Level 3 BTEC 90 Credit Diploma in Animal Management (Adult Course)

This course is suitable for students aged 19 and over.

You will gain a scientific, theoretical and managerial understanding of animal care to enable you to progress to the level 3 Extended Diploma qualification and ultimately, your dream career.

You will conduct a more in-depth exploration of wildlife, animal health, feeding and handling, whilst understanding the concepts of animal behaviour and veterinary nursing.

When will I start the course and how long will it take?

The course will start in September and will take one year to complete.

The course takes place at St Helens College, STEM Centre Campus, St Helens, WA9 1TT.

What will I study?

During this course, you will study a variety of units such as:

  • Animal behaviour
  • Animal feeding and accommodation
  • Health and welfare
  • Animal handling
  • Zoo animal health
  • Nutrition
  • Wildlife
  • Veterinary nursing

How is it assessed?

During your course, you will be assessed through a combination of assignment workshops and practical observations.

Do I need any previous qualifications to start this course?

You should have five GCSEs at grade 4 (equivalent to grade C) or above, including English, Maths and Science.

What are the course fees?

Course fees are dependent on your personal circumstances and you may be eligible for funding. For more information on the financial support that may be available, please visit our dedicated Adult Financial support page.

If you are aged 19 or over, you could also choose to apply for an Advanced Learner Loan to cover your course fees enabling you to study now, pay later. Loan eligibility isn't dependent on income or employment status and there is no credit check. Loan repayments don't start until you have finished your course and earn over £25,725 per year. For more information, please visit our dedicated Advanced Learner Loan page.

What can I go on to do once I have completed this course?

Once you have successfully completed this course, you may wish to gain employment within a zoo, a wildlife conservation park, veterinary practice or animal rescue centre.

Alternatively, you may wish to enhance your knowledge further by progressing on to:

  • Level 3 Extended Diploma in Animal Management

I'm interested in this course, what do I do next?

If you would like any further information in relation to this course, please contact our enquiries team directly on 0800 99 66 99 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or drop into our next Enrolment and Information Event. Alternatively, submit an application form to secure a place.

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“My passion for working with animals and educating others about wildlife is what drives me to work in the industry.”

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Why study Animal Management with us?

Onsite Animal Units

Our indoor and outdoor animal units house mammals, reptiles, birds and other exotic creatures.

Progression Routes

Your course can help you to secure a place at university or a job in the industry.

Industry Links

We have lots of industry links with Dogs Trust, Knowsley Safari and many more!

Industry Experts

Our tutors are experienced industry experts and passionate about Animal Management.

The Dog Studio

We have a fully equipped, commercial dog grooming unit on site.

Interactive Learning

Your learning is very interactive and engaging as you work with over 50 different animal species.