Level 3 National Foundation Diploma in Animal Management

1 Year
Theory & Practical

Entry Requirements: 5 GCSEs at grade C or grade 5 or above, including Maths, English and Science

Course Info

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 within the animal care unit at College and a local animal collection.

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

The course consists of 2 external exams for Unit 3 Animal Welfare and Ethics, and Unit 2 Animal Biology. You will also complete a further 5 modules including Animal Health and Diseases, Animal Behaviour, Practical Animal Husbandry and Work Experience.


You will gain knowledge and skills from 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, you must complete a minimum of 150 hours Industry Placement. There is also an opportunity to gain additional qualifications in Numeracy, Literacy and ICT.

Entry Requirements & Interview Process

This is an advanced course suitable for those with at least 5 GCSEs at grade C or grade 5 or above to include Maths, English and Science and/or a relevant Level 2 qualification at a Distinction or equivalent/relevant work experience, additionally you may be required to undertake a taster session or task with course tutors.

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.

If your application is successful you will have an interview with a specialist tutor.

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