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L3 Diploma (90 Credit) / Animal Management L3 Extended Diploma Top Up

Working with animals is becoming an increasingly popular career option. It is a rewarding profession that involves the care, welfare, handling, health, behaviour and accommodation of a variety of animals. Many people begin working with animals from a young age, with an instinctive desire to care for a range of species, not just domestic pets. Job opportunities include dog handling, wildlife rangers, vets and zoologist with several more career options within the military. Students gain hands-on-experience working with our own animals plus more at local animal collections/


This course will give you the opportunity to experience real life situations dealing with the health, handling and behaviour of different animals. These experiences are present on regular offsite visits to a variety of events across the north of England and in house with our extensive range of animals.

  • The course includes:
  • Animal health
  • Animal biology
  • Animal anatomy and physiology
  • Practical animal handling and husbandry
  • Animal welfare and breed development
  • Animal behavior
  • Exotic animalĀ»
  • Management
  • Animal nutrition
  • Animal nursing
  • Biochemistry and microbiology
  • Wildlife, ecology and populations
  • Farm livestock husbandry.

You can study an extra AS Level alongside this course, please click on the link below to find out more information:


You will gain knowledge and skills for qualified and experienced members of staff who have first hand experience working within the industry. This programme includes industrial experience working in an establishment which best suits your interests. There is also an opportunity to gain additional qualifications in Numeracy, Literacy and ICT.

Course Leader profile

Chris Tindal

After school I spent a year working on a trout farm in North Yorkshire and attended Sparsholt College of Agriculture in Hampshire. Upon my return I worked at the RSPCA clinic in Halifax for a couple of years before moving on to spend eleven years at Hird & Partners Veterinary Practice, five of which as Practice Manager. During my time at Hirds I gained a BSc (Hons) from Bradford University, followed by a Post Graduate Certificate in Education in Secondary Science at the University of Wales, Bangor. I spent two years teaching Key Stage 2 and 3 and A level Biology in Wales followed by three years in the pharmaceuticals industry as a Veterinary Territory Manager for Pfizer Animal Health, covering the north of England and Northern Ireland. This was followed by seven years teaching level 3 and 4 Animal Management and Countryside Management at Kirklees College in Huddersfield. At Kirklees I was also an Advanced Teaching and Learning Coach for the Land-Based and Science department. I joined Calderdale in September 2012 and teach a variety of biology and animal related subjects for level 3 Animal Management.

Entry Requirements

An advanced course suitable for those with at least 5 GCSEs at grade C or grade 4 or above to include English and Science and/or a relevant level 2 qualification at a merit or above or equivalent/relevant work experience. Candidates will also need a satisfactory reference from their school or current tutor. Successful applicants will be asked to complete a research question prior to enrolment.

Interview Process

Interview with specialist tutor

Questions & Answers

How is the course assessed?

You will be assessed using a variety of methods including written assignments, presentations, posters and practical competence assessments.

Are there any opportunities for progression?

This Extended Diploma enables progression to a university to study for a degree in Zoology, Animal Welfare, Marine Biology or Veterinary Medicine. Other progression routes include public service sectors such as the Police-dog and Mounted sections and the Army Royal Veterinary Core.Veterinary Core, or you may wish to enter directly into employment within the industry.


Before Enrolment

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During Your Study

To help you to succeed in your course of study we offer a range of services. For instance, you may have a learning difficulty and/or disability or other condition which significantly affects your daily life. If you would like to discuss your support needs, or for further information about the support available, please contact the study support team on 01422 357357 Ext 9347.

Home Educated Young People

Young people aged 14-16 who are home educated can now access college courses free of charge to enhance their education. If you are interested in finding out more about the opportunities available please contact the School Liaison Team on 01422 399332.

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Course details

  • Attendance: Full-time
  • Start Date: September 2018
  • Hours per week: 13.5 hours per week
  • Days: Monday - Wed or Wed to Friday
  • Start Time: 9.00 am
  • End Time: 4.30 pm
  • Duration: 2 years (Extended ), 1 Year (90 credit )
  • Course Fees: This course is free for students age 16 - 18. For students 19+ please contact our Student Services Team In most cases students aged 18 and under who wish to enrol on a full time further education course will have their fees waived. Students who are aged 19 and over and who wish to enrol on a full time course should contact our Student Services Team on 01422-399367 for more information.
  • Venue: Calderdale College
  • Faculty: Science and Health Industries
  • Department Manager: Deborah Tims


  • Level: Level 3
  • Qualification Name: BTEC Level 3 Animal Management (Extended Diploma and 90 Credit Diploma)
  • Awarding Body: EDEXCEL

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