Level 1 Animal Care Course in Newcastle | Nacro Education

Animal Care Level 1

Course code: C001368

Course overview

Think you would like a career working with animals? Then our animal care course is perfect for you. You’ll learn how to care for a range of animals including their dietary requirements, maintaining accommodation, health checking and how to enrich their lives. All while gaining practical experience to support your future career opportunities.

What will I learn?

Level 1 Animal Care is aimed at anyone who is interested in animal care and will be based at our Ouseburn Farm site. You will complete both practical and theory-based units such as animal handling, accommodation, and feeding and watering.


Learners will undertake theory and practical units which can include:

• Safe and effective working practices in land-based industries
• Assist with maintaining the health and wellbeing of animals
• Assist with watering and feeding animals
• Assist with the preparation and maintenance of animal accommodation
• Assist with the handling and restraint of animals


You will be assessed through a combination of coursework assignments and practical observations.

Work experience

You will have the chance to do at least two weeks of relevant work experience to support your studies, gain experience and potentially develop contacts with future employers. Our team will help you secure a work placement and will provide you with everything required for you to attend your placement.

Enrichment opportunities

There are a variety of enrichment opportunities on offer throughout the year, including trips and external visits.

Career and progression

You can progress onto a Level 2 Animal Care course.

What makes our Get Set! courses different?

Each Get Set! course at Nacro Newcastle Education Centre is designed to accelerate your learning and enable you to identify and make progress towards your aspirations. We combine vocational learning with essential English and mathematics qualifications, enriching experiences and workplace encounters to equip you for career success.

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Our Animal Care Level 1 course at Newcastle has been crafted to enable you to:

  • Develop industry-specific skills through hands on vocational training.
  • Improve your English, maths, and digital literacy to strengthen your foundations for work and life*.
  • Participate in a range of work experience and employment opportunities to gain insight and additional knowledge.
  • Gain vital skills for the workplace including communication, problem solving, teamworking, interview practice and CV writing.
  • Participate in a range of activities, opportunities, team collaboration challenges and educational site visits that enable personal development through real experiences.

*GCSE/Functional Skills English and maths are only required if you haven’t already gained a level 4 or above.

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