Course Information

Where is the course delivered?

  • Cannington 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. Learners will complete seven units for the full Diploma taken from both Animal Care and Horse care pathways.

The course features visits and trips related to the course. The aim of the course is to equip learners with the knowledge and skills to move into employment at a junior level or to progress to a level two 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 & in Society
  • Assist with Handling and Restraint
  • Assist with the Feeding and Watering of Animals
  • Assist with the Preparation for Exercise and Aftercare of Horse 
  • Maintain the Health of Horses

What makes this course special?

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

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

As a foundation learning package learners will develop essential employability skills and take part in a range of personal and social development activities both practical and classroom-based.

Learners will be working within an industry standard animal care unit and commercial equine yard where they will learn and develop practical care skills with a range of animals from horses to Snails, Burmese pythons to mice.


There is a residential trip (Study Tour) which will allow learners to experience some of the real life applications they have been learning about, and to develop their 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 learners understanding and skill development. If learners wish to organise a placement it would benefit and compliment their studies. There is a supported volunteer placement as part of the programme.

Entry Requirements

  • Learners 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.

Learners 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 Cannington centre.

What are the College attendance requirements?

  • 3/4 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