Animal Management Students

Animal Care & Management T-level


If you are passionate about animals and want to make a difference in their lives, then the animal T-level is for you. This two-year technical qualification will give you the skills and knowledge you need to work in a range of animal care and management occupations.

What will I study in Animal Care & Management T-level?

Students will develop an understanding of a broad range of relevant content to the sector, including:

  • Sustainability, including animal legislation, sustainable development, climate change and waste management principles
  • Animal husbandry
  • Nutrition and food preparation
  • Employment rights and responsibilities and progression opportunities within the sector
  • Ethical principles in industry
  • Laws and Regulations for working with animals
  • Business organisations, enterprise skills and project management
  • Health and safety when working with animals and in different environments

Entry Requirements

At least five GCSEs at Grade 4 or above all from the basket subjects. Science is essential. A strong Animal Care qualification at Level 2 will also be considered.

What is the T-level industry placement?

The Industry Placement

Your industry placement gives you a great opportunity to put your learning into practice and develop your technical skills and knowledge for the industry your placement is in. It will help you to progress once you have finished your T-level, whether that is directly into employment, an apprenticeship, or more education.

This is a compulsory part of your T-level, and you must complete it to get your T-level certificate. You will spend a minimum of 315 hours on your placement, or 750 hours for Childcare and Education T-level students.

How will I learn?

There is a range of Animals that learners will get the opportunity to work within our bespoke environments including Hot rooms, Cold rooms and outside environments. We have a growing collection of animals on site, including birds, mammals, reptiles, invertebrates and fish. Learners will learn how to handle the animals, care for them and daily routines as well as feeding them and monitoring behaviour patterns.

A lot of the delivery will be practical along with theoretical classroom based sessions. The teaching of the qualification will involve working on case studies, practical discovery, research, group work and independent study. Learners will also develop wider skills to prepare for the industry. This will include interview practice, working as a team, managing time and workload.

How will I be assessed?

All assessments for the qualification are at the end of the two years to allow learners to develop knowledge and understanding over the duration of the course.

Assessments include:

2 x Core Exams

1 Employer Set Project - This includes a number of times tasks that would relate to employment including planning, presentations and reviewing performance.

1 Occupational Specialism Project. - This is similar to the Employer set projects but the content will be specific to the Occupational Specialism on the course.

All learners must also complete 315 hours of industry placement prior to completion of the qualification. Learners will need to source these placements themselves but we will support and guide our learners.

Any trips?

There are some exciting trips throughout this qualification including West Midlands Safari Park, RSPCA, Slimbride and many more.

Learners will be exposed to a range of guest speakers and webinars in addition to the learning that the students will experience at the college and on the trips.

The college has many strong industry links which increases the knowledge and understanding of such a wide industry to all of our learners.

Are there any costs involved?

You should expect some small costs throughout the qualification for some PPE (personal protective equipment), course books and trips.


What job can I go on to?

There are many opportunities to go straight into the industry as a zookeeper, veterinary nurse, rescue centre inspector animal nutritionist or learners can go on to Higher Education and study at a Degree level. Some learners also choose to set up their own businesses including doggy daycare, pet sitting, dog walking and grooming.

What Work Experience do I have to do?

In order to pass the course all learners MUST complete 315 hours of industry placement. Learners should start to consider where this might be as it is the learner's responsibility to source this. We have an excellent industry experience team that will give, support and advise throughout this process and you will be taught the skills needed for placement early in the course.

Awarding Body

City and Guilds

Available As

T Level
[168 UCAS pts. available]

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What the students say

James Animal Management

I have gained detailed knowledge of animals, their behaviours, health, welfare and nutrition. I also really enjoy the scientific aspect of the course, and the hands on experience. The work experience opportunities are also great.