BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma

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

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

The BTEC Extended Diploma in Animal Management with science is an excellent preparation for higher education or employment in animal collections, pet shops, rescue centres, animal charities and welfare organisations.

Work Experience

Study programmes include a minimum of compulsory work experience hours achieved through one day a week or block placements. The amount of hours required is dependent on the study programme. 

Industry Work Placement

All students aged 16-18 on our Level 2 & Level 3 programmes will now have to take part in an exciting and compulsory 50-day industry placement programme alongside completion of their vocational course. The programme will give you the chance to gain valuable skills in a real working environment whilst being paired with your ideal employer.

Our mission is to pair students with their ideal employer and to support them continuously during the placement.

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

Qualifications Gained

  • BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Animal Management with science
  • Plumpton Certificate
Entry Requirements:

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

  • 4 GCSE passes at grade 4 or above to include science, mathematics and English
  • Level 2 Technical Diploma in Animal Care at Merit level or above, and GCSE maths and English at grade 4 or above

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

Dates & Location:

September 2019

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

Future Opportunities

This programme is aimed at those who wish to work with animals in a managerial or supervisory capacity, or who wish to progress onto higher education. Employment may be as a manager or supervisor within a variety of animal collections, an animal technician in a breeding, research or educational organisation, an animal welfare officer/inspector, a pet store manager, or an assistant zoo keeper.

Students achieving a merit or distinction at Extended Diploma may be able to progress to the Foundation Degree in Applied Animal Behaviour and Conservation or our Foundation Degree in Veterinary Nursing. See College HE prospectus.


Year 1

  • Animal Biology
  • Animal Welfare and Ethics
  • Practical Animal Husbandry
  • Animal Health and Diseases
  • Work Experience in the Animal Sector
  • Animal Behaviour
  • Exotics Animal Husbandry

Year 2

  • Animal Breeding and Genetics
  • Investigative Research Project
  • Practical Skills in Animal Science
  • Animal Management in a Retail Environment
  • Zoological Animal Health and Husbandry
  • Wildlife Ecology and Conservation Management
  • Animal Metabolism
  • Advanced Animal Nutrition

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