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

Course Overview

This is a level one course which involves classroom-based and practical work with ‘hands-on’ experience in a variety of Land-based industries. Learners will complete 7 units for the full Diploma taken from both Animal Care and Horse care pathways.

The course features visits and trips related to the course. The aim of the course is to equip learners with the knowledge and skills to move into employment at a junior level or to progress to a level two vocational course.

Who is this course for?

· Anyone who would like to acquire the knowledge, skills and understanding to work in the Land-based industries.

· Anyone who wants a nationally recognised qualification to work in the land based industries.

· Anyone who would like to progress to higher vocational qualifications within their chosen Land-based industry.

Units of Study 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 feeding and watering of animals

· Assist with the handling and restraint of animals

· Assist with the preparation for the exercise and aftercare of horses

· Maintain the health of horses

Learners will sample a range of animal care and equine based industries, in practical contexts. This gives them the opportunity to see if a career in these industries is right for them, and helps them choose which area to specialise in.

Learners will experience a hands-on approach to learning that will help them to develop practical skills, whilst they develop the essential communication, information technology, English and maths skills they will need to succeed in industry.

As a foundation learning package learners will develop essential employability skills and take part in a range of personal and social development activities both practical and classroom based.

Learners will be working within an industry standard animal care unit and commercial equine yard where they will learn and develop practical care skills with a range of animals from horses to Snails, Burmese pythons to mice!

We believe that relevant work experience is important to learners understanding and skill development. This course gives students an opportunity to have a practice run at seeking employment, completing the required paperwork and working alongside employers and industry professionals. They will need to complete 60 hours over the year to satisfy awarding body requirements.

Assessment Methods

Assessment is based on a portfolio of evidence that includes: • Written assignments • Practical assessments • Two externally marked ‘online’ assessments. • Evidence of a minimum of 60 hours of work experience

Progression Options

Progress to full or part-time programmes at level 2. Previous learners’ destinations include; • Big cat keeper at Longleat • Business degree student at Bridgwater College

Course Summary

Course Title Animal and Horse Care Diploma Level 1
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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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