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

One day per week for the duration of the programme. 

Qualifications Gained

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