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Land-based Studies (Animal Care)

Course Overview

Do you have a genuine interest in animals? This course will enable you to learn and develop your practical animal handling skills, and prepare you for employment in this sector. You will study several units such as nutrition and health care, however, the main emphasis of the course is on the practical aspects of caring for animals. You will need to obtain a weekly voluntary work placement involving animals to run alongside the course and several block placements to increase your knowledge and confidence.

What topics are covered?

You will learn to:

  • Assist with maintaining the health and wellbeing of animals
  • Assist with the movement, handling and accommodation of animals
  • Maintain safe and effective working practices in land-based industries


As a full-time student at Bath College, you will follow a study programme consisting of a vocational diploma, maths and English, employability skills, volunteering and tutorial. Please visit our Study Programmes page for details.

Who is the course aimed at?

This course is most suited for people aged 16-18 who are just starting (out on their) vocational learning.

What are the entry requirements?

Four full GCSEs at grades G or above, with literacy and numeracy to at least entry level.
You will need to show a genuine interest in working with animals through previous work experience. You will also need to attend a formal interview.

How will I learn?

There will be a mixture of theory and supported self-study periods, with an emphasis on practical application.

What can I do after this course?

Progress to Level 2 Diploma in Animal Care

What funding is available?

For funding information, please refer to our Funding page.

What facilities are available?

Our Animal Care Centre is home to all sorts of rodents, birds, reptiles, amphibians, fish and creepy crawlies.

Which department is this course in?


Where can I find out more information?

For advice or more details please telephone 01225 312191 or email info@bathcollege.ac.uk. You may also visit our Student Advice Centre.

If you have a learning difficulty or disability, please contact Additional Learning Support to arrange additional help.

How do I apply?

Online: Click the "Apply" button and fill out an online application form.

By post: download the Full-Time Application Form and send to Student Advice Centre, Bath College, Avon Street, Bath BA1 1UP.

In person: Visit the Student Advice Centre in either of our campuses

To find out more about the application process, please go to the How to Apply page.


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