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Animal Management – BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma

The course is intended to provide you with an educational foundation to pursue a career relating to the care and management of animals, their environments and related industries. If you are successful you will be able to move onto employment or apply for a degree or Higher National programme. The significant science content of the course will enable you to apply for a broad spectrum of higher education programmes. Examples of courses are: Veterinary Nursing, Animal Behaviour & Welfare, Equine, Agriculture and Animal Science.

Entry Requirements

You should be in possession of:

– a minimum of five GCSEs in four different subject areas at grade C including English and Maths.


– a BTEC Level 2 Diploma in Animal Care with Distinction/Distinction* grades, including a Distinction grade in the Biology unit plus English and Maths GCSEs at grade C or higher.


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

Your course consists of a number of units which add up to a total of 180 credits.

Units studied in Year 1:
– Animal Nursing(Unit 11)
– Animal Nutrition (Unit 10)
– Industry (Unit 8)
– Animal Health (Unit 1)
– Animal Behaviour (Unit 13)
– Exotics (Unit 18)
– Practical Animal Handling & Management (Units 4, 5 and 6)
– Animal Unit Duties (supporting Units 4, 5 and 6)
– Fundamentals of Science (Unit 26)
– Animal Welfare and Breed Development (Unit 14)

You will also have an ‘Introduction to Animal Science’ lesson, Tutorial and a workshop lesson designed to support you in completing your assignments and developing skills such as writing bibliographies.

For each unit you must submit a number of assignments and gain at least a Pass in them all. You will be given an overall grade for each unit based on the individual assignment grades. To gain an overall Merit or Distinction for a unit you need to gain all Merit or all Distinction grades for that unit.

In Year 2 you will study:
– Industry Continued
– Project (Unit 7)
– Business Management (Unit 9)
— Microbiology and Biochemistry (Unit 16)
– Ecology (Unit 19)
– Animal Science (Units 2 and 3)
– Wildlife Rehabilitation (Unit 20)
– Breeding (Unit 32)

You will continue to have tutorial and workshop lessons.
The grades you get for each unit will be converted into points and the total points will determine your final grade.

Your skills in English, Maths and Information Communication Technology will be developed throughout your course.

You will work with animals on and off site and will undertake three weeks’ work experience in each year.

How will I be taught?

You will usually be timetabled over four days with the fifth day to be used as a study/ trip day. You should be aware that this is a theory based course with practical work, not a practical course with theory. You will be taught through a continuous programme of assignments using lectures, discussions, visits, presentations, scientific practical work and animal handling demonstrations. Although there are no exams the work load is substantial and good organisational and time management skills are essential.

How will I be assessed?

There is particular emphasis on developing your practical handling skills, communication, IT and study skills. Performance in laboratory skills and the ability to work safely are also assessed. You will be assessed using discussions, presentations, role play, essays and scientific reports. Each assignment is graded at Pass, Merit or Distinction. You will receive a grade for each unit and three final overall grades at the end of the course.

Will I need any extra equipment?

It is vital students are willing to work with a variety of animals, indoors and out, in all weather. Wellington boots, or other waterproof footwear, and a weatherproof coat will be needed. Overalls are provided for Animal Unit Duties.

What qualifications will I get?

If you are successful you will be awarded the BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Animal Management.

What will it allow me to do in the future?

You can progress to a wide variety of undergraduate courses at university or agricultural college or join the workplace. It may be possible to apply for veterinary medicine but your best route for that remains Science A levels.

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 average £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.

This course no longer attracts government funding subsidy for students aged 24 or above on the start date of this course. To help pay for these fees you may be entitled to the 24+ Advanced Learning Loan.

Please contact Customer Services on 0800 056 0511 or email customerservices@southdowns.ac.uk for further information.

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