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PH4018 8905
PH4018 8905

City & Guilds Skills for Working Life - Animal Care

City & Guilds Skills for Working Life - Animal Care

About the course

This is an entry level course for adults and young people who are interested in a land-based job. It is suitable for students with moderate learning difficulties and/or disabilities. The award is offered at Entry Levels 2 and 3 and focuses on a variety of land-based vocational activities. Each level of the course takes an academic year to complete.

It will provide students with the basic practical skills and knowledge you need to either gain employment or progress to further training. It will also help develop common, social and interpersonal skills and widen life experiences.

Practical work is carried out in the Animal and Equine Studies Centre at Croxteth Park.

Course modules

Year 1

Recognise Types of Foods and Feed Small Animals

Assist with Cleaning Housing for Small Animals

Behaviour at Work

Effective Communication

Identify Hazards in Familiar Settings

Improve Personal Manner and Conduct

Clean Poultry Accommodation by Hand

Groom a Horse

Maintain a Fence

Poultry Groups

Make a Familiar Journey Safely

Provide Food and Water for Horses

Provide Food and Water for Poultry

Recognise a Saddle and Bridle

Recognise Colours, Markings and Points of the Horse

Recognise Farm Animals

Recognise Parts of the Body of Small Animals and Their Function

Recognise Small Animals

Recognise Types of Animal Housing and Bedding for Small Animals

Skip Out a Stable

Working as Part of a Group

Workplace Safety and Emergency Procedures

Entry requirements & additional information

Entry requirements

Students need to be 16 or over and have an interest in a practical subject to qualify. No previous qualifications are required and the College provides support for those who have learning difficulties and disabilities.


On completion of this course it may be possible for students to progress onto a Level 1 course or into work.


Kennel assistant, pet store assistant, animal welfare assistant etc.

Special requirements

Minimum Age: 16 years old

Costs that are mandatory for the course:

Suitable outdoor clothing and footwear for practical elements approx. £30

(There may be bursaries available to support with the purchase of these items.)

Foundation Learning at Myerscough College
Foundation Learning at Myerscough College

Foundation Learning

We provide a range of Foundation Learning full-time and part-time courses for students with additional needs. Our aim is to help students develop a range of important skills - social, academic and vocational - whilst providing the support and encouragement for them to grow in confidence and express their personality. View our Foundation Learning Presentation here!

The Foundation Learning team has built up an excellent reputation over many years for successfully working with students who have a wide range of learning difficulties and disabilities.