About the course
The Level 3 Advanced Technical Diploma (540) in Animal Management is a full-time vocational course studied over one year, three days a week. It provides you with a range of specialist, technical practical skills and knowledge which will equip you to seek employment or further learning within the animal care and management industries. There will be an opportunity for students to top up their qualification to the full Extended Diploma (1080) in Animal Management if certain criteria are met.
The Level 3 Advanced Technical Extended Diploma (1080) in Animal Management is a full-time vocational course studied over two years, three days a week. It is designed to provide you with a very wide range of technical practical skills and detailed knowledge and understanding which will equip you to seek a diverse range of employment opportunities, or to further learning and training within the animal care and management industries. This course provides UCAS points for university entry.
These courses are mainly theory based study programmes which includes some practical based learning, in addition to the further development of both English and Maths. You will have the opportunity to develop the necessary skills to assist with the care and health and well-being of a wide range of animals safely and with confidence, including domestic and exotic mammals, reptiles, amphibians, invertebrates, fish and livestock. The courses will also include trips to businesses associated with the animal industry, as well as input from visiting speakers and current employers.
Level 3 students are expected to undertake routine duties within the colleges Animal Centre at the weekends and during the holidays on a rotational basis.
Students wishing to study the Level 3 Advanced Technical Diploma or Extended Diploma will need a minimum of five GCSE's at Grade 4 or above (GCSE C+) including Maths, English and Science.
Those students with a BTEC or City & Guilds Level 2 Technical Certificate in Animal Care at Merit level or above will also be considered. Applicants should hold a keen interest in animal care and welfare and must be motivated and be able to manage their own time effectively.
Level 3 qualifications are set at A-level equivalent status. They cover more complex work and will help you develop your supervisory skills. It shows you have the ability to gain or apply a range of knowledge, skills and understanding at a detailed level appropriate if you plan to go to university, work independently or (in some cases) supervise and train others in their field of work.
City & Guilds Level 3 Advanced Technical Diploma (540) in Animal Management OR City & Guilds Level 3 Advanced Technical Extended Diploma (1080) in Animal Management
Successful achievement of the full, two year Advanced Technical Extended Diploma carries 48 - 168 UCAS tariff points depending on your grade (equivalent to 3 A levels grade A*-E).
What you'll learn (core modules)
These courses offer a blend of theory, task-based learning, tutorials and practical sessions combined with field visits and mandatory work experience in the animal care sector (150 hours).
Students undertaking the Diploma (540) and the first year of the Extended Diploma (1080) will undertake the following modules;
- Principals of Health and Safety
- Undertake and Review Work Experience (work placement required)
- Animal Health and Husbandry
- Animal Feeding and Nutrition
- Animal Behaviour and Communication
- Biological Systems of Animals
- Animal Welfare and Breeding
- Exotic Animal Health and Husbandry
- Animal Training
- Animal Nursing
Students undertaking the second year of the Extended Diploma (1080) will undertake the following modules;
- Wildlife and Ecology Conservation
- Pet Store Design and Management
- Zoological Collections
- Pet Allied Services
- Small Animal Rehabilitation
- Kennel and Cattery Management
- Undertake Estate Skills
- Business Management
- Specialist Project
150 hours of work related experience in an external work experience placement within the Animal Care Sector must be completed to successfully achieve this qualification. 'Routine Duties' are timetabled within the colleges Animal Centre for students to undertake the daily husbandry tasks necessary to provide high standards of animal welfare. These hours can be counted towards the 150 total (a maximum of 70 hours can be claimed) along with trips and guest speaker visits. Areas within the animal care industry that could be approached for work experience could include; veterinary clinics, rescue facilities, kennels/catteries, pet shops, farm parks, zoos, grooming parlours, dog crÃ¨ches etc.
Progressing students that do not hold a grade 4 or above (GCSE grade C+) in GCSE Maths or English will be required to undertake these subjects alongside their Level 3 Advanced Technical Diploma until those grades are obtained.
Benefits, skills and character strengths
You will engage with our internal work experience programme where you will develop your character strengths and overall workplace effectiveness. You will work with animal care team members to manage our animal collection, providing the highest standard of animal welfare to a range of species and receive regular feedback on your working performance. You will also engage in work experience in an external animal related establishment one day per week where you will work with other industry professionals to develop your skills and understanding of the animal care industry.
As part of the qualification, all level 3 learners are required to undertake weekend and holiday duties within the Animal Centre on a rotation basis.
How will I be assessed?
Students are assessed through a variety of methods, including external assessment (exam based assessment), synoptic assignments (tasks undertaken in exam conditions) and practical and written/verbal assessment. Additional study at home is essential in order to successfully revise and meet assessment deadlines, however all students will be supported across all aspects of their learning.
Where is the course delivered? (facilities/classrooms)
This could is being delivered at the main campus in Bury St Edmunds within our new Animal Centre.
Where will the course take me?
After completion of the one year Level 3 Advanced Technical Diploma (540) you may wish to progress onto an Advanced Apprenticeship in Animal Management which allows you to combine working in a kennel or cattery, pet store, welfare centre or similar, typically attending one day a week at college or with a training provider (not currently provided by West Suffolk College). You can also top up your qualification to the full Extended Diploma (1080).
The two-year Level 3 Advanced Technical Extended Diploma (1080) exposes you to the whole industry, and the opportunities within it. On completion, it is likely that you will enter the industry by working within an animal welfare organisation, a veterinary practice, a wildlife park or perhaps a business such as a pet store, feed company or dog grooming salon. You may wish to progress onto further learning within a Higher Education Institution (university) studying courses such as;
- Animal Science
- Animal Welfare
- Animal Behaviour
- Natural Sciences
- Veterinary Science
- Veterinary Nursing
- Bioveterinary Medicine
- Wildlife Conservation
We suggest students look into the university courses of their choice early on so they are aware of the entry requirements involved. Support will be given to students who wish to apply for university via UCAS.
Will I need any materials or equipment?
Whilst working with animals it is of upmost importance that you wear Personal Protective Equipment to protect yourself and the animals.
To work safely within our Animal Centre and with our animals in your practical sessions we ask that you wear;
- Navy veterinary style tunic
- Navy over trousers
- Steel toe capped boots
You are welcome to purchase your steel toe capped boots from any shop you wish (Screwfix, Amazon, eBay, Sports Direct etc.) but your tunic and over trousers will need to be purchased from Salon Wear Direct. Further information regarding how to order the tunic and over trousers will be issued to you during the colleges induction week.
We recommend that anyone working with animals ensures that their 'Tetanus Injection' is up to date, please speak to your Doctor if you are unsure.
How much will it cost?
The Personal Protective Equipment required for the course costs approximately £60 (£40 for the tunic and over trousers).
Students are expected to provide their own stationary in order to engage and achieve fully in their lessons, we suggest the following items are purchased:
- A4 lever arch file
- Plastic 'poly pockets'
- A4 lined paper â€“ refill pad
- Highlighter pens
- Colouring pens/pencils
I'm interested. What should I do now?
You are welcome to apply online where you will be invited for an interview at with a member of the Animal Studies course team. However, if you would like the opportunity the see the campus sooner and discuss your options please visit us on one of the colleges open events.
Days & times
Starting September 2019