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Animal Care Level 1 Certificate

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Key information

Qualification type


Course code


Career Pathway

Animal management


Level 1


1 year


Broughton Road,
Banbury, OX16 9QA

If you are a self-confessed 'animal person', a career in animal management might be perfect for you.

Did you know 47% of the UK's population has a pet, meaning there are over 24 million pets in the UK? With a qualification in animal management, you will be spoilt for choice when considering your next steps!

New for 2019, our animal management programme offers exciting and rewarding opportunities to work directly with animals, based at our brand new animal management centre in Banbury. 

Studying and learning in a hands-on environment, you will have the opportunity to work directly with fish, insects, small animals such as rabbits, guinea pigs and ferrets, and reptiles such as snakes and small lizards. Our state-of-the-art animal management centre will help you develop skills and knowledge in a realistic and professional environment. 

This course is designed for school leavers and is an ideal qualification for those intending to progress directly to employment in animal care, or to an animal care apprenticeship.

Possible careers include:

  • animal technician
  • groom
  • pet shop worker
  • groundsperson
  • veterinary nurse

What I'll learn

The qualification has been designed to provide the study skills and introductory vocational knowledge for learners who wish to progress within the field of animal care. It is ideal for learners intending to progress directly to employment in animal management. 

You will receive a comprehensive introduction to animal care, study skills and time management.

At the end of the course you will receive an Animal Care OCNLR Level 1 Certificate in skills for professionals, and you can progress from there directly onto the Animal Management Level 2 Diploma at Banbury and Bicester College.


How I'll learn

You will assist with the movement and handling of animals and develop your confidence and abilities to work with and care for animals.

You'll care for fish and aquatic environments as well as prepare, clean and maintain animal accommodation. 


An ideal qualification for those intending to progress to employment in animal care and management and associated industries."

Faculty Director

Entry Requirements

There are no formal requirements but at interview you will need to show an interest in caring for animals. 

On the course, you must wear sturdy footwear and a college sweatshirt and polo shirt.


How to Apply

You can apply for this programme online. Click on APPLY NOW and follow the steps below:

  • Register for our online service and verify your account
  • Log in to our website and click APPLY NOW on your chosen programme’s page to complete your application

As part of your application, you will be asked to provide us with your contact details, how your chosen programme fits with your future plans and if you require any extra support (for example, because of a disability, medical condition, learning or language support needs). 
Please include full details of your qualifications from your own country, as well as details of any English Language tests you have taken.

Printed application forms are also available.

Please contact our Careers team if you need advice and guidance to help you choose the right programme for you.