Animal and Horse Care Diploma Level 1 - Bridgwater & Taunton College

Course Overview

If you love animals and would like a career in an animal-based industry, this course gives you the skills and knowledge needed to progress in the industry.

The course covers seven units from animal care and horse care pathways.

Units of study could include:

  • Safe and effective working practices in land-based industries
  • Preparing to work in the land-based industries
  • Animals in the wild and their main features
  • Assist with handling and restraint
  • Assist with feeding and watering animals
  • Assist with the preparation for the exercise and aftercare of horses
  • Maintain the health of horses

The course involves classroom-based and practical work as well as course related visits and trips. Previously students have visited Bristol Zoo, Longleat and a City Farm.

Assessment Methods

Assessment is based on a portfolio of evidence that includes written assignments, practical assessments and an externally marked online test. You will need to complete a mandatory 60 hours of external work experience.

Progression Options

The course aims to equip you with the knowledge and skills to move into employment at a junior level or progress to a Level 2 qualification.

Course Summary

Course Title Animal and Horse Care Diploma Level 1
Entry Requirements

You need GCSEs in the 3 to 1 range or other equivalent qualifications. A genuine interest in the animal-based industries and a willingness to learn are vital. You will be invited to attend an interview to assess your suitability for the course.

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It’s a very hands-on course and you work with a variety to animals. All the staff are really helpful and the practical aspect of the qualification reinforces what we learn about welfare, housing, laws, animal care and training.

Niall Sweeney

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