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.
  • 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.

  • How You’re Assessed

    A range of coursework, exams and practical assessments, graded at pass, merit or distinction.

  • Progression

    Almost all areas of the animal industry require experience and qualifications. Our Level 3 courses allow you to collect UCAS points to enable you to move on to a Foundation Degree or BSc Hons Degree, which in turn gives you the best start in the industry. This course will support progression into Animal Science, Conservation, Zoology and / or Animal Management or Training degrees.

  • Careers

    The practical skills that are gained and consolidated throughout the course stand you in good stead for joining the animal industry with a strong work ethic and reputation behind you launch your career. Whether it be working in commercial kennels, animal rescue centres, laboratories, veterinary practices, zoos and animal collections or self-employed as a dog walker, pet sitter, dog groomer or running animal parties.

  • Equipment Required

    Kennel coat, lab coat and steel toe-capped boots. We strongly suggest all students buy the BTEC Workbook and Revision Book and bring it to college every day.

  • How To Apply

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


Chloe studies the BTEC Level 3 in Animal Management and was named the national BTEC Land-Based Student of the Year in 2019, following her exceptional progress at Bishop Burton.

It is so practical and hands-on, you mix with such a wide variety of animals. There is an amazing range and there are new ones coming in all the time. It is just such a brilliant opportunity.

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