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Land Based Studies – Level 1

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.

1 Year
Full Time
Theory & Practical

Entry Requirements: 4 GCSEs at grade G or grade 1 or equivalent.

Course Info

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.

You will have the opportunity to:

• Provide safe & effective working practices in land-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.

Entry Requirements & Interview Process

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.

If your application is successful you will have an interview with a specialist tutor.