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

If you are looking for the first step into land-based careers then this course is for you.

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1 Year


September 2020 start


You will gain an introduction to animal care and countryside studies.

You will study 3-10 of 40 optional units, including:

  • Assist with the care of animals
  • Farm animal health
  • Assist with the movement and handling of small animals
  • Assist with feedstuffs for small animals
  • Assist with animal accommodation
  • Assist with maintaining plants
  • Assist with the propagation of plants from seed
  • Prepare and plant a container for display

Entry Requirements

A minimum of 4 GCSE’s with the following grades:

  • English at 2 or above and maths at 1 or above, and
  • two other GCSEs at grade 2 or above

You must have a keen interest in working with animals or the environment.

Assessment Methods

Assessment is continuous with tutorials, presentations, written assignments, and practical work.


If you have previous experience working in either animal care or other land-based sectors you could use this programme as a stepping stone to re-enter work.

Fees & Funding

If you’re a full time student under the age of 19 you will not usually need to pay any course or examination fees. Students aged 19+ should contact the information office, tel: 01484 437070 for fee information.

There may be some essential costs for the course, including overalls and/or lab coat, strong footwear, and some travel costs for visits. Help may be available for students in financial difficulties. For more information contact student support services, tel: 0500 162100.


For more information on applying for this course please see the Apply page.

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