Level 3 BTEC

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This programme is aimed at those who wish to work with animals in a role which supports management and is equivalent to studying three a-levels over two years.

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 a work placement. Students will be assessed through coursework, exams and practical assessments.

This course is an excellent preparation for employment in animal collections, pet shops, rescue centres and small charities. It also affers students the opportunity to progress into higher education.

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Industry Work Placement

All students on our Level 3 programme are required to take part in an exciting industry placement along side their vocational programme consisting of 150 hours per year. Second year students will also have to complete a number of volunteer days in our Animal Care Centre on weekends and holidays. Both of these opportunities will give you a chance to gain valuable skills in a real working environment whilst being pared with your ideal employer.

There is flexibility on how students complete the placement; it can be during non-college weekdays, weekends, in blocks or over the holiday period. You will receive all of the necessary information during your interview, and if you have any queries in the meantime please contact workexperience@plumpton.ac.uk

Qualifications Gained

  • BTEC Level 3  Diploma in Animal Management
  • Plumpton Certificate
  • GCSEs in English & Maths if appropriate
Entry Requirements:

Either:

  • You will need to have achieved 5 GCSEs between a Grade 9-4 (A-C) including English, Maths and Science. (There is also an opportunity to undertake either Maths OR English alongside this course IF 5 other GCSEs have been gained.
  • Level 2 Technical Diploma in Animal Care at a Merit/Merit grade or above.
  • Mature students without the above requirements will be considered individually.
Dates & Location:

September 2021

Duration:

3 days per week 

Costs:

If you will be over 19 on the start date of your course you maybe required to pay tuition fees. Please contact enquiries@plumpton.ac.uk to confirm.

Future Opportunities

This programme is aimed at those who wish to work with animals in a role which supports management. Employment may include animal carer, animal nurse, animal trainer or dog grooming assistant, a zoo or wildlife trainee keeper, or as an animal charity fundraiser. 

Students achieving a merit or distinction in year 1 may be able to progress onto the second year of the level 3 in Animal Management. This may lead to employment in a management focused position, or onto Higher Education.

Modules

Year 1

  • Animal Biology (Exam based)
  • Animal Welfare and Ethics (exam based)
  • Practical Animal Husbandry
  • Animal Health and Diseases
  • Work Experience
  • Animal Behaviour
  • Optional modules ** – Either Human Animal Interactions, Exotic Animal Husbandry or Boarding Establishments)

Along side this students will undertake the following sessions:

  • Study Skills
  • ASPIRE
  • One to One tutorials
  • Practical Industry Experience (working closely with our animals in the Animal Care Centre)

Year 2

  • Breeding and Genetics (Exam Based)
  • Zoo
  • Practical Science
  • Enterprises
  • Investigative Project
  • Wildlife, ecology and conservation
  • Optional Modules ** – either Boarding Establishments and Animal Nursing or Nutrition and Metabolism.

Along side this students will undertake the following sessions:

  • Submission Prep
  • ASPIRE
  • One to One tutorials
  • Practical Industry Experience (working closely with our animals in the Animal Care Centre) * You will also be required to undertake a number of weekend and holiday practical industry days on our unit to aid in the building of industry skills in a working environment.

**It is worth noting that the optional modules may vary from each academic year and these are only a guidance based on current offered units.

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