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

Practical Vs Theory


Course overview

This prac­ti­cal course will devel­op your under­stand­ing of the land-based indus­try. You will learn how to assist with main­tain­ing the health, well-being and accom­mo­da­tion of ani­mals, includ­ing feed­ing, water­ing and han­dling, and how to care for and grow plants.


What Does The Pro­gramme Include

You will learn through a com­bi­na­tion of the­o­ry and prac­ti­cal-based learn­ing includ­ing writ­ten assess­ments, group dis­cus­sions, pre­sen­ta­tions and prac­ti­cal han­dling of a vari­ety of species.

Entry Require­ments

No for­mal entry require­ments are required, just a desire to work with ani­mals and be inter­est­ed in land based activities.

We will review each appli­ca­tion on a case-by-case basis to ensure you get a place on the course most suit­able for you. 

One of the ways we do this is through a very effec­tive 6 weeks to suc­cess pro­gramme’ that oper­ates from the first day you start your course. This includes sup­port such as (but not lim­it­ed to):

  • Allow­ing you to change cours­es if you change your mind in the first 6 weeks — sub­ject to availability
  • Mov­ing you between course lev­els if you are find­ing your cur­rent lev­el too easy / too hard — sub­ject to availability
  • Incor­po­rat­ing Eng­lish and maths GCSE in to your timetable if you have not passed them at a grade 4 or above
  • One-to-one reviews with your aca­d­e­m­ic tutor to ensure you are pro­gress­ing and achiev­ing well

Our course enquiries and admis­sions team can be con­tact­ed at enquiries@​stamford.​ac.​uk should you have any fur­ther questions.

How The Course Will Be Assessed

The major­i­ty of the assess­ment is com­plet­ed through ongo­ing assess­ment and prac­ti­cal han­dling of a vari­ety of species. 

Addi­tion­al Information

Over­alls are pro­vid­ed for var­i­ous lev­els but you will be required to pur­chase a tunic and steel-toe capped boots. Please see our stu­dent sup­port web page https://​www​.stam​ford​.ac​.uk/​c​o​l​l​e​g​e​-​l​i​f​e​/​s​u​p​p​o​r​t​-​s​e​r​vices on ways the col­lege can help with these items.

Poten­tial Future Career

On suc­cess­ful com­ple­tion of this course you can progress onto the Ani­mal Care Diplo­ma Lev­el 2 or employ­ment in the indus­try through an appren­tice­ship or work 


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The real hands-on expe­ri­ences I have gained work­ing with a range of species at Col­lege has allowed me to con­tin­ue my stud­ies and become a Vet­eri­nary Nurse.

Tom Curnow



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