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This two-year programme is aimed at those who wish to work with animals in a managerial or supervisory capacity.

Entrants will normally have some experience of working with companion animals. The programme develops both technical knowledge and practical skills through lectures, practicals, demonstrations, visits and one day per week at work placement. The BTEC Extended Diploma is an excellent preparation for higher education or employment in zoos, pet shops, rescue centres and with animal charities.

Work Experience

One day per week for the duration of the programme. One week at a wildlife rehabilitation centre as part of wildlife rehabilitation and management.

Qualifications Gained

  • BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Animal Management
  • Plumpton College Level 3 Extended Diploma in Animal Management
  • College award, Functional Skills or GCSEs in English & maths
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Entry Requirements:

Students will normally be at least 16 years old on entry and have:

  • 4 GCSE passes at grade C or above, ideally to include Science, Mathematics and English
  • Level 2 Diploma in Animal Care at Distinction Level or Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma (Animal Management) at Merit Level
  • Period of practical experience working with companion animals.

Mature applicants who do not possess any of the above qualifications will be considered individually.

Dates & Location:

September 2018

My course content was really varied, from husbandry and welfare to exotics and behaviour. I'm now much more confident and wiser about every aspect of looking after animals.

Leah Beal

Student, Level 3 Extended Diploma in Animal Managment


You’ve got a fantastic animal management unit to discover here at Plumpton where you’ll be able to experience the latest technology and equipment. Each of the different animals requires a certain level of care so you’ll be able to experience managing different environments.

  • All types of animal care management

We cater for an extensive range of animals: from amphibians to birds, fish to livestock, mammals to reptiles.

  • Extensive farming facilities for you to discover

You’ll be able to develop invaluable practical handling skills at our Plumpton College farm site which manages a huge range of livestock. 

  • The perfect learning environment for your studies

We’ve got great facilities for you to work in and develop your practical skills no matter what course you’re studying.

Future Opportunities

This programme is designed for those who are looking to work in a position of responsibility within the animal care industry. Employment may be as Veterinary Nurses, in Zoos, pet shops, or with kennels and catteries.

Students achieving a merit or distinction at Extended Diploma may be able to progress to the Foundation Degree in either Animal Science or Veterinary Nursing. See College HE prospectus.


Year 1

  • Review work related experience in the animal care industry
  • Animal health
  • Principles of animal biology
  • Animal handling and safe working
  • Plan and monitor animal feeding
  • Managing animal accommodation
  • Undertake an investigative project in the animal management sector
  • Principles of animal nutrition
  • Principles of animal nursing
  • Interpreting animal behaviour and communication
  • Animal welfare and breed development
  • Principles and practice of exotic animal health and husbandry
  • English & Maths

Year 2

  • Review work related experience in the animal care industry
  • Animal anatomy and physiology
  • Wildlife management and rehabilitation
  • Practice of biochemistry and microbiology
  • Principles of wildlife populations, ecology and conservation
  • Business management in the animal care sector
  • Principles of animal breeding and genetics
  • Principles of inheritance and genetic manipulation
  • Pet store design and animal management
  • English & Maths

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