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Myerscough 30 05 17 (207 Of 306)
Myerscough 30 05 17 (207 Of 306)

City and Guilds (NPTC) Level 1 Diploma Land-Based Studies (Animal Care)

City and Guilds (NPTC) Level 1 Diploma Land-Based Studies (Animal Care)

About the course

This course provides a basic introduction to the care of a variety of domestic animals. Areas of study will include feeding, cleaning and handling animals as well as additional modules covering work safety and skills development in the land-based industries. Time will be spent in the classroom and in the College’s purpose built Animal Studies Centres developing practical skills. Students must have an interest in the subject. A portfolio of written work must be completed as well as a short on-line assessment.

Course modules

Year 1

Assist with maintaining the health and wellbeing of animals

Safe and effective working practices in land-based industries

Introduction to Wildlife and Conservation

Animals in the Wild and in Society

Develop Performance in Land-based Industries

Assist with Feeding and Watering Animals

Assist with the Movement, Handling and Accommodation of Animals

Entry requirements & additional information

Entry requirements

Academic qualifications are not essential, but a basic level of maths and English is important.

This course covers practical skills and relevant background knowledge. Students need to be interested in the subject area, with some practical knowledge of small animal care desirable.

It is strongly recommended for applicants to gain some voluntary experience within the animal sector in order to ensure that they are fully prepared for the expectations of the study programme and gain a realistic insight of the animal industry. A minimum of five days (which do not have to be consecutive) is advised.


Students who successfully complete the course could possibly progress onto Level 2 Diploma Animal Care.


Employment in kennels, catteries, pet shop, grooming parlour, welfare societies eg RSPCA.

Special requirements

College warehouse jacket (purchased during induction week via animal studies centre approx. £30), Wellington boots or other sturdy work boots.

Tetanus vaccination up to date

Contributions to trips and visits (approx. £30)

2 x lever arch files

2 x dividers

Pens/Pencils (coloured) (approx. £10)

Animal Studies

Britain is well regarded as a nation of animal lovers, from companion pets to large animal collections. This has resulted in a multi-million pound industry, ranging from well known national pet feed companies to pet stores, catteries and kennels and numerous other businesses providing for the needs of animals.

If you care about animals and have a deep interest in their health and wellbeing, Myerscough provides an excellent opportunity for you to further your studies. You'll develop a range of skills and have the opportunity to care for a range of animals including dogs, cats, rabbits and ferrets, farm animals, reptiles and amphibians and a range of invertebrates.