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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 mammals, livestock and exotic mammals, reptiles, amphibians, invertebrates and fish. The courses will also include trips to businesses associated with the animal industry, as well as input from visiting speakers and current employers.

Entry requirements

Students wishing to study the Level 3 Advanced Technical Diploma or Extended Diploma require a minimum of five GCSE's at Grade 4 or above (GCSE C+) including Maths, English and Science. Due to the nature of the qualification these entry requirements are fixed and are therefor strict. Applicants should hold a keen interest in animal care and welfare and must be motivated and be able to manage their own time effectively.

 

Those students with a BTEC or City & Guilds Level 2 Technical Certificate in Animal Care at Merit level or above will also be considered. They must also have improved their English and Maths grades, and have positive references from their current teaching team. For more information on the criteria required for progression, please visit the Level 2 Technical course information page. 

 

Level 3 qualifications are set at A-level equivalent status, the Level 3 Animal Management qualifications are equivalent in size to 3 A-Levels.  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. 

Qualifications

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)

Students undertaking the Diploma (540) and the first year of the Extended Diploma (1080) will undertake the following modules;

 

  • 301 Principals of Health and Safety
  • 302 Undertake and Review Work Experience (external work placement required to obtain 150 hours)
  • 303 Animal Health and Husbandry
  • 304 Animal Feeding and Nutrition
  • 305 Animal Behaviour and Communication
  • 306 Biological Systems of Animals
  • 307 Animal Welfare and Breeding
  • 310 Exotic Animal Health and Husbandry
  • 312 Animal Training
  • 315 Animal Nursing

Students undertaking the second year of the Extended Diploma (1080) will undertake the following modules, depending on which route they choose;

Animal Management Route (for those interested in veterinary, behaviour or welfare based careers)

  • 308 Wildlife and Ecology Conservation
  • 311 Pet Store Design and Management
  • 313 Aquatics Welfare and Breed development
  • 325 Pet Allied Services
  •  326 Small Animal Rehabilitation
  • 327 Kennel and Cattery Management
  • 362 Undertake Estate Skills
  • 364 Business Management in the Land-Based Sector
  • 367 Undertake a Specialist Project in the Land-based Sector

 

Zoo Management Route (for those interested in zoos, conservation or wildlife rehabilitation based careers)

  • 308 Wildlife and Ecology Conservation
  • 309 Wildlife Management and Rehabilitation
  • 313 Aquatics Welfare and Breed Development
  • 314 Avian Health and Husbandry
  • 316 Zoological Collections
  • 362 Undertake Estate Skills
  • 364 Business Management in the Land-Based Sector
  • 365 Customer Care and Retail Merchandising
  • 367 Undertake a Specialist Project in the Land-based Sector

 

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 50 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 crèches 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. This can be a difficult juggle so it is important that you are dedicated to all areas of the study programme (this will be discussed during progression interviews).

Benefits, skills and character strengths

You will develop your character strengths and overall workplace effectiveness whilst undertaking 'Routine Duties' in the Animal Centre. You will work with other Animal Studies team members to manage our animal collection, providing the highest standard of animal welfare to a range of species and receive regular feedback to develop your technical skill and to meet our Professional Standards (please see below for further information). You will also engage in work experience within an external placement of your choice one day a week which will provide additional employability skills to those that you will learn within the Animal Centre. This course will develop your confidence working with a range of species, working with others, communication skills and time management skills ultimately supporting your with further progression into further study or into the Animal Sector.  

 

Professional Standards within Animal Studies includes; 

  1. HIGH LEVEL OF ATTENDANCE
    Attendance must be above 95% in all areas of the Study Programme, including English and Maths. 

  2. COMMITMENT TO THE ANIMAL SECTOR
    Demonstrate commitment to the Animal Sector by challenging yourself to excel. 

  3. RESPECTFUL INTERACTIONS WITH STAFF AND PEERS
    All interactions with staff (both within the college and externally within your work placement) and peers must be respectful.

  4. ACCOUNTABILITY FOR QUALITY AND PERFORMANCE
     Demonstrate accountability for the quality of your own work.

  5. SUPPORTING YOUR PEERS
    Support other students on your course and within the Animal Studies department.

  6. ACT SAFELY, RESPECTFULLY WITH INTEGRITY
    Display model behaviours in both theory and practical areas that demonstrate our values in action.

  7. PROVIDE HIGH STANDARDS OF ANIMAL WELFARE
    Ensure optimal animal care and welfare alongside compliance with legislation.

  8. PROMOTE BEHAVIOURAL EQUALITY
    Demonstrate behaviours that support equality, diversity and inclusion.

How will I be assessed?

To gain the Level 3 Advanced Technical Diploma/Extended Diploma in Animal Management, students must successfully achieve the following assessments:

 

Year 1:

  • One Theory Exam covering the four mandatory units: 303, 304, 305, 307 (40% of the final grade)
  • One Synoptic Assessment covering the four mandatory units: 303, 304, 305, 307 (60% of the final grade)
  • One Multiple Choice Exam covering 301 Health and Safety (Pass or Fail only)
  • Work Experience Portfolio (including log of 150 hours in an external work placement) for unit 302
  • One Biology Theory Exam covering unit 306
  • Six written optional unit assignments (covering a range of assessment styles including reports, booklets and presentations)
  • Six optional unit practical assessments

Year 2:

  • One Theory Exam covering the seven mandatory units: 308, 311, 315, 325, 327, 362, 364 OR 310, 313, 314, 316, 362, 364, 365 (40% of the final grade)
  • One Synoptic Assessment covering the four mandatory units: 308, 311, 315, 325, 327, 362, 364 OR 310, 313, 314, 316, 362, 364, 365 (60% of the final grade)
  • Ten written optional unit assignments (covering a range of assessment styles including reports, booklets and presentations)

Study at home and the appropriate use of 'Directed Study' sessions is essential in order to successfully meet assessment deadlines, however all students will be supported across all aspects of their learning.

 

To support students in completing the above assessments, regular formative assessments will take place throughout year covering a variety of different formats including tests, oral presentations, posters, leaflets, reports etc.

 

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 sector (150 hours).

Where is the course delivered? (facilities/classrooms)

This course is being delivered at the main campus in Bury St Edmunds within our new Animal Centre. 

 

For a tour of the Animal Centre please visit our Animal Studies Facebook Page.

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
  • Zoology
  • Herpetology
  • Biology
  • Veterinary Science 
  • Veterinary Nursing
  • Bioveterinary Medicine 
  • Wildlife Conservation

 

The Level 3 Advanced Technical Extended Diploma in Animal Management (1080) is equivalent to between 48 and 168 UCAS points depending on your end result. These are calculated as follows; PPP 48 Points, MPP 64 Points, MMP 80 Points, MMM 96 Points, DMM 112 Points, DDM 128 Points, DDD 144 Points, D*DD 152 Points, D*D*D 160 Points, D*D*D* 168 Points.  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 from the course team as well as the Careers Team housed in the front of the Gateway.  

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 we ask that you wear;

  • Navy veterinary style tunic embroided with the West Suffolk College logo (approx. £25.22)
  • 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.). These must not be worn to and from college, they must be an additional piece of footwear that you only wear whilst in the Animal Centre. You will need to bring a padlock to keep your PPE safely within one of the on-site lockers. 

To order your tunic (and optional Animal Studies Hoodie) you will need to use the information below;

  1. Visit www.mycollegeuniform.com
  2. Login with your college login details (these will be sent to you along with your summer work requirements)
  3. Create your own personal My College Uniform account
  4. Select your uniform (You will be guided through selecting your â€

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