Animal Management - Technical / Extended Diploma





Awarding Body




About the course

The course is a City and Guilds  programme run over two years, of which three - four days of each week are spent in college. At the end of year 1 you will achieve the level 3 technical diploma in Animal Management and subject to successful completion and achieving a Merit Grade or above, you may progress to the Extended Diploma in Animal Management .Guided learning hours are spent in classrooms learning the theory of animal management and are interspersed with visits to breed shows, wildlife rehabilitation centres and animal shelters to experience the handling and feeding of farm, wild and exotic animals belonging to local community projects and experienced animal handlers and breeders. You will also need to attend 150 hours of Work Experience throughout each year.


  • Between the ages of 16-18 you do not need to pay tuition or exam fees for your course.
  • If you are between the ages of 19 and 23 and have not achieved a full Level 2 or Level 3 qualification before, you will not need to pay tuition, exam or material fees using the Level 2 or 3 Entitlement.
  • If you are aged 19 or over, studying a Level 3-6 and a Level 3 Entitlement does not apply, you will need to pay the full cost of the course. You may be eligible for an Advanced Learner Loan to help with the fees.

Please contact us directly for the most up to date fees – these may be subject to change.

Entry Requirements

5 GCSEs at grade C / 5 or above, including Maths, English and Science.

or  a Level 2 diploma in Animal care where you can demonstrate you have achieved an overall Merit grade or above , a minimum of maths and English at grade D/ 4 and a good record of attendance.

You will be enrolled on the Technical Diploma, which is a one year course. Upon successful completion of year one, you can progress onto the Extended Diploma in year two.

What will I do on this course?

The course is made up of a series of units covering a range of different animals and different working situations. They range from health, welfare, anatomy and physiology to care of exotic species and animal behaviour. Progressing to the Extended Diploma will entail adding further units to the list below:

  • Understand principles of animal nutrition  
  • Understand and interpret animal behaviour and communication
  • Investigative Project  

We will make sure that you have the Maths and English skills that employers need.

Who is it for?

All those with an interest in animals, have just left school or a lower level course, such as Level 2 Diploma in Animal Care at Merit grade or above  and are looking to improve their employment prospects, or go onto higher education.

How Is this course assessed?

To be successful in this course you have to achieve 90 credits in the first year and 90 credits in the second year. The units are graded Pass, Merit or Distinction. Assessment is completed via assignment and practical tasks throughout the academic year.

What could I do next?

Upon completion of this course, you can progress into:

  • University
  • Employment
Additional cost

You will need to pay £165 towards trips that will take place throughout the year.  

Uniform cost is approx. £30.00


You will need an interview for this course 



How old will you be when the course starts?

16-18 19+
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