Level 3 in Animal Management (Behaviour and Welfare)
Duration: One to Two years
What You Study
- Animal welfare and ethics
- Practical animal husbandry
- Animal behaviour
- Animal health and diseases
- Work experience (including set hours of external work placement each academic year)
- Animal biology
- Animal grooming.
- Animal breeding and genetics
- Investigative research project
- Practical skills in animal science
- Business Management
- Exotic animal husbandry
- Animal nursing
- Animals in boarding establishments
- Human and animal interactions.
Five GCSEs at grade 4 or higher, 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 GCSEs at grade 4 that do not include Science you will be offered the Level 2 Diploma in Animal Care and will move to Level 3 following successful completion of Level 2.
If you have GCSEs at grade 4, including Science, but Maths and/or English are achieved at grade 3 or below, we may offer you the Level 3 Animal Management with English and Maths.
Students undertake one day per week or block week(s) for work experience, related trips and residential, practical sessions on the animal unit / kennels and farm. Students will complete a minimum of one week of kennel duties and one weekend of animal unit duties to develop employability skills. This equates to approximately 300 hours.
How You're Assessed
Students are assessed through practical work, theory assignments, reports, posters, presentations and lab experiments.
Almost all areas of the animal industry require experience and qualifications. Our Level 3 courses allow you to gain practical work experience in the industry, and also 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, management, training, behaviour or welfare-related degrees.
The practical skills and knowledge that are consolidated throughout the course put you in good stead for joining the animal industry with a strong work ethic and reputation behind you. You will be equipped to seek out a career 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.
For your course, you will need:
- Folder with dividers to organise your work and assignments
- Stationery including notepad for use in class, pens and pencils
- College-branded white laboratory coat (unless otherwise informed)
- College-branded blue kennel coat
- Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) – including steel toe capped footwear (boots, shoes, or wellies)
- Waterproof outdoor clothing and footwear (for work experience).
How To Apply
Application is through our online application form or by the Common Application Process (CAP).