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Animal Studies Pathway

egg-timerFull Time
arrowLevel 1
calendar1 Year
pinLancaster & Morecambe College
Start date: 04/09/2022

This course is designed for 16-18 year olds and will be delivered as a study programme which includes work placement, as well as English and Maths where applicable.

The course is suitable for those who would like to pursue a career working with animals. The course will include theory-based lessons where students will learn how to care for animals, alongside practical workshop sessions where learners will apply the theoretical knowledge help to look after the College collection of over 150 animals.

Students will be expected to work outside in all weathers and follow a strict set of health & safety rules along with a dress code.

Entry Requirements

To study this course you will need:

  • General education at entry level

  • Enthusiasm for the subject/area

  • Commitment to study (attendance, punctuality & behaviour)

  • Proven interest in animal care and willingness to work with a range of animals species, as well as be willing to work outdoors in all weather

Course Activities

On the Aspire Pathway to Animal Studies you will study the following:

  • Health and Safety in the Work Place

  • Movement and Handling of Animals

  • Feeding and Watering Animals

  • Maintenance of Animal Accommodation

  • Employability Skills

All students aged 16 -19 are also required to study Functional Skills English and Maths qualifications or GCSE English and Maths if not already awarded a grade C/4 or higher in these subjects.

If you have a grade D/3 at GCSE you will study maths and/or English GCSE. Students with a grade lower than D/3 will work towards GCSE through the study of maths and English Functional Skills.

Students aged 19+ are strongly encouraged to take relevant English and Maths qualifications to support progression into further or higher education, training or employment. All LMC students will receive tutorial support.

You will be expected to undertake regular home study on this course and will need to wear suitable clothing for practical work and working outside e.g. a waterproof jacket with work boots or wellingtons.

To assess you throughout your studies, you will complete projects, exams/online tests and practical performance observations.

For this course you will work towards an AIM VOC in Skills for Working in the Animal Care Industries. The level and size of qualification will be decided based on your entry qualifications, previous experience and initial assessment results.

Progression Opportunities

This course can lead to study at the next level in Animal Care, a Traineeship or employment.

LMC offers a range of courses in the subject, similar courses you may be interest in include:

  • Level 1 Land-based Studies Diploma

  • Level 2 Technical Certificate in Animal Care

  • Traineeship in Animal Care

You can discover all the opportunities available to you by exploring the full list of careers in this industry.


If you would like to apply for this course, please click 'Apply' in the top right, follow the steps, and our Admissions Team will be in touch with you.

For more information, advice and guidance please phone Student & Learning Services on 01524 521385 or 0800 306306 or email

Course code: A34064-A1A