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Animal Care (Practical Skills) Level 1 (FAGR)

Barnsley College

Church Street, Barnsley, South Yorkshire, S70 2AX

Other Regulated/Accredited Qualification
Level 1
BC4
Agriculture, Horticulture and Animal Care

Course Summary

There’s a common saying that you should never work with animals. Try telling that to a Penguinologist…

Whether you’ve got a passion for your penguins, you’re crazy about your cats or you have an almost unhealthy love of llamas, working with animals could be the perfect career move for you. Key skills include being confident handling animals, patience, and a willingness to get your hands dirty. Being good at belly rubs and the ability to scratch behind ears are also desirable. Barnsley College has it’s very own farm! Set in the Worsbrough Country Park area of Barnsley, Wigfield Farm has three main functions:

  • A working farm producing livestock
  • A base for Barnsley College Land based courses
  • An Open Farm and Visitors Centre accessible to the local and wider community


Although farm staff are employed, the day to day work of the farm is undertaken by students following one of our many programmes of study gives them a real working environment to develop their skills and knowledge. We have a wide range of animals including meerkats, cows, goats, Shetland ponies, donkeys, alpacas, pigs, sheep, chickens, red deer, guinea pigs, rabbits and much more. There is also a rodent room and an aquatics room featuring many different varieties of fish and other aquatic life. Our students take a walk on the wild side in our exotics room where they care for and study a variety of reptiles. This course is ideal if you are interested in a career working with animals, introducing the main principles and practices of animal care and welfare.

Course Details

Based at our Wigfield Farm campus, this one year study programme is for learners who wish to develop practical skills in the care and welfare of a variety of animals and prepare themselves to work in this interesting industry.

The areas of study are:

  • Feeding and watering animals
  • Preparing animal accommodation
  • Handling and restraint of animals
  • Maintain health and wellbeing of animals
  • Safe and effective working practices in land based studies
  • Animals in the wild and in society
  • Work experience

How will it be delivered?

You will complete a portfolio of practical and written evidence that shows achievement of all relevant learning outcomes. Assessment is pass/fail only.

Entry requirements

  • 2 GCCSEs at grade 2 or above one must be English
  • Acceptance onto the programme is also subject to an interview

Your next steps...

There are several opportunities available, one of which is to carry on studying for a Level 2 Certificate in Practical Animal Care skills. Beyond college, there are many opportunities such as groomer, veterinary assistant, equine or stable work, kennel worker or pet shop assistant.

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