Animal Management

BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma

Type of study
Examination board


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.

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Animal Management, BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma HSDC-SD-SNDAN

HSDC South Downs Campus
Academic Year 2017-18 (1 year)
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You should be in possession of:
A minimum of five GCSEs in four different subject areas at grade C including English and Maths at grade 4 or above or 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.

On this course you will study:

Year 1:

  • Animal nursing
  • Animal nutrition
  • Industry
  • Animal health
  • Animal behaviour
  • Exotics
  • Practical animal handling and management
  • Animal unit duties
  • Fundamentals of science
  • Animal welfare and breed development

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.

Year 2:

  • Industry Continued
  • Project
  • Business Management
  • Microbiology and Biochemistry
  • Ecology
  • Animal Science
  • Wildlife Rehabilitation
  • Breeding

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.

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.


The Animal Management laboratories are large, bright rooms designed and built especially for teaching Animal Care and Animal Management courses.

The purpose built spaces are bright with natural sunlight and enhanced air handling and ventilation systems, with facilities for washing and animal food preparation. The rooms have been designed to be easy to use for the care of animals as well as a practical teaching environment. There is animal housing and large glass vivarium built into the walls that house snakes and lizards.

The Animal Care classrooms have electronic whiteboards and an IT teaching room with workstations connected to the College teaching network.

Outside, a large yard has benching, aviaries and a stable as well as large grassed areas. Outside the yard is a clearing in the surrounding woodland that contains runs for ferrets, rabbits and chickens. There are block paved areas and a pond.

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.

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I got into both of the Universities I wanted to. It happens so fast and it’s an amazing feeling when you think that all of the work you’ve done has paid off in the best way possible.

Anton Sukhorukov, A Level student

South Downs is a really good College, and it is definitely somewhere you can achieve your dreams.

Yolanda Stemp, BTEC student

I overcame a couple of barriers by working really hard to get the top grades. My experience was really good, with the course and the lecturers, the residentials and activities, together it was all really good. I had really great teaching support, I could always go to the lecturers and speak to them if I needed to.

David Stenning, Public Services student


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.

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