Animal Management

Our unique animal course enables you to develop a wide range of valuable skills essential for success in a variety of careers with animals. We have a wide range of study and assessment methods to suit all students. You will have the chance to work with and study a variety of animal species in our specialised Animal Centre and be taught by experts in their specific fields. In the second year of the course, we study specific modules which would help lead to careers in Veterinary Nursing and Zoo Management and you will have the opportunity to learn from our partners such as the Cotswold Wildlife Park. As part of this course, students will undertake a work experience unit which will offer valuable experience working in this sector. With the knowledge from this course you can progress to Higher Education including foundation degrees, undergraduate degrees, apprenticeships or directly into employment within the industry.

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What will I study?

You will learn to work with a variety of taxa in our animal centre. We have a range of units that are taught but some of our core units include:

  • Animal health and husbandry
  • Animal feeding and nutrition
  • Animal behaviour and communication
  • Biological systems of animals
  • Animal welfare and breeding
  • Wildlife ecology and conservation
  • Animal nursing

Alongside these core units you will also complete more specific subjects for example; animal training and exotic animal health and husbandry


You will study one of the following pathways:

Animal Management Level 3 Extended Diploma (1080)

This two year course allows you to study all the units we have on offer here at the college, it will also allow you to progress onto a university pathway in the future.

Animal Management Level 3 Extended Diploma (720)

This course allows you to study 13 units of the main Level 3 course (equivalent to 2 A-Levels) plus undertake an A-level alongside the course. Students can progress onto this course from our Level 2 if all internal progression criteria are achieved.

How will I learn?

Units will be taught on different days of the week depending on the College timetable. You will be timetabled for one day a week of work experience. You are expected to use free time to do research and assignments.

Students spend their time accessing practical skills in our animal centre, farm and wildlife areas. We also go on trips to specific sites for learning experiences such as larger farms and ecological sites.

Student will also attend interactive lessons and talks to gain theoretical knowledge.

How will I be assessed?

  • Examination
  • Synoptic assessment
  • Assignments
  • Portfolio of evidence
  • Practical test
  • Observation
  • Presentation
  • Summary tests

Are there any trips on this course?

Students across both pathways will attend unit specific trips, these are sually based around our zoo, aquatics, wildlife and farm units.

Recently the zoo students have attended a trip to Crocodiles of the World to learn from an ex-student who has secured a job there.

Are there any extra costs?

The College provides materials for the course but students must supply their own outdoor clothing (including steel toe-capped boots). We work in all conditions. Additional PPE will be required for when working with animals, and information regarding this will be supplied in September.

Are there any specific entry requirements?

At least 5 GCSEs at grade 4 or above including 3 from the core subjects.


What enrichment activities are offered?

Students have regular speakers and trips to provide additonal experience to their studies. These are based around each units specifications, most recently the farm students attended a talk from compassion in world farming. Students have also had the opportunity to complete a first aid course and recieve a certificate in animal first aid,

What work experience opportunities are there?

All students completing this course have to undertake 150 hours of work experience in their first year. Students obtain this work experience through individual placements (assistance in arranging these placements is given) and also through the completion of trips and talks.

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