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Animal Management Level 3

Course Overview

This course aims to balance practical and theory units to ensure students have the skills to progress straight into employment or onto the Level 3 Extended Diploma. It is a science based course, that aims to develop skills required to manage a collection of species.


The second year course provides UCAS points to enable students to progress onto a range of University courses. It balances practical and theory with a focus on developing management skills.



What topics are covered?

In year one you will learn to:

  • Manage animal accommodation
  • Plan and monitor animal feeding
  • Understand and promote animal health
  • Undertake animal handling and safe working
  • Business management in the land-based sector
  • Understand and interpret animal behaviour and communication
  • Understand and undertake wildlife management and rehabilitation
  • Understand the principles and carry out the practice of exotic animal health and husbandry
  • Understand the principles of animal nursing
  • Understand animal welfare and breed development


In year two you will learn to:

  • Understand the principles of animal biology
  • Understand animal anatomy and physiology
  • Undertake an investigative project in the land-based sector
  • Undertake and review work related experience in the land-based industries
  • Understand the principles of animal nutrition
  • Understand pet store design and animal management
  • Understand the principles of wildlife populations, ecology and conservation
  • Undertake animal training
  • Understand the principles of zoological animal health and husbandry


As a full-time student at Bath College, you will follow a study programme consisting of a vocational diploma, maths and English, employability skills, volunteering and tutorial. Please visit our Study Programmes page for details.

Who is the course aimed at?

This course is suitable for anyone wishing to develop their skills in this vocational area.

What are the entry requirements?

  • Four full GCSEs at grade C/4 or above, including English language, maths and science and one other subject (a Merit in a level 2 qualification is sufficient for mature students)
  • Previous work experience in working with animals (preferable)

What qualifications will I gain?

After year one:
BTEC Level 3 90-Credit Diploma in Animal Management

After year two:
BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Animal Management

Who is the awarding body?


How will I learn?

You will learn through a range of taught theory sessions; practical animal handling and animal husbandry duties sessions. You will also undertake a weekly voluntary work placement where you will relate theory from college to practice in the animal care industry.

How will I be assessed?

Assessment is predominantly coursework with a range of practicals, role plays, short-answer tests and evidence workbooks being completed throughout the year.

What can I do after this course?

After year one you can gain employment or progress to the BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Animal Management.


After year two:

  • Progress to a foundation degree or an undergraduate course in animal management, animal behaviour, animal welfare, zoology, conservation or similar areas of study.
  • Gain employment (at supervisory level) working in kennels, catteries, pet shops, animal collections and specialist exotic animal collections.
  • Some students go on to study Veterinary Nursing courses

Are there any additional costs?

All students are required to wear PPE in our animal collection. All students must purchase a pair of blue overalls and steel toe capped boots / wellingtons, before starting at college.

What funding is available?

If you are aged 19 or over you may be eligible to apply for a 19+ Advanced Learning Loan to cover your tuition fees.

For other funding information, please refer to our Funding page.

What facilities are available?

Our Animal Care Centre is home to all sorts of domestic rodents, rabbits, poultry and aviary birds; with a specialised exotics room containing a range of reptiles, amphibians, fish, invertebrates and exotic mammals.

What organisations does the College work with on this course?

All our animal care students must attend a weekly voluntary work placement during their course of study. In the past students have attended placements in kennels, catteries, veterinary surgeries, zoos, wildlife parks, pet shops, exotic retailers, grooming parlours and stables. Students are required to find their own placement prior to starting at college; these are then assessed and checked by our health and safety (work placement) officer.

What are the leisure and cultural activities?

A range of trips are planned throughout the year and students will also be expected to attend guest speaker sessions; led by key industry experts in the animal care and management industry.

Which department is this course in?


Where will I need to go on my first day?

The Upper Landbased Building, here you will be met by a member of staff and directed to the relevant room.

What do I need to bring?

  • Your GCSE certificates
  • Pens and Paper
  • Work Placement details
  • Lunch (or money for lunch in our canteen)

What else do I need to know?

You must inform staff of any medical or personal information which may affect you working outdoors with the range of animals that we have on site. This may include allergies, health problems or phobias. This is important to maintain our safe working practices in our animal collection.

Where can I find out more information?

For advice or more details please telephone 01225 312191 or email info@bathcollege.ac.uk. You may also visit our Student Advice Centre.

If you have a learning difficulty or disability, please contact Additional Learning Support to arrange additional help.

How do I apply?

Online: Click the "Apply" button and fill out an online application form.

By post: download the Full-Time Application Form and send to Student Advice Centre, Bath College, Avon Street, Bath BA1 1UP.

In person: Visit the Student Advice Centre in either of our campuses

To find out more about the application process, please go to the How to Apply page.


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