Course Information

Where is the course delivered?

  • Yeovil Centre

Who is the course for?

  • Anyone who would like to acquire the knowledge, skills and understanding to work in the land-based industries.
  • Anyone who wants a nationally recognised qualification to work in the land-based industries.
  • Anyone who would like to progress to higher vocational qualifications within their chosen land-based industry.

What does the course involve?

This is a Level 1 course which involves classroom-based and practical work with hands-on experience in a variety of Land-based industries. You will complete seven units for the full Diploma. 

The course features visits and trips related to the course. The aim of the course is to equip you with the knowledge and skills to move into employment at a junior level or to progress to a Level 2 vocational course.

Units of Study could include:

  • Safe and effective working practices in land-based industries
  • Developing performance in land-based industries
  • Animals in the wild and in society
  • Assist with maintaining the health and wellbeing of animals
  • Assist with the feeding and watering of animals
  • Assist with the preparation and maintenance of animal accommodation
  • Assist with the handling and restraint of animals

What makes this course special?

You will sample a range of animal care based industries, in practical contexts. This gives you the opportunity to see if a career in these industries is right for you, and helps you choose which area to specialise in.

You will experience a hands-on approach to learning that will help you to develop your practical skills, whilst you develop the essential communication, information technology, English and maths skills you will need to succeed in industry. 

You will received a whole package of skills that are relevant to progressing onto your next step which could be employment or another course of study. 

You will be working within an industry standard animal care unit where you will learn and develop practical care skills with a range of animals from ponies to Snails, Burmese pythons to mice.


There is a residential trip (Study Tour) which will allow you to experience some of the real life applications you have been learning about, and to develop your team work and cooperative skills whilst having a great time.

Placements/Work Placements

Although not an assessed unit, we believe that relevant work experience is important to your understanding and skill development. If you wish to organise a placement it would benefit and compliment your studies.

Entry Requirements

  • You will need GCSEs in the D – G or 3 - 1 range or other equivalent qualifications.
  • A genuine interest in the land-based industries and a willingness to learn.

You will be invited to attend an interview to assess your suitability for the course.

What are the assessment methods?

Assessment is based on a portfolio of evidence that includes:

  • Written assignments
  • Practical assessments
  • An externally marked online assessment

How long is the course?

The course runs for one academic year at our Yeovil Centre.

What are the College attendance requirements?

  • Three full days in College
  • College expectations are to achieve at least 90% attendance by the end of the course. 

Are there any additional costs for the course?

  • Clothing and PPE
  • Residential trips

These can be bought through the College during induction week or paid for through the year in the case of trips and residential. 

What are the progression options?

  • Progress to full or part-time programmes at Level 2.


Previous students’ destinations include:

  • Big cat keeper at Longleat
  • Business degree student at Bridgwater & Taunton College

Awarding Body

City & guilds


16-19 bursary is available to learners on a means tested basis. 

Further Information