Animal Care – Level 3

This Animal Management Level 3 qualification will provide you with a practical and theoretical understanding of animal management. On this course you'll learn about; delivering the highest standards of animal husbandry and handling, animal anatomy, behaviour and nutrition and how to undertake health checks on an animal using your knowledge of animal health and disease amongst a huge array of other topics and modules.

This course gives you experience with a wide range of animal groups at the amazing Safari Academy and sets you up for lots of different options in the animal industry for your future career.

As part of this qualification, you'll be taking part in 150 days of work experience.

  • What will be studied
    • Practical work on the small animal unit and during Estate Skills
    • Animal biology
    • Animal behaviour and communication
    • Legisation of animal management
    • Health and safety
    • Animal health, husbandry and nutrition
  • What are the entry requirements?

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

    Level 3 Advanced Technical Diploma in Animal Management (580) -

    • 5 x GCSE's grade 5 and above. Must include English and a Science OR a Merit in Level 2 Technical Certificate in Animal Care
    • A successful interview and reference / Progress Review for progressors


    Level 3 Advanced Technical Extended Diploma in Animal Management (1080 Zoo Pathway) - 

    • Merit or above from level 3 Year 1 (580)
    • Successful interview / Progress Review for progressors
    • Merit in Biology module 306 - desirable
  • Where does this course lead to?

    Careers from this course could include:

    • Kennel or Cattery Assistant
    • Pet Store Employee
    • Trainee Zookeeper / Aquarist
    • Veterinary Assistant
  • 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


    Students are required to wear the Animal Care uniform while on site at West Midland
    Safari Park

    Overalls and sturdy boots will be required when practical lessons are scheduled 

    Please be aware as the Level 3 is an academically challenging course, there may be more theory lectures than for other courses

  • Exam Board:
    City & Guilds

    At the end of Level 3 year 2, you will have enough UCAS points to apply to university to study subjects such as:

    • Animal Biology
    • Zoology
    • Animal Behaviour and Welfare


Start Date : September 2023 End Date : June 2025 Fee : N/A
Day : N/A Time : N/A Fee Description : N/A Duration : 2 Years
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