Course: Introduction to Animal Care Level 1
Great Yarmouth Campus
FT / PT
Please note, this course is only available at our Lowestoft campus for 2023/24 applicants.
This course will provide you with the knowledge and skills needed to succeed in the animal care sector. You will gain theoretical and practical hands-on experience, and this will be accompanied by a greater understanding on key themes such as animal health and welfare, feeding and accommodation, exotics, science and British habitats.
You will help the animal team care for our own on-site animals, including rabbits, guinea pigs, rats, a leopard gecko, bearded dragon and snakes. You will be responsible for health checking, monitoring behaviour and general day-to-day care.
You will be taught by experts in the animal care industry, including a veterinary nurse, experts in exotics, animal behaviour and ecology.
Modules you will study include:
- Animal behaviour
- Animal health
- Practical handling and restraint
- Veterinary nursing
- Animal welfare
Why study with us:
- We offer a curriculum designed in partnership with industry professionals including trips to zoos and nature reserves both in the UK and abroad. These experiences will assist you to achieve your qualification and future career connections.
- We have excellent collaboration and placement opportunities across Norfolk and Suffolk, including Africa Alive, Colchester Zoo, RSPB Minsmere, Sea Life Great Yarmouth and the UmPhafa Nature Reserve in South Africa.
- You will benefit from experience looking after our on-site animals where you will be responsible for health checking, monitoring behaviour and general feeding and care.
You need four GCSEs at grade 2 including English and maths as well as a passion for animal welfare.
Assessments vary for each module containing a variety; written portfolio, case studies, presentation, field work and poster work. Assessment is on-going throughout the year and will occur in college and on placement.
After completing this course, you can progress to study Animal Care Level 2 or an apprenticeship. You can gain employment in careers such as dog grooming, zookeeper, animal training or veterinary assistant.
Animal Care is an excellent course if you want to go on to study a degree in subjects such as veterinary nursing, animal rehabilitation, ecology, conservation or animal welfare. You can progress to study FdSc Conservation Science and Animal Management (Wildlife and Zoo) through the University of Suffolk at East Coast College or other universities.
Related Study Programmes
Animal Care Level 2
Animal Management Level 3
FdSc Conservation Science and Animal Management (Wildlife and Zoo)