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Animal Management – BTEC Level 3 Diploma

This course is intended to provide an educational foundation for those wishing for a career which involves the care and management of animals. It involves a varied range of units, with a particular focus on biology in the first year. On successful completion of the course you will be able to move on to employment or to apply for higher education, such as the HNC/HND in Animal Management run at the College or foundation degrees (eg FdSc) at alternate institutions.

Entry Requirements

You should be in possession of:
– a minimum of five GCSEs at grade C including English or Mathematics
– a BTEC Level 2 Diploma in Animal Care (with an overall Distinction/Distinction* grade)
Exceptionally, other qualifications and/or experience may be accepted in lieu of the above.
Entry to the course is subject to a successful interview.


Course Content

The course is unit based and you will study:

Understand and Promote Animal Health

Understand the Principles of Animal Biology

Understand Animal Anatomy and Physiology

Undertake Animal Handling and Safe Working

Understand and Interpret Animal Behaviour and Communication

Understand the Principles and Carry Out the Practice of Exotic Animal Health and Husbandry

Undertake and Review Work Experience in the Land-based Industries

Undertake Kennel and Cattery Management

Understand the Principles and Undertake the Practice of Animal Nursing

Understand Animal Welfare and Breed Development

Plan and Monitor Animal Feeding

Manage Animal Accommodation

Understand the Principles of Animal Breeding and Genetics

There is also the opportunity to re-take GCSE Maths and/or English if required.

You will have hands-on experience with four categories of animals over the two years:

Large animals: horses, cattle, sheep, pigs

Companion: cat, dog, rabbit

Rodent: guinea pig, hamster, rat, gerbil

Exotic: chinchilla, chipmunk, reptiles, insects, fish, birds

You will work with animals on and off site and undertake 4 weeks’ work experience each year. In total you are required to complete a minimum of 300 practical hours in order to pass the course.

How will I be taught?


How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed via assignment work, which will include tasks such as presentations, discussions, role play, essays, reports, fact sheets, science experiments and practical duties.

In the second year of the course you will also be required to take part in a mock job interview.

Will I need any extra equipment?


What qualifications will I get?

You will be awarded the BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Animal Management upon successful completion of the course. Depending upon your performance, this will be graded between an overall ‘Pass-Pass’ to a ‘Distinction*-Distinction*’ grade.

What will it allow me to do in the future?

Progression to undergraduate courses (HNC/HND or FdSc) and training is available if you perform well on this course. Alternatively, you will be in the position to apply for a range of positions within the animal care industry.

Course Information

You are required to provide evidence of a tetanus vaccination prior to embarking on practical work with animals.

Additional Costs – there are several visits over the two years to animal collections, shows and conservation sites. Costs will be kept to a minimum but are likely to be £10.00 to £20.00 per term. There will be optional and compulsory visits.

Students, aged over 19 on the 1 September of the year the course commences will be required to pay tuition and assessment fees. If you are in receipt of an income based benefit please ask about financial assistance, which may be available.

If you would like further advice or guidance please contact Reception on freephone 0800 056 0511.

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