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Land-Based Studies Level 1

Land-Based Studies Level 1

egg-timerFull Time
arrowLevel 1
hat16-18, Adult FT
calendar1 Year
pinLancaster & Morecambe College
Start date: 02/09/2024

This course is an introduction to the Land-based industries with a particular focus on animal care and welfare. It provides an opportunity to investigate job opportunities and to acquire appropriate vocational skills.

The course will include a substantial amount of careers related learning designed to support progression to the suitable next step, this could include educational trips, employability skills sessions and employer encounters such as guest speakers. For 16-18 year old learners this will be delivered as a study programme which includes English and Maths where applicable.

The qualification you will receive is the City & Guilds Level 1 Land-Based Diploma which is assessed by online exams, coursework, projects, written assignments and observation of practical competence.

Course Overview

The timetable will cover 3 days per week in College; lessons are a mix of classroom based theory lessons and practical workshop sessions where you will gain the required underpinning knowledge of domestic and wild animals and the practical husbandry skills with a variety of small animals. There will be some home study required.

Work related experience is a mandatory part of the qualification where you must complete a minimum of 60 hours’ work within a Land-based industry setting.

The course may include educational visits to organisations such as:

  • Blackpool Zoo

  • Chester Zoo

  • Greenland’s Farm

Students will also be visited by a number of guest speakers who will deliver informative talks and workshops. Guest speakers in the past have come from organisations such as:

  • AJ Exotics and Pet Supplies

  • Bay Vets Ltd

  • Creepy Crawly Roadshow

Industry Links

Work related experience is an essential part of the Land-based curriculum allowing you to apply the knowledge you have gained in class and develop the work behaviours required for the Land-based industry.

There is a mandatory element of the course, that you are required to complete a minimum number of hours (set by the examining body) in an external work placement over a 2 week block in term 2.

Support is available from our Work Placement Co-ordinator who will work with you to ensure you are placed with an appropriate employer.

Progression Routes

Progression opportunities within College include the Aspire Pathway to Animal Studies, the Animal Care & Welfare Assistant Traineeship and the Animal Care Level 2 course.

There are many exciting careers within the Land-based & Animal Care industries, jobs include:

  • Zookeeper

  • Pet Shop Assistant

  • Kennel Worker

  • Dog Handler

  • Dog Groomer

  • Animal Rescue Officer

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

Entry Requirements

To study this course, you must:

  • Show enthusiasm for the subject area

  • Demonstrate a commitment to study

  • Be prepared to work outdoors in all weather conditions

  • Have good interpersonal skills

  • Follow a strict set of health & Safety rules and dress code

Students must also have 3 GCSEs at grade G/1 or higher PLUS grade F/2 or higher in English and Maths.

How to Apply

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: A30087-A1A