School of Land & Animal Sciences

Poultry Keeping for Beginners

If you are interested in keeping poultry at home but lack the knowledge on how to look after them then this is the course for you!

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Animal Management Foundation Diploma BTEC Level 3

Unlock advanced skills and a deeper understanding of animals so you can prepare for a career in animal welfare.

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iPet Network Level 3 Award in Canine Emergency First Aid

This Ofqual-regulated qualification will give you everything you need to successfully deal with dogs in need of emergency treatment. Covering the most...

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About the School

The School of Land & Animal Sciences is based at the scenic Home Farm at Temple Newsam, allowing students to put theory into practice in a natural environment. Courses cover multiple principles and practices of animal care across domestic animals and wildlife. Students can expect to gain management knowledge as well as practical experience with grooming and caring.


The School of Land and Animal Science is based within Home Farm at the Temple Newsam estate in Leeds. On arrival at the estate please follow sign posts to the farm which is based next to the courtyard cafe.


Access to farm animals and farm land, rustic classrooms, parkland, domestic animals and observation opportunities.

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Meet the Team

Chris Gilbert,


Half man half coffee, a wrangler of snakes, and lifter of heavy things.

“I consider myself so lucky to be working at Temple Newsam. What other office or classroom  can boast the fresh air, open space, woodland commutes and exciting animals on its doorstep that mine has?!

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Darren Campini

Program Manager

Fishing fanatic, iPhone addict, coffee and chocolate consumer.

““I really enjoy working at Temple Newsam campus and I take such pleasure in the experiences and opportunities we are able to offer students. Our lessons are sometimes interrupted by the cows mooing for their breakfast or piglets and lambs being born. Seeing small mammals and exotic animals playing in their enclosures never gets old!”

Jane Colley,


Dinosaur nerd, Reese’s Pieces devotee, tea connoisseur.

“Temple Newsam is a beautiful place to work. Our position in the farm and green surroundings really give our learners an engaging atmosphere to study in. Our courses should be considered by anyone hoping to work with animals- where else do you get to see chicks hatch and lambs being born right before your eyes?

Chloe Brookes,

Coaching Tutor

Chocolate addict, Pinterest fanatic, hoarder of house plants.

“Working for the department of Land & Animal Sciences is an absolute pleasure. The surroundings, my colleagues, the students and the animals all contribute to this being the best job I have ever had”.

Bethany Crampton,

Animal Technician 

Crazy bug lady, lover of the weird and wonderful.

“Working for the Land & Animal Sciences department has helped me to grow as a person. Working alongside my colleagues, animals and students is amazing. As first jobs go, you can’t get better than this.”

Jade Midwood,

Animal Technician 

Mammal enthusiast, musical fan, and tea drinker.

“Is there a better place to work than Temple Newsam? Just the sight of the picturesque grounds and glimpses of native wildlife are enough to cheer even the rainiest of days. Even the students get excited when they see something they weren’t expecting!

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Laura Dibb,


Too obsessed with my dog, collector of houseplants, baking fanatic.

“Temple Newsam is such a beautiful place to work. Surrounded by the great outdoors and with a range of animals to hang out with, from reptiles to cuddly mammals, what more could you want?!”


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Kate Ferguson,


Teacher, Nature Nerd, Wearer of Hats

“Temple Newsam is one of the most rewarding places I have ever worked, in fact working here really doesn’t feel like work at all. The atmosphere is relaxed and friendly, and if you are considering working with animals long term you couldn’t wish for a more supportive enthusiastic team to help you on your way. Don’t be fooled there is hard graft, the trick here is that it never seems like hard graft!”

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Mollie Marklew,

Learning support assistant

Pig lover, explorer, Disney fan

“Working at Temple Newsam is a dream come true. I love spending my time working with the animals, helping the students and working with my colleagues – and not to forget being based at the beautiful farm”.

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Jennifer Sykes,

Learning support assistant

My favourite tipple is tea.

“As a new newbie I have found this year fascinating. Learning about different animals and how to look after them I feel proud to be part of such a dedicated and knowledgeable team of staff. The icing on the cake is the Temple Newsam campus.”

 Azadeh Sarlak,

Maths teacher

Calm and Peaceful Pigeon that forms into a cheetah when I am playing basketball.

”I enjoy working at Temple Newsam because I am working at a pretty place with Fantastic colleagues, Great students and lovely animals.”

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Georgia Smith,

English Teacher

Obsessed with horses, dogs and Harry Potter.

“Although I teach English I am a great lover of the animals and the beautiful surroundings we get to work in. Super lucky to have such a lovely job.”

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 Jack Anderson,

Head of Department

Horse rider, coffee addict and pro-dog walker.

“I love being outside so working at Temple Newsam is ideal, there are such a wide variety of animals and plants in the estate it’s such a great place to work. Having our classrooms within the farm is also a bonus, if I need time away from my desk I can just pop outside and say hello to any of the farm animals. I have worked at a number of colleges and this campus is really unique”.

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IPET Level 3 award courses in dog walking and pet sitting and canine emergency first aid are available to book  via the store.


We are committed to making sure all students and staff are protected from harm. All staff are trained in safeguarding and child protection and our dedicated safeguarding team is on hand for advice and support. Don’t stay silent, we are here for you.

What careers do your qualifications lead to?

After completing our courses students can progress to various roles. These roles include: animal care/rescue centre worker, kennel/cattery assistant, veterinary care assistant, dog grooming assistant, RSPCA welfare officer, dog handler, dog walker/pet sitter and pet shop assistant.

Does the college offer any financial support for students?

Yes, students can apply for the college bursary which can pay for travel passes, college meals and trips. Students with children can also gain support with childcare to support their studies.

Which campus are you based at?

We are based at Temple Newsam Home Farm.

What courses do you offer?

We offer Practical Small Animal Care, Practical Animal Care and Practical Animal Care Skills.

What are the progression routes from these courses?

Progression routes are available from Entry Level through to Level 3.

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Did you know we have 541,720,573 resources at Leeds City College?

Did you know we have 541,720,573 resources at Leeds City College?

The resources include books, journals, e-books, videos, encyclopedias and more. These resources are the combined total number of resources at Joseph Priestley Centre, Beeston, Rothwell Centre, The Annexe, Printworks Campus and Park Lane Campus. We also have 12,277 e-books across Leeds City College libraries and more than 500,000 videos!

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