Animal Care Diploma – Level 3

KC's Level 3 Advanced Technical Diploma in Animal Management will have you learning how to carry out animal health checks, wildlife conservation skills and genetics, to business management and customer service, equipping you with an extensive knowledge to either progress on to University or begin a higher role within the animal care industry.  

This programme is highly intensive; with a collaboration of practical, theory and work experience delivered at the prestigious Safari Academy.

Ready to take on your future working with animals? Apply for this course. 

  • What will be studied

    The first year of this course is designed to develop your skills and knowledge to enable you to recognise the signs of good and ill health in animals, to carry out animal health checks and to produce animal health plans.

    There will be a clear focus on food type nutritional values and the ability to calculate the dietary requirements for animals at different stages of their life. You'll investigate the uses of animals in human society alongside welfare issues. The exotic animal health and well-being part of the course considers the implications of reproduction, handling, restraint and nutrition in terms of species conservation.

    An example of the units covered during year one of this qualification are:

    • Principles of Health and Safety
    • Animal Health and Husbandry
    • Animal Feeding and Nutrition
    • Animal Behaviour and Communication
    • Biological Systems of Animals
    • Animal Welfare and Breeding
    • Exotic Animal Health and Husbandry


    The second year of this course goes into academic depth about conservation, business management, customer care and will require you to undertake a specialist project.

    Some of the units you'll cover will be: 

    • Wildlife and Ecology Conservation
    • Avian Health and Husbandry
    • Inheritance and Genetics
    • Undertake Estate Skills
    • Business Management
    • Aquatics Welfare and Breed Development
    • Zoological Collections
    • Customer Care and Retail Merchandising
    • Specialist Project
  • What are the entry requirements?

    In order to gain a place on this course, you will need:

    • 5 GCSES at grade 4-9, must include grade 4 or above in English and maths and a science or a Merit grade in Level 2 Certificate in Animal Care 
    • A keen interest in the care of animals is essential
    • A successful interview with WMSP 

    Please note that this is one of our most popular courses, so apply early to avoid dissapointment!

  • Where does this course lead to?

    The Level 3 Advanced Technical Certificate, Diploma and Extended Diplomas in Animal Management are for learners who are interested in developing the specific technical and professional skills and knowledge that will lead to meaningful employment in the animal care industry. Learners will explore a wide range of industry areas including animal care and management, zoos and wildlife and applied science.

  • What qualifications will be gained?

    At the end of this two year course you will achieve an Animal Management Technical Extended Qualification Level 3

    This combined two year course is the equivalent to three A-Levels.

  • How will this course be delivered?

    All practical and theory elements of this full time course will take place at WMSP (3 days a week)

    Mucking out the animals is still a thing, there's no escaping it!

    A minimum of 18 hours will be spent each week studying for this course.

  • How will I be assessed?

    Assessment for this Level 3 Advanced Technical Diploma in Animal Management will revolve around internal assessments, both written and practical, externally set exams and practical assessments. Moderation will be externally assessed by City & Guilds.

  • How to get a place?
    Fill out our quick and easy application form HERE
  • Other Information:

    Students aged 19+ will be subject to fees. Student finance offers help with Advanced Learner Loans and support to students, please contact Student Services on 01562 512003 or  for more information.

    While on the course we would expect you to bring equipment to classes to assist with completing lesson tasks, such as;

    • Pens
    • Pencils
    • Notepad 
    • Food for the day

    Due to the nature of the course, you will be spending a considerable amount of time outside and in potentially adverse weather conditions. We ask that you bare this in mind and dress appropriately, warmly and invest in some waterproofs. You will require your own set of overalls and sturdy boots for all practical activities.


  • Exam Board:
    City & Guilds

    There are so many career possiblities once you have this qualification under your belt! 

    University, Animal warden, Researcher, Writer/journalist, Zoo Keeper, Animal Collections Manager, Conservation Project Officer, Groomer, Veterinary Nurse


Start Date : September 2022 End Date : June 2024 Fee : N/A
Day : N/A Time : N/A Fee Description : N/A Duration : 2 Years
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