Level 3 Animal Management
About this course

The new industry-leading Animal Resource Centre at Lackham is a truly inspiring environment to learn in. The animal resource centre and zoological garden provide learners with a diverse learning experience. The centre is also an approved OSCE exam centre, equipped to deliver Vet Nursing and higher education qualifications.

The Animal Resource Centre houses an extensive range of domestic and exotic animals ranging from reptiles, amphibians, mammals, birds, fish, invertebrates and more. You will also find an array of animals living outdoors around the centre, including several species of birds, ferrets, chickens, lemurs and racoons. As part of your course, you will combine academic study with practical duties in the animal centre, which provides valuable experience when it comes to seeking employment.

Located near the Animal Resource Centre is the Blue Cross Cat Re-homing facility, with accommodation for a number of domestic cats seeking new homes. Students also have access to the grooming parlour, a facility which provides students with the opportunity to learn key skills in animal grooming as part of their course.

What will I learn?

During this qualification you will study the following units:

Year 1

  • Industry Experience - 50 day work placement
  • Health & Safety
  • Animal Health & Husbandry
  • Biological Systems of Animals
  • Animal Feeding & Nutrition
  • Animal Behaviour & Communication
  • Farm Livestock
  • Wildlife Ecology & Conservation
  • Animal Nursing
  • Animal Welfare & Breeding

Year 2

  • Exotic Animal Health & Husbandry
  • Aquatics Welfare & Breed Development
  • Avinan Health & Husbandry
  • Zoological Collections
  • Business Management
  • Estate Skills
  • Customer Care & Retail Merchandising
  • Specilast Project
  • Inheritance Genetics or Population Surveys, Ecology and Conservation

Optional Units can include: Inheritance Genetics or Population Surveys, Ecology and Conservation. Units are subject to review and change to improve the course.

Entry requirements
  • 4 GCSEs at grade A*-C including English, Maths and preferably Science or equivalent (or Merit or distinction in related subject at Level 2)
  • Demonstrate a positive and responsible attitude towards working with animals.
  • A good reference
  • A satisfactory interview
Study, assessment and qualifications

The academic level of this programme will require you to commit to undertaking study in your own time.

You will be assessed through a range of written assignments, practical skills tests, projects, group work activities and oral tests. The final qualification will be a City & Guilds Level 3 Advanced Technical Extended Diploma in Animal Management (1080) (Zoos).

This is a two year course. In the first year of the programme, you will be required to complete a 50 day work placement with an employer in an industry related to your course of study. This is a compulsory part of your programme and you will be expected to complete your work placement on non-college days.

You will be provided with additional information and guidance at interview, enrolment and during induction. The College will assist you in finding suitable placement opportunities in the industry and will support you throughout.

Additional costs and information
Trips and visits to shows and other animal related events are important aspects of the programme allowing you to appreciate the diverse range of career opportunities and organisations within the sector.
Learners will be expected to pay for the cost of student trips and additional enrichment activities via the College on-line shop. Practical clothing is available to purchase from the College shop and must be worn during all practical sessions.
You will also need to purchase your own personal protective equipment.
What could I do next?

Previous students have progressed onto university to study in areas such as; Animal Science at Wiltshire College & University Centre, Zoology, Animal Behaviour and Welfare and Veterinary Nursing.

There is so much available to those who want to make a long term commitment to a career within the animal industry, including:

  • Animal care technician
  • Veterinary nurse
  • Nutritional and feed specialist
  • Behaviourist
  • Chiropractor
  • Researcher
  • Breeder
  • Instructor
  • Animal Welfare Officer for organisations such as RSPCA and Guide Dogs for the Blind Association
  • Boarding or breeding kennels and catteries worker
  • Zoo or animal park staff
  • Pet shop assistant
  • Grooming parlour assistant

We encourage you to make contact with local employers whilst you are at the college, students have found work in such areas as veterinary nursing assistants and local animal-related retail outlets. You may find that on-programme work experience is an ideal way of getting in touch with prospective employers.