Level 3 Certificate in Practical Animal Care Skills

About the Course

This one-year, full-time level 3 Certificate in Practical Animal Care Skills is intended for learners aged 19+ who wish to progress into employment or further study in the animal care sector, or for learners who are currently working in the sector, in paid or unpaid employment.

Accredited by Skills and Education Group Awards, the qualification has been developed in consultation with employers, providers and Lantra, in order to confirm that the content is appropriate and consistent with current industry practice.

Course Content

Learners will gain practical skills, develop sound working practices, and essential industry knowledge to help progression into higher levels of learning or into sustainable employment within the animal care sector.

This qualification consists of the following mandatory and selected optional specialist units.

The mandatory content gives students a broad introduction on how to promote and maintain the health and wellbeing of animals, including identification of abnormal signs, monitoring, and maintaining accurate records

Mandatory Unit

  • Promote and maintain the health and wellbeing of animals

Selected Specialist Units

Students will also study the following selection of specialist units.

  • Promote and maintain the health and wellbeing of animals
  • Promote, monitor and maintain health, safety and security in the workplace
  • Plan the accommodation of animals
  • Plan diets and feeding regimes for animals
  • Plan the handling and restraint of animals
  • Recognise and interpret the behaviour of animals
  • Provide information on how to maintain the behaviour, health and welfare of animals

Entry Requirements

The following information provides students with the entry requirements for this particular course.

  • 5 GCSEs at Grade 9-4 or A*-C
  • Must include English, Maths and Science
  • Satisfactory references from most recent school, college or employer

Please note:
Alternative qualifications or experience will be considered on application.

Work Placements

Learners are expected to gain a minimum one day per week work experience.

Method of Assessment

Units will be internally assessed and moderated both internally and externally via a learner's portfolio and other related evidence, against each unit’s outcomes and assessment criteria.