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Engineering & Science

Animal Management - Level 3 National Extended Diploma

Start Date: 2nd September 2024
Code: PFFC01171


Duration: 2 Years Full-time
Start date: 2nd September 2024
End date: 5th June 2026
Information Event: Yes

Course fee: FREE (Eligibility criteria may apply)

Course Content

This qualification is equivalent to three A Levels and is a full-time two-year programme.

The course will give you a wide range of knowledge and skills essential to progress within the animal sector through the study of units directly related. There is an attendance commitment requirement of approximately 16.75 hours per week, may vary dependant on the needs of the course.

There are a total of 15 units within this qualification 8 mandatory units and 7 optional units, which cover the following aspects of animal management:

  • Animal breeding and genetics (Exam)
  • Animal biology (Exam)
  • Animal welfare and ethics (External Assessment)
  • Practical animal husbandry
  • Animal behaviour
  • Animal health and diseases
  • Work experience in the animal sector
  • Investigative research project
  • Business management in the animal sector
  • Developing an Enterprise in the Animal Sector
  • Exotic animal husbandry
  • Zoological animal health and husbandry
  • Wildlife ecology and conservation management
  • Animal metabolism
  • Advanced animal nutrition

If you are accepted onto this course without a Grade C in Maths and/or English you will be required to complete the relevant Essential Skills qualification.

Some of our Level 3 in Animal Management students share their experiences about the course.

Animal Management Student Testimonials

Special Features

  • 300 hours of work experience with an employer in the sector
  • Students will be required to purchase a uniform pack
  • Students will care for small animals in the College
  • Visits to settings of interest are arranged

Minimum 4 GCSEs Grade C or above including Maths, English and Science or equivalent, or Level 2 Diploma in Animal Care (at Distinction grade), subject to interview.

Medical evidence of current vaccination (or immunity) against tetanus prior to commencement of animal housework and work experience.

This qualification will give you the skills needed for direct employment in the animal management sector, and is suitable for those who wish to enter a particular specialist area of work, such as:

  • Animal technician
  • Animal breeding associate
  • Animal welfare centre manager
  • Pet-store manager
  • Animal nutritionist
  • Kennel and cattery Assistant
  • Animal officer/inspector 
  • Livestock manager.

There are many roles in this sector where recruitment is at graduate level.  The qualification carries UCAS points and is recognised by higher education providers as meeting admission requirements to many relevant courses, for example:

  • BSc (Hons) in Animal Management
  • BSc (Hons) in Agriculture
  • Foundation Degree in Animal Management and Behaviour (FdSc)
  • Foundation Degree in Animal Management (FdSc)
  • HND Animal Management.

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Essential Skills

All full-time students at Northern Regional College have the opportunity to improve their English, Maths and ICT skills and gain qualifications. The qualification you take will depend on the qualification you already have. If you do not have a grade C or above in GCSE English, Maths or ICT, you MUST complete Essential Skills; this will form a compulsory part of your timetable. If you are planning to go on to further study (for example university), please check if a GCSE qualification (rather than Essential Skills Level 2 equivalent) is required. For those who have a GCSE grade D in Maths or English, we offer a GCSE fast-track course.

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