BTEC Level 1 Introductory Certificate in Land Based Studies

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Care for domestic animals with our practical course. You will learn how to assist with the care of animals and ensure animal accommodation meets hygiene standards. You will monitor health, feed animals, and learn to handle and restrain them when required. You’ll be assessed via coursework and practical work, there are no exams.

Course Information

This one year full time course will allow learners to assist with the health and welfare of a wide variety of animals. The course includes both practical and theoretical elements and is assessed using a variety of methods.

Assessment types:

This course is assessed by course work and practical assessments.


Who is this course for?

If you’re in year 11 or 12 and are looking to take the next steps towards your career these courses are for you. Our vast selection of vocational courses span a range of subjects and combine academic study with practical skills. Study in industry standard facilities and use our industry links to prepare for progression.

Units / Modules

Modules include but are not limited to:

  • Personal development units
  • Caring for and feeding animals
  • Moving and Accommodating animals
  • Maintain the health of animals

Benefits / Skills

  • Be aware of relevant animal welfare legislation.
  • Monitor the health of animals and provide feed and water.
  • Handle and restrain animals safely.
  • Maintain animal accommodation including cleaning animal enclosures
  • Entry Requirements

    Two GCSE’s at grade 2-3.

    Career Progression

    Progression may include a level 2 qualification or relevant employment.

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    Course Details


    1 year

    Study Type

    Full time

    Start Date


    Course Code


    Course Fee (16-18)

    No fee

    Course Facts


    Practicals are undertaken at Home Farm or at our Animal Care Centre

    Extra Curriculum

    Assessed by course work and practical assessment only


    This course can lead to study at level 2

    Student Testimonial

    “I really enjoy the course because I learn a lot and it is very hands-on. It encourages me to work hard.” - Daisy Wilson Land & Animal Sciences student _________________________________________________________________________ “I am really enjoying my course so far, especially working with the reptiles.” - Red Purkiss Land & Animal Sciences student
    School of Land & Animal Sciences
    Leeds City College
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