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Award in Introduction to Public Services, Animal Care & Sport

This introductory programme combines classroom theory and practical learning to provide a taster in a range of subject areas. Each of the programmes has been carefully crafted to provide you with maximum exposure to the types of skills you will experience in the work environment or within further study with us at Petroc. You will learn from curriculum experts in their field of expertise.

During the one-year programme, you will learn the core knowledge that underpins each industry and you will also develop occupationally-specific skills that will allow you to progress onto a higher level of study within your chosen specialism.

The course encompasses a qualification in public services, animal care and sport.

Some of the units covered within this course could include:
– Finding out about the public services
– Keeping active and healthy
– Maintaining the health and wellbeing of animals
– Developing a personal progression plan

You will achieve this by undertaking an assortment of carefully composed study components including core and specialist modules, a tutorial programme, and the opportunity to improve your GCSE maths and English. The course supports you to develop your study skills.

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Sep 2024 : North Devon : Full-time
Course Code : FTB496 (2024)
Level : Level 1
Duration : 1 Year
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Assessment method could be through a range of written based assignments, examinations or practical based assessments.

Entry Requirements

You must hold four GCSEs at grade 2 or equivalent (or above), preferably including Maths and English. If you do not have a GCSE grade 4 in Maths and/or English, you’ll continue studying these subjects alongside your chosen course(s). At the end of the year, you are expected to have completed and achieved all the components of your Level 1 Study Programme and improved your Maths and English skills (where applicable) before progressing on to your next course.


Upon successful completion of this course, you can progress onto the Transition to T Level Animal Care, Extended Diploma in Sport, or Extended Diploma in Uniformed Services.

Facilities and resources

You will be taught within a range of specialist facilities. Our brand-new Animal Centre houses a tropical room, rodent room, aviary and goat enclosure. And Tarka Leisure Centre (where you will undertake the sporting elements of the course), features an impressive range of facilities including a multi-use sports hall, a 110+ station gym, 2 fitness studios and top-of-the-range group cycling studio.

Study Programme

Every full-time student at Petroc will have their own Study Programme which will include:

– Your academic or vocational qualification.

– Maths and English Language development – if you have not achieved GCSE grade 4 in either of these subjects.

– Work Experience – hours will vary depending on your qualification and course level.

– Tutor Support – to support your personal, academic and professional development.

– Sustainability – helping you to identify how you can improve the sustainability of your future employment sectors.

– Personal Development Awards – developing six key areas of personal and employability behaviours to prepare you for the working world.

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Starting Date : 09/09/2024
Course Code : FTB496 (2024) North Devon Campus Apply

Why Petroc should be your first choice

Petroc offers high quality education and training across North and Mid Devon. We provide outstanding learning, excellent facilities, strong connections to employers and a supportive environment to help you fulfil your education goals and set you on your path to the career of your dreams.

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We offer a supportive and inclusive environment where you can flourish and feel a valued member of the college and wider community. 


Our teaching spaces and facilities are some of the best in the region, providing stimulating and true-to-life learning environments. 


We’ll provide you with the experiences you need to be ready for employment or the next step on your educational journey.

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