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Level 3 Advanced Technical Extended Diploma in Animal Management

This exciting course takes place in our indoor and outdoor animal units, where you will have the opportunity to work with over 50 different animal species.

From African dormice and a red foot tortoise, to leaf cutter ants, a Japanese raccoon dog and goats, you'll gain hands-on, practical experience to prepare you for degree level study and a career in this exciting industry.

Our successful animal management alumnus, Alex, completed this course and gained impressive experience as a Zookeeper at Blackpool Zoo while completing his Zoo Management degree at University of Chester.

When will I start the course and how long will it take?

The course will start in September and will take two years to complete.

What will I study?

During the first year of your course, you will study the following:

  • Animal feeding and nutrition
  • Animal health and husbandry
  • Animal nursing
  • Animal welfare and breed development
  • Animal behaviour and communication
  • Biological systems of animals
  • Small animal rehabilitation
  • Animal training
  • Principles of health and safety
  • Work experience

During your second year, you will study:

  • Aquatic welfare and breed development
  • Avian health and husbandry
  • Zoological collections
  • Exotic animal health and husbandry
  • Wildlife management and rehabilitation
  • Business management in the land based sector
  • Estate skills
  • Customer care and retail merchandising
  • Undertake specialist project in land based sector

How is it assessed?

During this course, you will be assessed through a combination of controlled assessments including assignments, exams and practical assessments.

Do I need any previous qualifications to start this course?

You should have five GCSEs at grade 4 or above, including English, maths and science, and preferably a minimum of five days voluntary experience within the animal sector.

What are the course fees?

If you are a school leaver, aged 16-18, (under the age of 19 on or before 31st August 2022), you do not pay tuition fees or examination and registration fees and may be eligible for additional support depending on your financial situation. For more information, please visit our dedicated financial support page.

What can I go on to do once I have completed this course?

The industry is worth £1 billion to the UK's economy and has 13,000 businesses, 78,000 employees and lots of volunteers, which means there are plenty of career opportunities to take advantage of!

The Level 3 Advanced Technical Extended Diploma Animal Management carries up to a maximum of 168 UCAS Tariff Points, and previous students have progressed on to university to study a variety of animal-related and science degrees such as zoology, zoo management, veterinary science and animal behaviour.

I'm interested in this course, what should I do next?

If you would like to submit an application to study this course, simply fill in our online form here.

However, if you still have questions in relation to this course and wish to receive further information, please submit your enquiry here.

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Why study Animal Management with us?

Onsite Animal Units

Our indoor and outdoor animal units house mammals, reptiles, birds and other exotic creatures.

Progression Routes

Your course can help you to secure a place at university or a job in the industry.

Industry Links

We have lots of industry links with Dogs Trust, Knowsley Safari and many more!

Industry Experts

Our tutors are experienced industry experts and passionate about Animal Management.

The Dog Studio

We have a fully equipped, commercial dog grooming unit on site.

Interactive Learning

Your learning is very interactive and engaging as you work with over 50 different animal species.