Practical Small Animal Care (ABC) Certificate Level 1

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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’ll be assessed via coursework and practical work, there are no exams.


Who is this course for?

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 progression.

Benefits / 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

GCSEs at grade 3 in English and maths.

Career Progression

Progression may include a level 2 qualification or relevant employment.

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Course Details


1 year

Study Type

Full time

Start Date


Course Code


Course Fee (16-18)

No fee

Course Facts


English and maths will be built into your course if your grades are below 4.

Labour Market

There are 1,836 jobs in the animal care and vetinary science sector in Leeds. (EMSI, 2019)

Student Testimonial

“I really enjoy the course because I learn a lot and it is very hands-on. It encourages me to work hard.” - Daisy Wilson Land & Animal Sciences student _________________________________________________________________________ “I am really enjoying my course so far, especially working with the reptiles.” - Red Purkiss Land & Animal Sciences student
School of Land & Animal Sciences
Leeds City College
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