Level 1 Animal Care

City and Guilds Level 1 Diploma in Animal Care

In 2017 98% of Foundation students achieved their qualification


This course introduces you to a range of animal care skills. You will learn about how to feed and look after both small animals. You will also get to learn about the animal care industry. This will prepare you for progressing onto higher level courses or into work.

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Key facts

  • Start date: September
  • Duration: A full-time 1 year course running over 4 days per week.
  • Location: Brooksby
  • Fees: This course is fully funded for all school leavers.

Your future

You will be able to progress onto a Level 2 Animal Care, Level 2 Horse Care, or Level 2 Agriculture course.

Entry requirements

Initial Assessment and interview. 1 GCSE at grade E or above or grade 2-9 in English


  • Preparing for Work in Animal Care
  • Learning to Work Safely With Animals
  • Caring for Small Animals
  • Caring for Horses
  • Caring for Farm Animals

English and Maths

English and Maths are very important for you during your studies and beyond. The Government has introduced new standards which mean that employers will looking for these skills when you enter the workplace. BMC is committed to ensuring that our students leave us with everything they need to reach their goals and meet the expectations of the industry.

If you are under 19 and narrowly miss the English and/or Maths requirements of your course (by one grade), don’t worry – BMC can offer you a suitable course at another level and you can take GCSE English or Maths alongside it (daytime and evening options available). Learners will not be expected to take both GCSE English and GCSE Maths in the same year.

If you are under 19 and miss the English and/or Maths entry requirements of your course by more than one grade, BMC offers Functional Skills, an effective method to improve literacy and numeracy, for up to two hours per week.

Visit Us

If you like what you’ve seen so far, why not come along to our next Brooksby Campus Open Event?

This is a fantastic way for you to get a feel for what it’s like to be a student at BMC. You will get to meet our industry-expert teaching staff, tour our fantastic facilities and find out everything you need to know about courses at BMC.

For a list of our upcoming events, click here.

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