Course: BTEC Level 3 in Animal Management (Animal Conservation, Ecology and Zoological Collections)

Department: Animal Management

Type: 16+

Duration: Two years

The Course

This course will provide you with a broad range of knowledge and understanding about a wide range of animals, whilst preparing you for progression by supporting your development of employability skills or progression on to your year two programme in Animal Management, depending on your career goals.

This course is designed to serve the needs of all aspects of the animal sector, including companion animals, zoological and welfare aspects of the animal management industry and provide the basis for progression into further training, technical and practical skills you will need in your career. You will also have the opportunity to gain vital work experience in local animal businesses to develop industry knowledge and skills, try out the career you have set your sights on.

You will have the exciting opportunity to work with a range of species in our highly prized and industry relevant animal unit, including; cockroaches and crickets, to tortoises in our new chelonian room and nocturnal room, to meerkats, skunks and more. Developing animal handling and husbandry skills and building knowledge about each species you work with in their specialist environments, with a critical look at behaviour, habitat and welfare.

What You Study

Year 1

  • Animal welfare and ethics
  • Practical animal husbandry
  • Animal behaviour
  • Animal health and diseases
  • Work experience (including two-week external placement each academic year)
  • Animal biology
  • Wildlife ecology and conservation management.

Year 2

  • Animal breeding and genetics
  • Investigative research project
  • Practical skills in animal science
  • Developing an enterprise
  • Exotic animal husbandry
  • Aquatics animal health and husbandry
  • Zoological animal health
  • Human and animal interactions.

How To Apply

Application is through our online application form or by the Common Application Process (CAP).

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Entry Requirements

Four GCSEs at grade 4 or equivalent, including Science, English and Maths, or a relevant BTEC Level 2 / First Diploma or equivalent*. A satisfactory academic reference is also needed.

*If you have four GCSEs at grade 4 but not Science you will be offered Level 2 Diploma in Animal Care and will then move to Level 3 following successful completion of the Level 3.

If you have Science at grade 4 but Maths and English are at grade 3 or below, but you have other grade 4 GCSEs, we may offer you the Level 3 with English and Maths.

Sandra Nicholson

MSc Applied Animal Behaviour and Training

After graduating as Student of the Year, Sandra used the skills she learnt studying from the MSc Applied Animal Behaviour and Training course to pursure a career within bovine welfare monitoring. 

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