BTEC Level 3

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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 programmes will now have to take part in an exciting and compulsory industry placement programme consisting of 150 hours 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  Diploma in Animal Management
  • Plumpton Certificate
  • GCSEs in English & Maths if appropriate
Entry Requirements:


  • You’ll need to have achieved 4 GCSEs between Grade A-C (new grades 9-4) including English or maths and a science
  • Level 2 Technical Diploma in Animal Care at Merit level or above, and GCSE maths or English at grade c/4 or above. 
  • Mature students without the above requirements will be considered individually
Dates & Location:

September 2021


3 days per week 


If you will be over 19 on the start date of your course you maybe required to pay tuition fees. Please contact 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.


Indicative Programme Content

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

Students will also have either GCSE maths or GCSE English classes scheduled within their timetable dependent on requirement.

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