Get started in the small animal care industry by learning the basics on a practical and academic level.
Develop your practical animal care knowledge further and learn how to prepare feed and select appropriate accommodation for various animals.
This qualification is for learners who aim to gain employment within the animal care industry, or progress to an apprenticeship or a high level animal...
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.
How to get to us:
Students can travel from East Leeds to Temple Newsam via the FlexiBus and it will bring you directly into the estate. The bus can be ordered 1 hour before it is required and operates between 7am- 7pm Monday – Saturday. Fares start from just £1.20. You can learn more about the designated routes, booking information and the FlexiBus app via their website.
Alternative bus services that run in the area include the 19 and 19A. It is a short walk from the bus stop to the college buildings.
The campus bus will run from Leeds bus station directly to Temple Newsam every day. It will cost £5 per week and is only bookable once the learner enrols.
Temple Newsam is located 1.9 miles from Cross Gates train station, an approximate 35-minute walk.
From the M1 take junction 46. Temple Newsam is a short drive from this exit, there is on-site parking available.
Access to farm animals and farm land, rustic classrooms, parkland, domestic animals and observation opportunities.
Temple Newsam facilities video
Meet the Team
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?!
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!”
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.”
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!
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!”
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.”
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”.
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.”
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.”
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”.
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.