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Animal Management: Level 3

Large animal care unit set in 12 acres of pleasant and attractive grounds, accommodating numerous species. Our lecturers are highly-experienced in teaching, assessing and animal management.

Course information

Course Summary

This work-related programme will cover the knowledge and technical skills that you will need to progress into Higher Education or to gain employment within the animal care industry.

Course Code:N5404
Study Type:Full Time
Academic Level:Level 3
Awarded by:City & Guilds
Course Length

Two years

UCAS Course Code0
Course Detail

This Extended Diploma challenges you with a combination of practical and theory sessions. Theory sessions in this course include animal behaviour, wildlife rehabilitation, ecology, animal welfare and zoo management. Practical work takes place at the college's Animal Care Unit, where you will develop skills in handling and caring for a range of small and large animals. We work closely with the Blue Cross animal charity on our rehoming centre for cats.

This course forms part of a programme study which will be tailored individually to boost your employability and which will include Maths and English as necessary.

The course is made up of a selection of different modules. You will study these modules over the two years and put the skills you learn to use by accumulating 300 hours of work experience.

Modules/Units include:

  • Animal Accommodation
  • Animal Anatomy & Physiology
  • Animal Biology
  • Animal Feeding and Nutrition
  • Animal Handling and Safe Working
  • Animal Health and Welfare
  • Estates Skills
  • Ecology and Conservation
  • Exotic Health and Husbandry
  • Specialist Project
  • Wildlife Management and Rehabilitation
  • Work Experience
  • Zoological Collections
  • Kennel and Cattery Management
  • Pet Store Design and Management

*The route followed in the second year of the course is Animal Management.

As part of this course you will be required to attend an external work placement for a total of 315 hours over the duration of your course, the awarding body determines the number of hours required to pass this qualification.

Course Fees

Fees for 2022/23: £4,190

Please note:

  • Fees are for 2022/23 and relate to home and EU students
  • Students aged 16 to 18, or those aged 16 to 24 who have a valid EHCP, and are studying Further Education courses are not normally charged for course fees
  • For more information about financial support, please click here.


Entry Requirements

New Students

Four GCSEs at grade 4 or above including Science, English and maths.

Progressing Students

Individual will be required to have achieved at least a Merit in their Level two Technical qualfication and English and maths at a Grade 4/FS Level Two in one and a GCSE Grade 3/FS Level One in the other. A satisfactory reference for attitude, behaviour, attendance and punctuality at all vocational and maths/English sessions.

Your Next Steps

This course will give you suitable knowledge to enable you to progress on to a Degree course. Successful students have gone on to zoology, animal behaviour and animal health degrees. Some students have found work within animal welfare charities, zoos and veterinary surgeries.

Potential career routes in the Animal Studies industry:

  • Catteries
  • City farms
  • Conservation
  • Dog groomer
  • Kennels
  • Pet shops
  • Quarantine work
  • Rescue centres
  • Stables
  • Teaching
  • Uniformed services
  • Veterinary nurse
  • Zoos
Other Information

Essential Personal Protective Equipment

Students are required to purchase steel toe-capped boots, overalls and waterproof clothing. These can be purchased through our recommended supplier, details of which are available at enrolment.

Last updated – 02/11/2021