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Key Facts

Level:
Entry Level 3
Subject Sector:
3.3 Animal Care and Veterinary Science
Credits:
6
Qualification No:
603/2025/4
GLH:
60 hours
Total qualification time:
60 hours
Price:
£28.00 per learner
Age Range:
Pre 16, 16-18, 19+

Qualification purpose

Prepare for further learning or training and/or develop knowledge and/or skills in a subject area

Qualification Grading Type

Pass

Assessment Methods

  • Portfolio of Evidence

  • Why choose this qualification?

    The Skills for the Land-based sector qualifications form part of a suite of ‘Skills for…’ qualifications that cover a number of sectors and are available at Entry 3 and Level 1. The employability skills units are common across the suite, enabling easy transfer of credits between qualifications and supporting opportunities for cross-faculty working.

    The qualifications have been developed with the support of a number of further education colleges, training providers and adult and community learning providers. They have been designed to be consistent with the principles for study programmes for 16-19 year olds but are also relevant, particularly in the case of the smaller qualifications, for adults including the unemployed. These qualifications are also suitable for pre-16 learners.

    The Skills for the Land-based sector qualifications are intended to provide learners with a broad introduction to the land-based sector, equipping learners with underpinning knowledge and skills specific to the sector alongside a range of transferable employability skills. They are designed to support progression to further learning and ultimately to work in the land-based or other related sectors.

    Rules of Combination

    Learners must complete at least one unit from the Mandatory Group and a further unit from either the Mandatory or Optional Unit Groups.


    Units

    Mandatory

    Learners must complete a minimum of one unit from this group.

    Health and Safety in the Land-based Workplace

    Level:
    Entry Level 3
    Guided Learning Hours:
    40
    Credits:
    4
    Unit No:
    L/615/8290
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    Working in the Land-based sector

    Level:
    Entry Level 3
    Guided Learning Hours:
    40
    Credits:
    4
    Unit No:
    R/615/8355
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    Optional Units: Land Based

    Learners may complete one unit from this group.

    Animal Health and Wellbeing

    Level:
    Entry Level 3
    Guided Learning Hours:
    40
    Credits:
    4
    Unit No:
    Y/615/8194
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    Caring for Animals: Feeding and Grooming

    Level:
    Entry Level 3
    Guided Learning Hours:
    40
    Credits:
    4
    Unit No:
    K/615/8197
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    Cleaning and Maintaining Animal Accommodation

    Level:
    Entry Level 3
    Guided Learning Hours:
    40
    Credits:
    4
    Unit No:
    M/615/8198
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    Cultivating Compost and Soils

    Level:
    Entry Level 3
    Guided Learning Hours:
    30
    Credits:
    3
    Unit No:
    L/615/8256
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    Cultivating Herbs

    Level:
    Entry Level 3
    Guided Learning Hours:
    30
    Credits:
    3
    Unit No:
    R/615/8257
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    Cultivating Plant Cuttings

    Level:
    Entry Level 3
    Guided Learning Hours:
    20
    Credits:
    2
    Unit No:
    T/615/8283
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    Dealing with Emergencies in Animal Care

    Level:
    Entry Level 3
    Guided Learning Hours:
    30
    Credits:
    3
    Unit No:
    A/615/8284
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    Estate Maintenance

    Level:
    Entry Level 3
    Guided Learning Hours:
    30
    Credits:
    3
    Unit No:
    J/615/8286
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    Garden Habitats

    Level:
    Entry Level 3
    Guided Learning Hours:
    30
    Credits:
    3
    Unit No:
    R/615/8288
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    Garden Maintenance

    Level:
    Entry Level 3
    Guided Learning Hours:
    30
    Credits:
    3
    Unit No:
    Y/615/8289
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    Identifying and Controlling Common Pests

    Level:
    Entry Level 3
    Guided Learning Hours:
    30
    Credits:
    3
    Unit No:
    R/615/8291
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    Lawn Care

    Level:
    Entry Level 3
    Guided Learning Hours:
    30
    Credits:
    3
    Unit No:
    D/615/8293
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    Moving, Handling, Catching and Restraining Small Animals

    Level:
    Entry Level 3
    Guided Learning Hours:
    50
    Credits:
    5
    Unit No:
    A/615/8303
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    Organic Horticulture

    Level:
    Entry Level 3
    Guided Learning Hours:
    30
    Credits:
    3
    Unit No:
    F/615/8304
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    Planting in a Container

    Level:
    Entry Level 3
    Guided Learning Hours:
    20
    Credits:
    2
    Unit No:
    J/615/8305
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    Propagating Plants

    Level:
    Entry Level 3
    Guided Learning Hours:
    40
    Credits:
    4
    Unit No:
    R/615/8307
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    Receiving, Storing and Preparing animal Feed

    Level:
    Entry Level 3
    Guided Learning Hours:
    40
    Credits:
    4
    Unit No:
    K/615/8345
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    Soils and Crop Plants

    Level:
    Entry Level 3
    Guided Learning Hours:
    30
    Credits:
    3
    Unit No:
    T/615/8347
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    Sowing and Growing Techniques

    Level:
    Entry Level 3
    Guided Learning Hours:
    30
    Credits:
    3
    Unit No:
    T/615/8350
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    The Seasons in Gardening

    Level:
    Entry Level 3
    Guided Learning Hours:
    40
    Credits:
    4
    Unit No:
    F/615/8352
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    Understanding Animals

    Level:
    Entry Level 3
    Guided Learning Hours:
    40
    Credits:
    4
    Unit No:
    L/615/8354
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    What is the purpose of this qualification?

    This qualification is suitable for learners with an interest in the land based sector. Learner have the opportunity to either focus solely on animal care or on land based studies (agriculture, horticulture and forestry) or a combination of both. It is particularly appropriate for:

    • young people interested in a career in the land based sector who intend to access level 2 qualifications or a level 2 apprenticeship but need a comprehensive learning programme at level 1 before they will be ready to access level 2
    • young people and adults, including those who have had a significant break from or disjointed experience of education, who wish to work in the land-based sector but need an extensive grounding in the subject and an opportunity to develop more general workplace skills, usually over a two-year period, before applying for work.


    What skills, knowledge, or understanding does this qualification develop?

    Learners will develop a broad understanding of the land based sector and skills. Depending upon their choice of units learners develop practical skills in animal care or agriculture, horticulture and forestry or a combination of both. They will also develop their employability skills.


    How is this qualification different from other, similar qualifications?

    This qualification is part of a suite which includes an Award, Certificate and Diploma. You should take the Award if you need only a small amount of focused learning in the land based sector at this level, before progressing to a Level 1 qualification or to employment (with further training where possible).


    Progression & Entry Requirements

    This qualification is part of a suite which includes an Award, Certificate and Diploma. Learners should take the Award should take the Certificate if you need a broad introduction to the sector, as well as more generic workplace skills, before progressing to a Level 1 qualification or to employment (with further training where possible).

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