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Level 1 Qualification in Land-Based Studies (Animal Care)

This highly practical course is an ideal starting point
for those students with few formal qualifications.
Covering the basics of handling, feeding and the
setting up of accommodation for a wide range
of species, this course will enable you to learn
how to work safely, care for and maintain animal
accommodation in our custom-built animal
management unit.

Course Duration:

Full Time

College Attendance:

1 year, full-time


Hadlow Campus

Canterbury Campus

Mottingham Campus

Year 1
• Safe and effective work practices in land-based
• Develop performance in land-based industries
• Assist with maintaining the health and wellbeing
of animals
• Animals in the wild and in society
• Assist with the handling and restraint of animals
• Assist with the preparation and maintenance of
animal accommodation
• Assist with the feeding and watering of animals
• Functional skills/GCSE - English and maths

You will need a minimum of two GCSEs at D-E / 3-2
Grade or equivalent (Entry level 3).
You should also have a keen interest in the subject and
demonstrate a commitment to the curriculum area.

In addition to standard College equipment, students will
need steel toe-capped boots, waterproof clothing, black
cargo trousers and a Hadlow animal management jacket
and t-shirt.

Short multiple choice examinations, plus a portfolio of
evidence that will be marked by an external examiner.

Successful students can further enhance their skills by
enrolling onto the Level 2 Diploma in Animal Care or,
should they wish to, progress into an Apprenticeship.

Available Clothing

Animal Management Jacket

Animal Management Sweatshirt

Animal Management Polo Shirt


  • Multi-million pound animal management home to a range of species
  • Small mammals, invertebrates, reptiles, amphibians, aquatics and grazing animals
  • Extensive paddock facilities
  • 6 custom built aviaries for exotic birds
  • Commercial dog grooming salon
  • Fully functioning veterinary nursing training suite equipped for teaching purposes

Typical Employers

Animal rescue centres, animal charities, zoos and wildlife parks, as well as educational institutions and retail outlets.

Industry Links

Students benefit from close ties with a number of different organisations including the Wildlife Heritage Foundation, the Kent Wildlife Trust as well as local zoos, wildlife parks and rare breed centres.

Please note that all programme specifications and course modules are subject to annual change.

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If you've used all five choices on your application to Uni, and you're not holding any offers, you could still find a place using UCAS Extra – it's free and open until 4th July 2018.



Sir Mark Todd Lecture Demonstration

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Event date 21st March 2018 at 7:00pm
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Canterbury Campus

Event date 24th March 2018 at 10:00am