Animal Care Diploma Level 1

  • NPTC Level 1 Diploma in Land-Based Studies (Animal Care)

    This one year course is an introduction to land based industries (animal care) and provides an opportunity to investigate job opportunities and to acquire appropriate vocational skills.


  • This unit provides an introduction to the interactions between plants and animals.

    It encourages learners to recognise the inter-dependence of different species and to lookfor the main characteristics of different types of habitat.

    Squirrel Clip Art

  • In this unit you will learn about the basic requirements and principles for feeding and watering animals and how to clean and maintain the equipment used to do this. You will become familiar with using various watering and feeding systems. You will be working practically with animals feeding individual or groups of animals.  

  • Throughout this module learners will perform health checks on animals and be able to recognise health and ill-health in animals, learn how to correctly administer preventative treatment for things such as fleas or mites. Learners will finally learn what potential animal emergency situations there are and how to deal with them to minimise stress to the animal and ensure their own safety.

  • In this unit you will explore the methods used to handle and restrain mammals, birds, fish, insects, reptiles and amphibians that are commonly kept as pets. You will learn about the equipment used to handle and restrain animals, and how to use it safely.

    You will learn about how to assess the behaviour of animals through their body language.

    You will gain practical experience in assisting with the handling and restraint of animals and you will consider the health and safety aspects.

    This unit will provide you with essential experience when trying to find employment in the animal care industry. 

  • Health and safety and its role in reducing accidents and lowering risk are a vital part of working practices.  This unit is concerned with learners following the correct procedures outlined by the employer, recommended codes of practice and current legislation.  Reporting procedures and the correct use of PPE, other equipment and the workplace are also included.  The unit will be taught using a range of situations including working with animals and machinery.

    Unit assessed via a 16 question multiple choice GOLA exam

  • Animal movement, restraint and handling are key elements of working with animals. Correct techniques ensure that the welfare of animals and the health and safety of the individual are maintained. 

    In this unit you will work with the following types of animals:

    • Rabbits & guinea pigs

    • Rodents

    • Dogs & cats

    • Reptiles

    • Insects

    • Birds