Level 3 Extended Diploma in Animal Management

This exciting course takes place in our indoor and outdoor animal units, where you will have the opportunity to work with over 50 different animal species.

From African Dormice, a Pygmy Hedgehog and Red Foot Tortoise to a Tenrec, Japanese Raccoon Dog and Tegu Lizard, you'll be gaining hands-on, practical experience to prepare you for degree level study and a career in this exciting industry.

Our successful animal management alumnus, Alex, completed this course and has now gained impressive experience as a Zookeeper at Blackpool Zoo while completing his Zoo Management degree at University of Chester.

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

The course will start in September and will take two years to complete.

What will I study?

You will have the opportunity to choose from the following units:

  • Animal health
  • Animal biology
  • Animal anatomy
  • Animal handling
  • Animal feeding
  • Animal accommodation
  • Zoo health and husbandry
  • Exotic animals
  • Animal behaviour and communication
  • Breeding and welfare
  • Animal training
  • Work experience
  • Breeding and genetics
  • Scientific project
  • Nutrition
  • Ecology
  • Wildlife rehabilitation

How is it assessed?

During this course you will be assessed through a range of assignments.

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.

Achieving a good standard of English and maths is a key requirement for many jobs, as well as for courses you may wish to progress on to. If you achieve below a grade 4 in your English and/or maths GCSEs at school, you will study it alongside your chosen course when you join us.

If you already have a grade 4 or above in English and/or maths but wish to achieve a higher grade, we can also support you to do this.

What are the course fees?

If you are a school leaver, aged 16-18, (under the age of 19 on or before 31st August 2019), you do not pay tuition fees or examination and registration fees and may be eligible for additional support depending on your financial situation. For more information, please visit our dedicated financial support page.

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

The industry is worth £1 billion to the UK's economy and has 13,000 businesses, 78,000 employees and lots of volunteers, which means there are plenty of career opportunities to take advantage of!

As this course carries up to a maximum of 168 UCAS Tariff Points, previous students have progressed on to university to study a variety of animal-related and science degrees such as zoology, zoo management, veterinary science and animal behaviour.

Ref: Mike Smillie

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Inspiring Success


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

Skott, Level 3 Extended Diploma

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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.