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Animal Management (Level 3)

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2 years

Full Time

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Course Overview

Lackham’s brand new industry-leading animal resource centre, with a vast array of domestic and exotic animals in zoo-level enclosures, will give you the tools to make your dream of working with animals into a career. This A-Level equivalent qualification will help you build specialist technical and practical skills, as well as detailed knowledge and understanding of the animal industry. You’ll combine academic study with practical duties in the animal centre, increasing your confidence and skill of regular handling and providing valuable experience when it comes to seeking employment. You’ll also have access to Lackham’s incredible resources including a Blue Cross cat re-homing facility, a dog grooming parlour and a zoological garden to enrich your learning.

two female animal care students examining a dog
two lemurs staring
female animal care student holding a guinea pig
two female animal care students examining a dog
two lemurs staring
female animal care student holding a guinea pig

What will I learn?

Core modules across the two years will give you a solid grounding in key aspects of the animal industry needed for further study or employment, while varied and exciting optional units will open your eyes to new interests, and allow you to discover and follow your passions. You’ll deepen your knowledge of animal behaviour, communication, feeding and nutrition, and reinforce this with units on the biological systems of animals. You’ll have the opportunity to deepen your knowledge with exciting topics like inheritance genetics, ecology and conservation. Meanwhile, modules such as breeding, husbandry, business management and retail will equip you with the industry knowledge to progress further in your career.

Entry Requirements

• 4 GCSEs at grade 4-9 (A*-C) including English, Maths and preferably Science. Where there is no Science, a Merit or Distinction in a related subject at Level 2 is accepted.

• Demonstrate a positive and responsible attitude towards working with animals.

• Reference

• Interview

Study, Assessment and Qualifications

City & Guilds Level 3 Advanced Technical Extended Diploma in Animal Management (1080) (Zoos).

An Industry Placement is a fundamental part of this course. An Industry Placement gives you the opportunity to gain valuable skills and experience for your future. You will be supported throughout your placement by our dedicated Work Placement Team.

Assessment is through written, practical and industry-based assessments.

Additional Costs and Information

Practical clothing is available to purchase from the online College shop and must be worn during all practical sessions.

You will also need to purchase your own personal protective equipment.

Trips and visits to shows and other animal related events are important aspects of the programme allowing you to appreciate the diverse range of career opportunities and organisations within the sector.

You will be expected to pay for the cost of student trips and additional enrichment activities, via the College shop.

What Could I Do Next?

On completion of your course you may choose to progress onto these following courses


Career Opportunities

  • Zookeeper
  • Veterinary Nurse
  • Aquatic Ecologist

  • Conservationist
  • Veterinary Practice Manager
  • Animal Behaviourist

  • Animal Care/Rescue Centre Worker

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