Animal Care

Borders College


Newtown St Boswells Campus


You will study topics including Practical Animal Feeding, Maintaining Animal Accommodation, Maintaining Animal Health, Handling and Care of Small Animals (including birds, fish and reptiles) and Core Skills. In practical classes you will undertake routine health care, feeding and handling techniques with a range of small animals.

This course will give learners an understanding of animal breeds and grooming, allowing the individual the opportunity to develop a range of skills and techniques, personal skills and attributes essential for successful performance in working life.

Entry Requirements

1 subject at national 5 plus 4 at National 4.

Progression Routes

Successful students showing a high degree of motivation may progress to the HNC Animal Care course at Borders College. Examples of possible employment opportunities include Care Assistant working in boarding establishments and pet shops or SSPCA Assistant.

Start Date




Study Method

Full time

Course Length

36 weeks


Horse and Animal Care

SCQF Level


Career Sectors


Aquaculture and Fishing

Arboriculture and Forestry

Earth Studies

Environmental and Rural Resource Management

Environmental Services

Horticulture and Landscaping

Work with Animals