Level 3 Advanced Technical Diploma / Extended Diploma in Animal Management


The L3 Advanced Technical Diploma is studied over one year with progression onto the Extended Diploma in the second year. It is aimed at those wishing to work within the varied animal management industry or for progression to university on a related subject.

There is a compulsory work placement unit which usually takes place over the summer between the first and second years.

This course give a good technical training and education providing a vocational alternative to A Levels and the opportunity for successful students to progress to Higher Education or employment.

Course Content - What will I learn?

The course consists of the following 18 units studied over two years:
There are 8 Mandatory units:
Animal Health, Animal Accommodation, Anatomy and Physioloy, Plan & Monitor Animal Feeding, Animal Biology Animal Handling, Work Related Experience and an Investigative Project
Optional units selected by the college is likely to include:
Nutrition, Behaviour, Exotic Animal Management,Farm Livestock Management, Welfare and Breed Development, Breeding and Genetics, Estate Skills, Business Management, Aquatics, Wildlife Rehabilitation and Health and Husbandry of Zoo Animals.

During the course you will undertake animal unit duties at the College’s well-stocked animal facility, where you will become familiar with caring for the wide variety of animals that are housed here

The work placement unit usually takes place over the summer between year one and two. Learners will be responsible for organising their own placement which lasts for a minimum of 300 hours.

Specific offer of optional units may be subject to change.

Am I right for the course?

You will need an interest in working with ALL animals.
This course requires a high standard of work and commitment which learners find to be a rewarding challenge.

GCSE English, maths and Science at Grade 4 / C or above plus ione other at Grade 4 / C or a Level 2 technical qualification at least a merit overall

It is strongly recommended that applicants gain some voluntary experience within the animal sector to ensure that they are fully prepared for the expectations of the study programme and gain a realistic insight into the animal industry. A minimum of five days (which do not have to be consecutive) is advised.

The course will be assessed by a variety of methods including individual and group presentations, case studies, assignments practical assessments, projects, externally marked exams and synoptic assessments.

The course teaching team have worked in a range of environments within the animal industry e.g. veterinary surgeries, animal welfare charities, wildlife parks and farms. They hold a variety of qualifications, including Degrees in Wildlife Conservation, Animal Science, Animal Behaviour and Veterinary Nursing, and are all qualified lecturers

What Next?

On successful completion of the Extended Diploma students may be able to progress to a Foundation Degree or Honours Degree course in a related study area e.g. Animal Management, Animal Science, Zoology, Behaviour or Welfare.

For those going into employment, the aim of the course is to produce competent carers of animals in estabishments such as animal collections, pet shops, rescue centres, animal charities and zoos with the potential to take up management positions after further experience.

For those of you wanting to go into employment, the aim of our course(s) are to produce competent carers working with animals, with the potential to take up management positions after further experience.

Potential careers:

  • Animal Technician
  • Applied Animal Behaviourist
  • Assistance Dog Trainer
  • Dog Groomer
  • Dog Trainer
  • Farm Worker (Livestock)
  • Kennel Worker
  • RSPCA/ SSPCA Inspector
  • Veterinary Nurse
  • Zoo Keeper

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16-18 years old, no tuition fees apply to Full Time courses and fees subject to confirmation. Additional costs applicable to BHS courses.

For all two year courses fees shown above are per year.

Aged 19+ and planning to take a level 3 or above a different fee may apply. You may be eligible for an Advanced Learning Loan.

All HE courses (full and part time) are subject to tuition fees.

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