Animal Management - Technical / Extended Technical Diploma





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About the course

The Technical Diploma course is a City and Guilds qualification which runs over one year and is approximately  three - four days each week in college. At the end of year 1 you will achieve the level 3 Technical Diploma in Animal Management and subject to successful completion 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.
  • At the end of year 1 you will have achieved a level 3 qualification and therefore if you are 19 or over at point of enrolment for the Extended Technical Diploma you will be required to pay or apply for the Advanced learner loan.
  • 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.( Fees may apply)

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.

  • Health and Safety
  • Animal Health
  • Animal welfare
  • Nutrition and feeding
  • Pet shop management
  • Care of Exotics
  • Rehabilitation
  • Animal Biology
  • Work Experience
  • Animal behaviour
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?

The Technical qualification is assessed at set dates throughout the year by :

  • Formal Exams
  • Synoptic written tests
  • Synoptic practical tasks
What could I do next?

Upon completion of this course, you can progress into:

  • University
  • Employment
Additional cost

 Uniform cost is approx. £30.00  plus extra curricular activities of approx. £150.

You will also need to provide wet weather clothing, including suitable footwear for working at the farm.


You will need an interview for this course 



How old will you be when the course starts?

16-18 19+
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