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Animal Management - Level 3 Extended Diploma - Plumpton

Agriculture, Horticulture and Animal Care

Agriculture, Horticulture and Animal Care
Agriculture, Horticulture and Animal Care
We are only accepting one application per candidate.

What will you be working towards?

Code ANF006/12/PROG
Qualification Type Degree
Qualification Level Level 3
Course type Full Time


This two-year programme is aimed at those who wish to work with animals in a managerial or supervisory capacity, or who wish to progress onto higher education and is the equivalent of studying three A-Levels.

Entrants will normally have some experience of working with companion animals. The programme develops both technical knowledge and practical skills through lectures, practicals, demonstrations, visits and one day per week at work placement. Students will be assessed through coursework, exams and practical assessments.

The BTEC Extended Diploma in Animal Management with science is an excellent preparation for higher education or employment in animal collections, pet shops, rescue centres, animal charities and welfare organisations.


Year 1
  • Review work related experience in the animal care industry
  • Animal health
  • Principles of animal biology
  • Animal handling and safe working
  • Plan and monitor animal feeding
  • Managing animal accommodation
  • Undertake an investigative project in the animal management sector
  • Principles of animal nutrition
  • Principles of animal nursing
  • Interpreting animal behaviour and communication
  • Animal welfare and breed development
  • Principles and practice of exotic animal health and husbandry
Year 2
    • Review work related experience in the animal care industry
    • Animal anatomy and physiology
    • Wildlife management and rehabilitation
    • Practice of biochemistry and microbiology
    • Principles of wildlife populations, ecology and conservation
    • Business management in the animal care sector
    • Principles of animal breeding and genetics
    • Principles of inheritance and genetic manipulation
    • Pet store design and animal management

    Year 2

    • Animal Breeding and Genetics
    • Investigative Research Project
    • Practical Skills in Animal Science
    • Animal Management in a Retail Environment
    • Zoological Animal Health and Husbandry
    • Wildlife Ecology and Conservation Management
    • Animal Metabolism
    • Advanced Animal Nutrition

How will it be delivered?


Entry requirements

Students will normally be at least 16 years old on entry and have:

  • 4 GCSE passes at grade C or above, ideally to include Science, Mathematics and English
  • Level 2 Diploma in Animal Care at Distinction Level or Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma (Animal Management) at Merit Level
  • Period of practical experience working with companion animals.

Mature applicants who do not possess any of the above qualifications will be considered individually.

Your next steps...

This programme is aimed at those who aspire to work within the animal management industry or go onto higher education. Employment may be as a manager or supervisor within a variety of animal collections, an animal technician in a breeding, research or educational organisation, an animal welfare officer/inspector, a pet store manager, or an assistant zoo keeper.

Students achieving a merit or distinction at Extended Diploma may be able to progress to the Foundation Degree in Applied Animal Behaviour and Conservation or our Foundation Degree in Veterinary Nursing. See College HE prospectus.


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