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Diploma/Extended Diploma in Animal Management (Advanced) - Level 3


This City and Guild qualification is a great stepping stone for a successful career in animal care and management.

Throughout your time on the course, you will undertake a range of tasks including animal health and husbandry, animal nutrition, behaviour, welfare and management. 

Combining both practical and theory learning, you will access the Derby Road site on two or three days for classroom-based delivery and one day, in practice, at a local farm

Start dates and fees

Start DateCodeAnnual Fee (Age)Actions
16-18over 19
Sep 20241127A1510FREEFREE* 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.

What will I study?

  • Animal/exotic animal health and husbandry
  • Animal feeding and nutrition
  • Animal behaviour and communication
  • Biological systems of animals
  • Small animal rehabilitation.

Entry requirements

  • A grade 4 in English language, maths, and biology, plus two more GCSEs at grade 4.
  • Or, grade 4 in English and maths, completion of the Level 2 Animal Care with a merit or distinction grade.
  • You must also have a minimum of two weeks’ work experience in animal care at a relevant and validated organisation

If you are a young person who is not currently studying a traditional GCSE programme, we will consider alternative qualifications such as functional skills and vocational qualifications.

Please contact our admissions team for further information -

Applicants aged over 19:

  • If you do not have the entry requirements listed above you may still be accepted to study if you can provide relevant experience, a strong portfolio of work and a commitment to the subject.

Study programmes - essential skills for employment

If you're a student between the ages of 16 and 18 (or 19 to 25 with an EHC Plan) we want to make sure you have the best possible chances of landing an awesome job once you finish college.

Students who haven't achieved a grade 4/C in GCSE maths or English to continue studying these subjects while you're here with us. By doing so, you'll be building a strong foundation of skills that will significantly boost your employability in the future.

Think of it as a chance to supercharge your knowledge and abilities. You'll be equipped with the tools necessary to tackle the world beyond college with confidence. Plus, we'll be right here to support you every step of the way.

In addition, to help you gain essential skills for employment, all students aged 19 and under and studying a full-time course with us will take part in our study programmes.

How long is the course?

1-2 years.

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 can I progress onto?

Career opportunities

How do I apply?

Apply online

Next steps

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