BTEC Extended Diploma in Animal Management (Level 3)

Full Time

Animal Management – Level 3

This exciting course will give you the skills, knowledge and practical understanding to progress into employment or for further study in higher education. In the first year, you will gain knowledge in the practical and theoretical understanding of Animal husbandry. The second year focuses on higher-level skills such as Animal science, Nutrition, Zoological animal health and Animal Nursing these are key subjects for those wishing to continue their studies in the field of veterinary science as well as zoo keeping and conservation.

Year 1 – Foundation Diploma in Animal Management (540)

Year 2 – Extended Diploma in Animal Management (1080)


Level 3


2 years

What will I learn?

This 1-2 year course will give you the skills, knowledge and practical understanding to progress into employment or for further study at university.

Your practical studies are based in our growing Animal Centre at the easily accessible North star campus site, you will have the opportunity to work with all our species from rare breed sheep to exciting exotic animals. We value our students input into the next stages in the centres growth and involve them in the planning and construction of animal habitats. Alongside these special projects students will be taught key husbandry skills that are important for working in the animal sector.

The level 3 course also has a range of theoretical studies that allow students to sample most avenues of the animal sector. Our lecturers are subject specialists who draw on real life experiences to ensure you are getting a real sense of the sector. Alongside your practical and theoretical subjects you will also complete work experience placements that will give you the opportunity to use the skills you have learned and to gain more skills in being in the industry.

Assessments for this course are robust and allow students to show all aspects of their understanding, each unit is graded and students will achieve an overall grade based on an average grade. This is a unique trait of the BTEC qualifications that allows students to really shine in those subjects that they do well in.

We will also immerse you in the world of animal studies with a host of industry guests and speakers, as well as visits to zoological parks and specialist veterinary and conservation centres. You may also have the opportunity to attend residential study tours both in the UK and abroad, giving you the chance to work with wild animals as well as making valuable industry contacts.

Topics Covered

  • Animal Health & Husbandry

  • Animal Feeding & Nutrition

  • Animal Behaviour & Communication

  • Animal Welfare & Breeding

  • Biological Systems of Animals

  • Wildlife & Ecology

  • Veterinary nursing

  • Exotics Health & Husbandry

  • Zoological Collections

What grades will I need?

4 GCSEs at 4/C grade to include English (Lang) , Maths and Science. Or Level 2 qualification in Animal Care graded M (M grade in Biology)

What can I study next?

  • FdSc in Animal Management

  • Degree in Animal welfare and management

  • Degree in Veterinary Nursing

  • Degree in Veterinary Medicine (university entry requirements dependant)

  • Apprenticeship in Veterinary Nursing

This course gives you UCAS tariff points for entry to University. Complete a full Level 3 with us and we’ll guarantee you an offer of a place on one of our relevant University Centre Sparsholt degree courses. Admissions Terms & Conditions apply – for full details go to


  • Veterinary Nurse or Assistant

  • Pet retail including specialist outlets

  • Kennels and catteries

  • Grooming and hydrotherapy

  • Animal rescue centres (wild and domestic)

  • Animal training and behaviour

  • Keeper or Education Officer in animal collections

  • Animal Management students go to university and study Animal science


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