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

Funding and bursaries

Students under 19 will not have to pay fees providing you are legally in the UK. You may be able to access Bursary funding to help you with travel and meals depending on your personal circumstances.

Students aged over 19 may be eligible for free tuition depending on the course you want to study, your existing qualifications and your financial circumstances. This will be discussed at enrolment.

Entry requirements

There are no specific entry requirements but a passion for working with animals.

What will I learn?

Level 1 Animal Care is aimed at anyone who is interested in animal care. At our centre, we have an animal care unit where you will complete both practical and theory based units such as animal handling, accommodation, and feeding and watering.

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.


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.

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.

Study Programme

Our personalised Study Programmes provide young people with the skills they need to move in to higher education, training, apprenticeships or employment. They are designed to challenge you positively and suit your aspirations. Our Study Programmes include a choice of vocational qualifications combined with essential English and Maths qualifications, enrichment activities and work experience. We partner with employers to ensure our learners gain the vital work-ready skills and knowledge needed to positively progress into the world of work.