Skills for Working Life (Animals)

City and Guilds , Entry Level
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“I decided to study at Leeds City College because I liked the equipment and the rooms that they had, and I liked how it was a whole new space – it had only recently been built so everything was brand spanking new and it looked really clean and really nice.”


“The tutors here, they are really interactive and they’re always there, even outside of lessons whenever you need something, we don’t go around calling everyone Sir or Miss, second names – we use first names for everything and there’s a more relaxed and friendly communication between the tutors and the students.”


“Before I came to Leeds City College, I was in school, I was in such a bad way at school, skiving lessons all the time, teachers always on my case, getting kicked out numerous times almost. So I applied for here just hoping to get on a course, I got accepted – it was entry Level 3. Dave was my tutor and I couldn’t have asked for anyone better as a tutor, because he just helped me. He helped me with every regard, with Maths and English, workshop work, the theory side of the workshop work – telling me how everything is and showing me what’s what.”


Did you know!

  • Undertake practicals with a variety of different species
  • Taught by industry professionals

Course Information


Get started in the small animal care industry by learning the basics on a practical and academic level.


Use your natural nurturing skills as you learn how to care for animals. You
will become skilled in small animal maintenance and welfare, learning how to
recognise their anatomy and check if a small animal is healthy. You will also
assist with the handling and restraint of small animals, and become familiar
with the different types of housing and bedding necessary for certain small

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

Who is this course for?

This qualification is for learners who aim to gain employment within the animal care industry, progress to an apprenticeship or a high-level animal management qualification.

Course units/modules

You will study a range of units designed to develop your skills, including:

  • Small animal maintenance
  • Small animal welfare
  • Small animal anatomy

Benefits and skills

  • Recognise the body parts of small animals, types of housing and bedding
  • You will be able to check that a small animal is healthy
  • Assist with the care and grooming of small animals
  • Catch and restrain small animals

Entry requirements

No formal entry requirements.

Available Apprenticeships and Progression options

Progression may include a Level 1 qualification or relevant employment.

Course details

Duration: 1 year full-time
Start Date: 09/09/2024
Fees (16-18): No fee
Study Type: Full time
Course Code: 78007-01

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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