Land-based studies (Animal Care pathway)

Certificate , Level 1
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What Our Students Say

I think I’ve really enjoyed the fact that I’ve had to make new friendships, especially because I didn’t know anyone coming in – but after the first few weeks I think I’ve adapted to it really well.


“When I first came I didn’t know anybody at the college but because it’s people you’re surrounded by and people with similar interests to you, you do make friends quickly and you make really close friendships with people because you’re listening to the same things and you’re going through the same things, and you can help each other as well.”


“The decision that made me pick between here and other places was when I came to the open day everyone was just really friendly and open, and it just felt like a really welcoming environment to be in.”


Did you know!

  • Practicals are undertaken at Home Farm or our Animal Care Centre
  • Assessed by course work and practical assessment only
  • This course can lead to study at level 2

Course Information


Care for domestic animals with our practical course. You will learn how to assist with the care of animals and ensure animal accommodation meets hygiene standards. You will monitor health, feed animals, and learn to handle and restrain them when required. You will be assessed via coursework and practical work; there are no exams.


If you’re in year 11 or 12 and are looking to take the next steps towards
your career, these courses are for you. Our vast selection of vocational courses
span a range of subjects and combine academic study with practical skills. Study
in industry-standard facilities and use our industry links to prepare for

Transport to Temple Newsam

There is a campus bus organised by the department, this departs at 8.40am
from Leeds Bus Station and picks learners up at 4.30pm. The bus is payable
onboard or termly, the cost is £5 per learner per week. Learners can book the
bus when they have enrolled on a course with us. For learners on bursary they
will be issued a free bus pass once their bursary application is

Course units/modules

Modules include but are not limited to:

  • Personal development units
  • Caring for and feeding animals
  • Moving and Accommodating animals
  • Maintain the health of animals

Benefits and skills

  • Be aware of relevant animal welfare legislation.
  • Monitor the health of animals and provide feed and water.
  • Handle and restrain animals safely.
  • Maintain animal accommodation including cleaning animal enclosures

Entry requirements

Two GCSE's at grade 2

Available Apprenticeships and Progression options

Progression may include a level 2 qualification or relevant employment.

Assessment types

Learners complete practical and theory assessments, these are compiled into a portfolio of evidence

Course details

Duration: 1 year
Start Date: 09/09/2024
Fees (16-18): No fee
Study Type: Full time
Course Code: 78883-01

Please note that for all courses starting on 9th September, there will be an induction week, WC 2nd September.

Employment Statistics

  • Animal care services occupations n.e.c.

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  • Veterinarians

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  • Human resources and industrial relations officers

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