BTEC Level 3 Foundation Diploma

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This one year programme is aimed at those who wish to work with animals in a role which supports management.

Entrants will normally have some experience of working with companion animals. The programme develops both technical knowledge and practical skills through lectures, practicals, demonstrations, vistis and one day per week at work placement. Students will be assessed through coursework, exams and practical assessments.

The BTEC Foundation Diploma in Animal Management is an excellent preparation for employment in animal collections, pet shops, rescue centres and small charities. There is also the opportunity for students to progress onto the second year of the Extended Diploma in Animal Management with Science. 

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 Foundation Diploma in Animal Management
  • Plumpton College Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma in Animal Management
  • College award, Functional Skills or 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 2017


4 days per week for 2 years

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 role which supports management. Employment may be as an 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 at Foundation Diploma may be able to progress onto the second year of the Extended Diploma in Animal Management with Science. 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

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

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