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Animal Care - Level 1 Diploma

Diploma in Land-Based Studies

Working with animals is becoming an increasingly popular career option. It is a rewarding profession that involves the care, welfare, handling, health, behaviour and accommodation of a variety of animals. Many people begin working with animals from a young age, with an instinctive desire to care for a range of species, not just domestic pets. Job opportunities include dog handling, wildlife rangers, vets and zoologist with several more career options within the military. Students gain hands on experience within the animal care unit at College and a local animal collection.


The course is a one year hands-on practical course that takes your knowledge of animal care from the core study in the classroom to the animal care unit at Calderdale College and a local animal collection.

  • At the centre you will have the opportunity to:
  • Provide safe & effective working practices inland-based industries
  • Develop performance in land-based industries
  • Assist with maintaining the health & wellbeing of animals
  • Learn about animals in the wild and in society
  • Assist with feeding & watering animals
  • Assist with the preparation and maintenance of animal accommodation
  • Introduction to wildlife and conservation

This course is ideal for any animal lover who wants to pursue having a career in the animal care industry.


The delivery will include both theory and practical workshops with some IT based learning and hands-on classes.

Course Leader profile

Louise Phillips

Louise has worked in an educational setting for over twelve years both as a Learning Link Co-ordinator within the area of Study Support and a training officer/lecturer teaching on E2E and LDD programmes. After studying animal behaviour and gaining her teaching qualification she developed and course lead the School Links, Entry Level 3 and level 1 Animal Care programmes. She also teaches on the level 2 Diploma. Louise gained industry experience working on livery yards, carrying out educational and therapeutic animal visits to schools and youth clubs and running her own small holding. She still keeps a range of animals including exotics, horses, owls, dogs, ferrets, rabbits and geese. Louise also has experience of training and rehabilitating birds of prey and is hoping to further her own studies by specialising in this area.

Entry Requirements

An introductory course suitable for beginners. School leavers should aim for at least 4 GCSEs at grade G or grade 1 or equivalent. Applicants will be interviewed and will be expected to demonstrate enthusiasm, commitment and good communication skills.

Interview Process

Interview with a specialist tutor.

Questions & Answers

Does the course lead to a qualification?

NPTC Diploma in Land-Based Studies: Animal Care

Are there any opportunities for progression?

On successful completion of this course you could progress to the Level 2 Diploma in Animal Care or venture into work experience and voluntary opportunities in the animal care industry such as zoos, farms, animal centres, pet shops and groomers.


Before Enrolment

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During Your Study

To help you to succeed in your course of study we offer a range of services. For instance, you may have a learning difficulty and/or disability or other condition which significantly affects your daily life. If you would like to discuss your support needs, or for further information about the support available, please contact the study support team on 01422 357357 Ext 9347.

Home Educated Young People

Young people aged 14-16 who are home educated can now access college courses free of charge to enhance their education. If you are interested in finding out more about the opportunities available please contact the School Liaison Team on 01422 399332.

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Course details

  • Attendance: Full-time
  • Start Date: September 2018
  • Hours per week: 12 hours per week for 1 year
  • Days: Monday - Friday
  • Start Time: 9.00 am
  • End Time: 4.00 pm
  • Duration: 1 year
  • Course Fees: This course is free for students age 16 - 18. For students 19+ please contact our Student Services Team In most cases students aged 18 and under who wish to enrol on a full time further education course will have their fees waived. Students who are aged 19 and over and who wish to enrol on a full time course should contact our Student Services Team on 01422-399367 for more information.
  • Venue: Calderdale College
  • Faculty: Science and Health Industries
  • Department Manager: Deborah Tims


  • Level: Level 1
  • Qualification Name: NPTC Diploma in Land-Based Studies: Animal Care
  • Awarding Body: (NPTC) City & Guilds

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