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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.


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.

There are hands-on prac­ti­cal ele­ments to this course and steel toe capped boots and sen­si­ble cloth­ing is required, includ­ing a Stam­ford col­lege tunic which is avail­able to pur­chase from our web­site. These are essen­tial and must be worn whilst work­ing on the Ani­mal Stud­ies Unit. Addi­tion­al­ly, all jew­ellery, pierc­ings and false nails must be removed dur­ing prac­ti­cal ses­sions and long hair tied back.

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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