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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 DateDurationCodeAnnual Fee (Age)Actions
16-18over 19
Sep 20221 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.

What will I study?

  • 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.

Entry requirements

  • A minimum of five GCSEs at grade 4 to include English language, maths, and biology. Plus a minimum of two weeks' work experience in animal care at a relevant and validated organisation.
  • Or, two GCSEs at grade 4 in English language and maths and completion of the AIM Diploma in Animal Care (Intermediate) - Level 2 (or a related qualification) with a Merit or Distinction grade.

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

As an entry requirement on some of our courses, you will need a GCSE in both English and maths with at least a grade 4/C (please see entry requirements above).

If this isn’t displayed under the entry requirements and you don’t currently have a GCSE in both English and maths at grade 4/C or above before joining us, you will then study English and maths as part of your programme with the aim of achieving a qualification with at least a grade 4/C. This is to help improve your chances of employment once you leave us.

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 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 can I progress onto?

  • Higher Education
  • An apprenticeship


How do I apply?

Apply online

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