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Animal Management (Level 3)

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2 years

Full Time

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Course Overview

This A-Level equivalent course will give you the tools to make your dream of working with animals into a career. At Lackham's animal resource centre you'll build specialist technical and practical skills, as well as a detailed 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.Please note that our Animal Resource Centre is LAIA and DWA compliant.

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?

You'll study a both core and optional units across two years, giving you a solid grounding in key aspects of the animal industry and allowing you to discover and follow your passions. You’ll deepen your knowledge of animal behaviour, communication, feeding and nutrition, genetics, ecology and conservation and the biological systems of animals. 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 Science (or equivalent).

Demonstrate a positive and responsible attitude towards working with animals.

Interviewed if required.

Study, Assessment and Qualifications


An Industry Placement is a fundamental part of this course, giving 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.

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

HNC/D Animal Behavior and WelfareHNC/D Animal Veterinary Practice Management

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