Focussing upon the major principles and practices of animal care and welfare, from managing a pet shop or grooming dogs to caring for exotic animals, you will be able to start or build on a career in the Animal Care Industry. This course will help you develop the skills to be a more senior worker or manager, or to prepare for higher-level training.

  • What will I learn?

    You will cover topics including animal biology, husbandry and animal nutrition. You'll also gain plenty of practical experience in your choice of skills, from wildlife surveys to animal training.

  • Example modules

    • Animal Feeding and Nutrition
    • Animal Behaviour and Communication
    • Biological Systems of Animals
    • Wildlife and Ecology Conservation
    • Wildlife Management and Rehabilitation
  • How will I be assessed?

    To earn this qualification, you must complete a range of mandatory and optional units. Learning will be through practical sessions, group discussions, research and assignments.

  • Entry Requirements

    5 GCSEs including English, Maths and Science at grade 4 / C or above. OR Level 2 Animal Care Diploma at Merit Grade, with a Distinction in the Biology Unit. Plus independent study skills are required to work at this level.

  • Progression & Career Opportunities

    You can progress onto University, as this course has UCAS points, or into employment. Achieving this qualification may help you work in roles such as: Animal physiotherapist; Animal technician; Applied animal behaviourist; Animal trainer; Dog handler; Kennel manager; Pet shop manager; Zoo keeper.

  • Cost of Study

    16-18 year olds receive fee funding (which does not cover uniform costs). Course fees are £1,370, not including uniform costs. Payment in instalments may be possible, but needs to be agreed in advance. 19-23 year olds may qualify for full or partial course fees funding (not including uniform costs), depending on eligibility criteria. Students aged 24+ may be eligible to apply for a student loan to cover the costs of the course and expenses. Students will need to purchase uniform and stationery at a cost of approximately £120. During the course there will be the opportunity to attend trips at an approximate cost of £100.

  • Additional Information

    The course is 24 months, five days a week, including one day at the weekend. Students must pass their first year to progress to the second year. 16-18 year olds may be required to take English and Maths classes as part of the course, if they do not have 9-4 / A*-C grade GCSEs.

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Qualification Level Level 3
Study Mode Full-Time Course
Start Date Rolling Programme
Duration 36 Weeks
Course Code WL3EDTIGAM
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Charley Sisson

Charley Sisson

Level 3 Animal Managment

"I applied to study with Tiggy winkles as it is a more interactive way of learning and had the opportunity to work hands on with animals. I have daily responsibilities of nurturing the animals, making sure they are health, clean and fed.

I get to look after lots of different animals but my favourite part is definably being able to work with deer’s.

I have applied to study veteran nursing at Oxford University."

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