in Animal Management

Alternatively, you could progress in the workplace in a variety of job roles, such as:

• Animal Care Assistant
• Pet Store Assistant
• Dog Walker or Kennel Assistant
• Animal Park Keeper or Farm Worker

Additional information

Additional help and support is available to you should you require it and you can discuss this further at your admissions interview.

Further Information

For further information, advice and guidance call The Learner Experience Team on 01625 410062.

Duration and Times

Start date: 04/09/2023

End date: 28/06/2024

Time: 9:00am - 4:30pm

Days of week: TBA

Number of Weeks: 35

Weekly hours: 11.00

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