Animal Care

Animal Care Level 1 Full-time

In Brief

Start Date /

This one year study programme starts in September 2019

Entry requirements
  • 2 GCSEs at grade 2/E or above one must be English
  • Acceptance onto the programme is also subject to an interview
You will achieve

Level 1 Diploma in Land-based Studies (Animal Care)

Last updated: 16th October 2018

Course overview

Based at our Wigfield Farm campus, this course is ideal if you are interested in a career working with animals introducing the main principles and  practices of animal care and welfare.

Course content

You will study the following areas:

  • Assist with Feeding and Watering Animals: In this unit you will select, prepare and present food and water to a range of animals taking into account equipment needed, and weights and measurements for individual animal.
  • Assist with the Preparation of Animal Accommodation: You will clean and maintain a range of animal accommodation at the Wigfield Centre. Identifying correct fixtures and fittings as well as equipment needed for the maintenance of animal housing.
  • Assist with Maintaining Health and Wellbeing of Animals: This unit will allow you to assess and identify signs of good and ill health in animals. As well as administering preventative care and learning to deal with potential animal emergency situations.
  •  Assist with the Handling and Restraint of Animals: Within this unit you will assess and identify animal behaviour and body language. Identifying and using handling and restraint equipment safely and correctly demonstrating correct handling for health checking or grooming.
  • Safe and Effective Working Practices in Land Based Studies: This unit will be focusing on Health and Safety within the Animal Care Sector ensuring a safe working environment for both people and animals.
  • Animals in the wild and in society: In this unit you will be required to identify main features of animals in the wild including classification of a range of animals, identifying key characteristics and identifying relationships with people and animals.


How will I be assessed?

Assessment is by a series of practical assessment with a degree of written underpinning knowledge to build a portfolio of evidence. To gain the full qualification you will also undertake an online health and safety assessment at the end of the programme.

What equipment will I need?

You will be required to wear a standard uniform and also PPE (Personal Protection Equipment) for practical work. This will be steel toe capped boots and overalls.

Where will I study?

Wigfield Farm
Haverlands Lane
S70 5NQ

What can I do next?

There are several opportunities available, one of which is to carry on studying for a Level 2 Certificate in Practical Animal Care skills.  Alternatively, you could progress onto the Level 2 Technical Certificate in Animal Care.

Beyond college, there are many opportunities such as stable work, kennel worker or pet shop assistant

How much does the course cost?

16 – 18 year olds

Full-time Barnsley College students aged 16-18 years old do not have to pay tuition fees.

19+ Students

Aged 19 or over and thinking about further education?

You may be eligible for free or reduced course fees . Please refer to our page ‘paying for your course.’

Financial support

You may be eligible for assistance with expenses such as travel, books, equipment and childcare. For further information please contact the Student Services Team on +44 (0)1226 216 114.

Extra information

Contact the Information Unit

For further information please contact our friendly Information Team on +44 (0)1226 216 123 or email

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Additional Learning Support

Our Additional Learning Support team can provide you with the support you need. Please contact them on +44 (0)1226 216 769.

English and Maths

Having good English and maths qualifications are important for most careers and we want to give you the help you need to succeed.

If you are aged 16 – 19 and don’t already have a grade C/4 or above in GCSE English and maths they will automatically be included in your study programme. If you want to work towards higher grades in English and maths or a higher level maths qualification we can help you do that too.

If you need any further information, please contact the Info Team.



Please note we reserve the right to change details without notice. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

Animal Care Level 1 Full-time