Course information

Study type Study Tier Start Date Duration Course Contact

Full Time

  • Intermediate
14 September 2020TBCRob Mew

Entry Requirements

The Isle of Wight College has standard entry requirements for full-time college courses, depending on the level of the course to be studied.

There may be additional entry requirements for a small number of specialist courses. If this course is one of these specialist courses, additional entry requirements will be stated below.


Students will have a 15-20 minutes presentation by section leader. This will include overview of the land based industries, courses available at the different levels of qualification; career and course progression, what the college expect from students and how they are assessed will be discussed.

Then, individual students will be interviewed by 2 members of staff who will inform you of the outcome before you leave (unless further discussions are required).

Students must bring a pen to the interview.


Those people who enjoy practical outdoor work and have already had some experience or interest in working in the Land Based Industries. Some work experience with animals will be beneficial.


You will complete up to 7 units depending on the size of the intermediate qualification that you take:

  • Undertake work experience in the Land-based Industries
  • Maintain Animal Health and Welfare
  • Maintain Animal Accommodation
  • Introduction to Animal Behaviour and Handling
  • Plan and monitor Animal Feeding
  • Understanding the principles of animal biology
  • Understand the Principles and Practices of Animal Establishments


You will learn by completing practical projects and assignments that are based on realistic workplace situations. The course will cover basic knowledge and important practical skills. You will also spend at least 1 day each week on work experience.


The Level 2 Diploma is the equivalent to 4 GCSEs grade A*-C. A level 2 Diploma can develop the skills you need to start or progress a career in catteries, kennels, veterinary nursing, animal welfare, animal rehabilitation, zoos or animal collections.

The qualification provides a good progression for the Level 3 Diploma or Extended Diploma in Animal Management. To achieve this, you must gain a minimum of overall Distinction grade, with a Distinction grade in the Principles of Animal Biology unit and be successful in your functional skills programmes.


Completion of work experience is an essential requirement of the course. Placements include kennels, catteries, farms, veterinary practices and animal rescue establishments.


You must be up to date with Tetanus protection.

Study Programmes

All Study Programmes for 16-19 year olds at The Isle of Wight College are designed to include:

  • Work experience which is effective, relevant, and includes careers fairs, site visits, guest speakers and introduces you to the expectations of the real demands of work
  • Extended work experience/industry placement for Level 2 learners Over the course of your Level 2 study programme you may be expected to do between 36 – 415 hours of industry placement depending on the course you have chosen. All learners are expected, and encouraged, to do their best to find their own relevant, purposeful work experience which supports their career progression.
  • English and maths, where students have not yet achieved a GCSE grade A* - C (9 - 4 using the new grades) in these subjects by age 16
  • Non-qualification activity, such as tutorials and work-related learning, to help further develop the personal skills relevant to your progression goals
  • A vocational experience which will form the substantial part of the programme

These four elements of the programme should combine to provide stretch and challenge for you helping to prepare you for progression to employment or further study.

Please refer to the 16 to 19 study programme document to learn more.

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