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C&G Level 3 Advanced Technical Diploma in Animal Management

Course Level: 

Level 3

Job opportunities after this course: 

• Animal centre assistant • Kennel and cattery worker/supervisor • Animal hospital care assistant • Apprentice in an animal care business • Pet store assistant
In animal management and applied science pathway • Kennel and cattery supervisor • Dog grooming assistant • Pet store assistant • Animal feed sales representative • Animal centre deputy manager You may also wish to become self-employed, and undertake roles such as a freelance animal trainer.

Overview of the course: 

The Advanced L3 Technical Diploma in Animal Management replaces the current A level equivalent courses. This qualification aims to prepare learners for a career in the varied animal care industry or for progression to university in a related subject.
In the first year of the course you will find out about the feeding, behaviour, health, welfare and breed development of animals as well as how the specialist care of exotic animals and develop an animal training programme for a dog. You will also study fundamentals of science and animal biology to help understand how the animal body works. In the second year you will choose either the science route if you plan to study at university or the animal husbandry route if you plan to seek employment in the animal care industry.

Entry requirements: 

Five good GCSE's in academic subjects to include Maths, English and Science at Grade C or above (Grade 4 or above on the new scale).


Animal Health and Husbandry
Animal Feeding and Nutrition
Animal Behaviour
Animal Breed Development and Welfare
Animal Biology
Fundamentals of Science
Animal Training
Exotic Health and Husbandry
Work Related Experience
Health and Safety

How is the course assessed?: 

The course is assessed by
One externally set and marked written examination on the mandatory units and one examination for Animal Biology.
A synoptic assignment completed over 12-15 hours including practical and written tasks under examination conditions
Assignment work

Further study options after this course: 

Learners can progress to university courses in related subjects such as animal behaviour, animal science, conservation science, veterinary nursing, zoology animal husbandry including foundation degrees.
Learners have gained places at universities including Bangor, Harper Adams, Chester, Bishop Burton, Askham Bryan, Liverpool John Moores, and Sterling in the past year.

Length of the course: 

1 Year of full time study with the expectation to move onto the second year Extended Diploma


Houghall Campus, Durham

When does the course start: 

September 2018

More important information about this course:


Fees for this course are: £4425.00

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 19-23 on the day your main course starts and do not have a level 3 or above qualification you may not have any fees to pay.

If you do have a level 3 or above qualification or you are aged 24 years 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.

City & Guilds Group Bursaries
City & Guilds Group Bursaries are available to learners starting or completing a City & Guilds or ILM qualification, starting courses on or after 1st September 2017.

To qualify learners need to be able to
- Demonstrate genuine financial need that would otherwise prevent them from completing their chosen qualification
- Be over 19 years old
- Be a UK resident.

Bursaries range from £200 to £10,000 and can cover any costs that arise as a result of the learner undertaking a City & Guilds or ILM qualification.

This can include
- Course fees
- Travel Expenses
- Materials/ Tools/ Books
- Childcare
- *Living Costs

To apply, visit
Learners need to initially register online (this takes around 30 seconds). Once they have registered, they then get access to the full online application.

*Please note Living Costs are rarely supported and only considered in extreme circumstances.

Closing date - Monday, 12 June 2017, 10am

*We make every effort to publish correct fees, however all fees are subject to change. Fees are correct as at the current time (18 Jul 2018 11:10) 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
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