Level 3 Advanced Technical Extended Diploma in

Animal Management

This two year course (equivalent of up to 3 A levels) is designed to give you the practical skills and knowledge needed for a huge variety of jobs in animal care and related industries or for higher level study at university. As part of the course you will be assessed by a variety of exams and controlled assessments.

You’ll complete extensive work experience, along with the opportunity to study a wide range of specialist units in animal science, business and industry related subjects.

To prepare you for the practical industry you will be entering into, you will be required to carry out practical sessions each week. This could of consist of husbandry, handling and technical skills.

What will I study?

  • Practical animal accommodation
  • Practical animal feeding
  • Animal handling and safe working
  • Animal welfare and breed development
  • Animal biology
  • Animal nutrition
  • Animal health
  • Animal anatomy and physiology
  • Zoo animal health and husbandry
  • Ecology
  • Animal breeding and genetics
  • Exotic animal health and husbandry (option)
  • Work placement (min 150 hours)
  • Functional Skills or GCSE in English and Maths depending on previous qualifications

How long will it take?

  • 2 years, full-time (1 year option available)

What qualifications do I need to start?

  • At least 4 GCSEs at grade 4 or above which must include English or Maths and Science
  • Relevant Level 2 in Animal Care at Merit (with Biology unit at Merit)
  • A keen interest in animals and ideally 2 weeks practical work placement

What qualifications will I gain?

Course options after this programme

Career options

  • Pet store or kennels or cattery manager
  • Animal care technician
  • Animal rescue centre staff
  • Guide dog trainer
  • Trainee zookeeper

Student Profile
Sarah Higginson

Next step: BSc (Hons) Wildlife Ecology and Conservation at University Centre Reaseheath

Ambition: Wildlife ecologist

“I tried several careers but then realised that I wanted to work with animals. I came to
Reaseheath because I wanted to find my true passion and where I’m going in life.

“During my course I’ve learned the husbandry of a wide range of animals and birds. Thanks to those skills I was offered a job as a keeper at Peak Wildlife Park, which I do alongside my college work.

“As my studies became more scientific I did a specialist project surveying birds round Reaseheath’s lake. That’s when I really found my passion. I’m determined to become a wildlife ecologist and my next step is to study for a BSc Wildlife Ecology and Conservation degree at University Centre Reaseheath.”