Technical Baccalaureate in

Animal Management

The Technical Baccalaureate is a government backed programme that is designed for talented individuals who wish to pursue a career within the field of animal care.

This course is perfect for high achievers with a passion to work in the animal industry.

You’ll explore a range of topics which may include the principles of animal biology and nutrition, breed development, zoo health and wildlife rehabilitation alongside Level 3 Core Maths and an extended project. You will also complete an extensive work placement within the field of animal care, along with the opportunity to study a wide range of specialist units in animal science, business and industry related subjects. As part of the course you will be assessed by a variety of exams and controlled assessments.

To prepare you for the practical industry you will be entering into, you will be required to carry out practical sessions each week. This could of consist of husbandry, handling and technical skills.

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At a glance

How long will it take?

  • 2 years, full-time

What qualifications do I need to start?

  • 5 GCSEs at grade 4 or above to include English, Maths and Science at grade 5, or
  • Relevant Level 2 Diploma at Merit or above with GCSE grade 5 in Maths and English

What qualifications will I gain?

  • Level 3 Advanced Technical Extended Diploma in Animal Management
  • Level 3 Core Maths
  • Level 3 Extended Project qualification

Successful completion of these 3 elements will result in the awarding of the Technical Baccalaureate performance measure

Course options after this programme

  • You may progress into Higher Education, gain employment within the animal care industry or start a Higher Apprenticeship

Higher Education course options

  • Animal behaviour
  • Zoology
  • Applied behaviour and training
  • Animal science and business
  • Animal biology and conservation
  • Wildlife and conservation

Career options

  • Lecturing
  • Research and laboratory work
  • Senior management positions at zoo’s
  • Environmental consultancy
  • Ecologist
  • Government advisory positions
  • Ornithologist
  • Assistance dog trainer
  • Ecologist
  • Veterinary physiotherapist
  • Environmental consultant
  • Research scientist
  • Palaeontologist
  • Pet behaviour counsellor
Year 1 modules

What will I study?

  • Understand and promote animal health
  • Principles of animal biology
  • Understand animal anatomy and physiology
  • Animal handling and safe working
  • Principles of animal nutrition
  • Understand and interpret animal behaviour and communication
  • Level 3 Core Maths
  • Undertake an extended project

You will also have the opportunity to undertake additional qualifications that support industry skills development.

Year 2 modules

What will I study?

  • Breed development and welfare
  • Wildlife rehabilitation
  • Fundamentals of science
  • Inheritance of genetics and manipulation
  • Zoo health
  • Breeding and genetics
  • Level 3 Core Maths
  • Undertake an extended project

You will also have the opportunity to undertake additional qualifications that support industry skills development.

Why choose this Tech Bacc?

The Extended Project Qualification is an additional qualification that can be taken alongside other Level 3 studies.  In Animal Management, all Technical Baccalaureates students are enrolled onto this one year qualification.  This qualification allows you to research and explore a topic that compliments your studies, personal interests or career progression route.  Your Extended project will be supported by a dedicated tutor who will guide you throughout the research process and help you develop your academic writing skills.  As an end product, you will produce a written dissertation summarising your research and presenting your key findings to your peers.  In 2017, 80% of animal management students achieved grades between A*-C, with 40% achieving A* and A grades!

Topics that have been submitted as an Extended project include:

  • Impacts of selective breeding on brachycephalic dogs
  • Ethics of human intervention and behaviour of apes
  • Ethical concerns of conservation
  • How elephants are utilised by humans and the ethics surrounding this
  • Should wolves be reintroduced into the Scottish Highlands?
  • Ethical and medical concerns of animal testing under UK law
  • Welfare implications of equestrian competition
Industry mentor

You will also complete an industry based placement and be assigned an ‘Industry Mentor’ who will provide support and guidance during your course programme.

This will help you to develop the knowledge, experience and skills that will best prepare you for a career in the animal management industry.

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.


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.


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

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