Skills for Working Life Diploma in Landbased Studies


This qualification will provide formal skill recognition, including preparation for work. It will provide a bridge for progression into general vocational and education qualifications.

Course Content - What will I learn?

This is a one year full time course. You will complete a full year of animal care and during this time you will also complete functional skill’s in Literacy and Numeracy. Units covered in animal care will be:
Preparing for Work, Recognise Types and Parts of the Body of Small Animals, Assist with Catching and Restraining a Small Animal, Check that a Small Animal is Healthy, Groom a Small Animal, Show Visitors around a Small Animal Enterprise, Recognise Types of Animal Housing and Bedding for Small Animals, Assist in Cleaning Small Animal Housing, Check a Farm Animal is Healthy, Move a Farm Animal, Weigh a Farm Animal, Recognise Different Characteristics of Breeds of Poultry, Assist with Catching Poultry, other units include Health and Safety in the Industry and Life Skills units

Am I right for the course?

You will require a willingness to learn about basic animal care. You must be able to carry out physical activities, such as restraining large and small animals and cleaning out a variety of animal accommodation, using cleaning utensils such as dust pan and brushes, forks and shovels and manoeuvring wheelbarrows.

No formal entry requirements.

Assessments will be taken at Entry Level 3. These are mainly observation assessments with some written work. A portfolio of evidence is built throughout the course.

You will complete functional skill’s in Literacy and Numeracy

Qualified Animal Care Lecturers with a wealth of industrial experience within the Animal Management Sector.

What Next?

Progression into suitable employment or onto a Level One qualification (subject to achievement of Entry Level 3 Functional Skills and achieving Entry Level 3/ Level 1 on initial assessment (BKSB) at interview)

For those of you wanting to go into employment, the aim of our course(s) are to produce competent carers working with animals, with the potential to take up management positions after further experience.

Potential careers:

  • Animal Technician
  • Applied Animal Behaviourist
  • Assistance Dog Trainer
  • Dog Groomer
  • Dog Trainer
  • Farm Worker (Livestock)
  • Kennel Worker
  • RSPCA/ SSPCA Inspector
  • Veterinary Nurse
  • Zoo Keeper

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16-18 years old, no tuition fees apply to Full Time courses and fees subject to confirmation. Additional costs applicable to BHS courses.

For all two year courses fees shown above are per year.

Aged 19+ and planning to take a level 3 or above a different fee may apply. You may be eligible for an Advanced Learning Loan.

All HE courses (full and part time) are subject to tuition fees.

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