Level 3 Advanced Technical Extended Diploma in

Animal Management

with Advanced Technical Certificate option

For more information on Level 3 Diplomas visit our choosing the right course for you page. You can find out more about each study option using the tabs below.

This two year course (equivalent of up to 3 A levels) is designed to give you the practical skills and knowledge needed for a huge variety of jobs in animal care and related industries or for higher level study at university.

You’ll complete work experience, along with the opportunity to study a wide range of specialist units in animal science, business and industry related subjects.

Advanced Technical Extended Diploma

What will I study?

  • Practical animal accommodation
  • Practical animal feeding
  • Animal handling and safe working
  • Animal welfare and breed development
  • Animal biology
  • Animal nutrition
  • Animal health
  • Animal anatomy and physiology
  • Zoo animal health and husbandry
  • Ecology
  • Animal breeding and genetics
  • Livestock management (option)
  • Exotic animal health and husbandry (option)
  • 5 week work placement
  • Functional Skills or GCSE in English and Maths depending on previous qualifications

How long will it take?

  • 2 years, full-time (1 year for Advanced Technical Certificate option)

What qualifications do I need to start?

  • At least 4 GCSEs at grade 4 or above which must include English, Maths and Science, or
  • Relevant Level 2 Diploma in Animal Care at Distinction, with Biology and Health Care modules at Distinction
  • A keen interest in animals and ideally 2 weeks practical work placement

What qualifications will I gain?

Course options after this programme

Career options

  • Pet store or kennels or cattery manager
  • Trainee veterinary nurse
  • Animal care technician
  • Animal rescue centre staff
  • Guide dog trainer
  • Trainee zookeeper
Advanced Technical Certificate

What will I study?

  • Animal biology
  • Animal behaviour
  • Animal health
  • Animal anatomy and physiology
  • Practical animal feeding
  • Practical animal accommodation
  • Animal handling and safe working
  • Functional Skills or GCSE in English and Maths depending on previous qualifications
  • 5 week work placement

How long will it take?

  • 1 year, full-time

What qualifications do I need to start?

  • At least 4 GCSEs at grade 4 or above, or
  • Relevant Level 2 Diploma at Merit, or Distinction
  • A keen interest in animals and ideally 2 weeks practical work experience

What qualifications will I gain?

Course options after this programme

Career options

  • Pet store
  • Kennels or cattery assistant
  • Trainee veterinary nurse
  • Animal care technician
  • Animal rescue centre staff
Useful information

How much will this course cost?

If you are under 19 on 31st August 2019 the tuition fees and exam costs are free for our courses. If you are aged 19 or over you may have to pay a fee.

You may also be required to pay costs associated with study tours or additional qualifications.

For more information on fees and to find out about what financial support may be available to you visit the student finance pages on our website.

Transport

Our college bus service collects over 1,400 students every day from far and wide. What’s more, getting to Reaseheath is FREE* on all college bus routes. To find a bus route near you visit the transport pages on our website.

Accommodation

At Reaseheath we have on-site residential accommodation for up to 1,000 students. If you are aged over 16 and studying on a full-time course you may apply for a residential place. Visit the accommodation pages on our website for more information.

How do I apply?

If you have found a course you are interested in and are in Year 11 or above you can apply now online. For a step by step guide on the application process visit the how to apply pages on our website.

Frequently Asked Questions

You can find out more information about this course on our FAQs page.

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Student Profile
Sarah Higginson

Next step: BSc (Hons) Wildlife Ecology and Conservation at University Centre Reaseheath

Ambition: Wildlife ecologist

“I tried several careers but then realised that I wanted to work with animals. I came to
Reaseheath because I wanted to find my true passion and where I’m going in life.

“During my course I’ve learned the husbandry of a wide range of animals and birds. Thanks to those skills I was offered a job as a keeper at Peak Wildlife Park, which I do alongside my college work.

“As my studies became more scientific I did a specialist project surveying birds round Reaseheath’s lake. That’s when I really found my passion. I’m determined to become a wildlife ecologist and my next step is to study for a BSc Wildlife Ecology and Conservation degree at University Centre Reaseheath.”