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Animal Care - Level 3


The qualification you receive will be the City & Guilds Level 3 Advanced Technical Extended Diploma in Animal Management.  Throughout your time on your course, you will undertake a range of tasks. You will access the Derby Road site on two or 3 days for classroom-based delivery and one day, in practice, at White Post Farm and the RSPCA in Radcliffe.

Work experience

You will be required to undertake 150 hours work experience, 60 hours which will be required prior to enrolment. 

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Entry requirements

Five GCSE’s with at least grade 4/C including English, maths and Science, or Level 2 in Animal Care at merit level and equivalent English and maths as above.

Evidence of at least 60 hours industry work experience.

Start dates and fees

Start DateDurationCodeAnnual Fee (Age)Actions
16-18over 19
Sep 20201 yr(s)1127A1510FREEFREE* to £4425.00Apply

* If you are aged 19-23 and studying your first Level 3 course then that course may be free. Please contact us for more details. If you are aged 19 or over and either studying a second Level 3 course or qualifying Level 4, 5 or 6 course you may be able to apply for an Advanced Learner Loan to cover the costs.

How long is the course?

One year


How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed through 3 written exams for the core modules and for Biological Systems.  You will also be assessed through course work and practical assessments for optional units. Finally, you will undertake a Synoptic Project (which incorporates practical assessments and course work assignments – carried out under controlled conditions).

What will I study?

Units of study may include:

  • Animal Health and Husbandry
  • Animal Feeding and Nutrition
  • Animal Behaviour and Communication
  • Biological Systems of Animals
  • Animal Welfare and Breeding
  • Exotic Animal Health and Husbandry
  • Animal Training
  • Small Animal Rehabilitation

Study programmes

It is an entry requirement for some courses to have gained GCSEs A*-C in English and maths (see entry requirements). If the entry requirements to a course do not require A*-C in these subjects, and you haven’t already gained GCSEs A*-C in English and maths before joining us, you will continue to study English and maths as part of your programme and take appropriate qualifications in these subjects with the aim of achieving A* to C grade. In addition, to help you gain essential skills for employment, every student aged under 19 and studying a full-time course at college will take part in our study programmes alongside their main subject qualification. Find out more.

What can I go on to study?

  • Higher Education
  • Trainee posts in animal based employment
  • An apprenticeship

How do I apply?

Apply online


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Why choose West Notts?

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98.8% A Level pass rate in 2019

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Best A Level provider in Mansfield and Ashfield for student progress*

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One of the top colleges in the UK for student satisfaction**

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An extensive bus service across Mansfield and the surrounding area

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£50m investment in our facilities since 2008

*Value added is a measure of a student’s progress against their starting point
**Learner Exit Survey 2017/18
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