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C&G Level 3 Extended Diploma in Animal Management

Course Level: 

Level 3

Job opportunities after this course: 

Following successful completion of this course you may be able to pursue a career in the land-based sector as a kennel supervisor, veterinary nurse, dog groomer, police dog handler, RSPCA inspector or retail assistant in a pet store. Progression to an apprenticeship in the animal care industry may also be an option to enable you to gain more experience working hands-on. This course is also a great route into higher education and degree courses such as animal management, animal science, animal behaviour and welfare, zoology and veterinary nursing.

Overview of the course: 

The course runs over 2 years with successful completion of year 1 resulting in you achieving a Level 3 subsidiary diploma in animal management. The second year ensures you will gain credits to achieve the Level 3 extended diploma in animal management. You will cover a mixture of theory and practical topics and get hands-on experience working in the Houghall animal unit. The unit houses a variety of animals from rabbits and guinea pigs, exotics, small 'furries', cats, dogs and ferrets. You will also have opportunity to learn new skills working on the farm at Houghall with a variety of different breeds of sheep, pigs and cows.

Entry requirements: 

Direct Entry: 5 x GCSEs at Grade 4 or above including Maths, English and Science.
Progressive entry: Level 2 diploma in animal care and a minimum of level 1 maths and English. Attendance at 85%+ for previous year and satisfactory standards of behaviour.


Topics covered in the course include:
Year 1 (Subsidiary Diploma) - Animal health, animal biology, practical animal handling and husbandry, feeding and accommodation, kennel and cattery, exotic animal husbandry, animal behaviour, animal biology, biochemistry and work-related experience.
Year 2 (Extended Diploma) - Anatomy and physiology, farm livestock, wildlife and rehabilitation, microbiology, breeding and genetics, breed development and welfare, and ecology.

How is the course assessed?: 

You will be assessed throughout the course through a series of assignments, practical assessments, written tests, and presentations.

Further study options after this course: 

Following successful completion of this course you may be able to progress into higher education at an institute specialising in animal related degrees.

Length of the course: 

2 Years, full time. This course follows on from the Subsidiary Diploma in Animal Management.


Houghall Campus, Durham

When does the course start: 

September 2018

More important information about this course:


Fees for this course are: £6931.00

If you have been a UK resident for the past 3 years and are under the age of 19 on the 31st August, you will not usually need to pay any course fees.

If you are aged 19 or over on the day your main course starts you may be able to take out an Advanced Learning Loan to pay for this course.

If you are required to pay for this course yourself monthly payment plans are available, please speak to Student Services for more details.

Please note, this is the second year of the BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma in Animal Management fees are payable in year 1 and year 2.

There is a requirement to wear personal protective equipment for this course. The cost of equipment is around £170. Students with limited income can claim up to 75% of these costs. Further information will be sent to you closer to enrolment in August if you are accepted on to the course.
*We make every effort to publish correct fees, however all fees are subject to change. Fees are correct as at the current time (20 Jun 2018 12:10) and are subject to change up to the date of enrolment. Fees quoted are payable annually

What our students say: 

We regularly work with QDP, the UK’s largest independent provider of questionnaire based feedback services to the education sector, so that any results can be benchmarked against other colleges and the voices of over 600,000 learners QDP gathers feedback from over the course of an academic year.
Our feedback scores consistently place us in the top quartile of colleges in the country, indicating that we not only meet but often exceed student expectations. Some results from the 2015/2016 on programme and exit surveys and the 2016/17 induction survey can be seen below.
98% stated it was easy to apply for the course
96% said the teaching on my course is good
99% felt that their teacher knows their subject well
97% told us they felt safe at college
98% said expected standards of behaviour were made clear
95% told us they felt they had developed the skills they needed to get a job/take their next step
95% agreed the teachers consistently challenge them to do their best
97% said teacher feedback told them what was going well and where to improve
Other comments by students on this course are:

‘Would recommend this course to anyone wishing to study animals’

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