This is a 360 hour per year, vocational course offering an introduction to learning about the animal care and land sector. The content covers a wide range of topics allowing the learner to investigate those related to training, the working environment and related educational subjects on animal care.
There are eight units in total.
Three core units:
* Starting Work in the Land-Based Industries
* Working Safely in Land-Based Industries
* Skills Development in the Land-Based Industries
Two personal skill units:
* Social Responsibility at Work
* Financial Management.
Three specialist units:
* Caring for Small Animals
* Water and Fish
* The Environment.
Teaching and assessment
Methods of assessment include; assignments, work sheets, quizzes, practical observations, talks, discussions, posters, leaflets and written presentations of findings such as information sheets. The methods through which students will demonstrate knowledge includes producing a portfolio, compiled of assignments, witness observations, video footage, collected data and experimental write ups. Diagrams, posters and leaflets will also be used to present the work.
All students will study Key skills in personal development classes. These are assessed as a free standing qualification but embedded into the course. As such they will gain separate recognition for this.
The course is a full time post which requires 16 hours per week contact. The timetable is such, that the students are required to commit to their studies outside of the classes and complete assignments for homework.
If successful, the candidate can progress on to a level 2 qualification such as the First Diploma in Animal Care or the First Diploma in Science. Alternatively students may wish to enter into employment. This would be in assistance positions for kennels, catteries, horse stables or similar businesses.