Animal Care Diploma – Level 3

This Level 3 Diploma is the cherry on the top of your animal care journey. Having worked your way up through Levels 1 and 2, building your confidence, practical skills and knowledge, you will now be focusing on utilising and expanding upon these qualities. From learning how to carry out animal health checks, wildlife conversation skills to business management and customer service, this final section of Animal Care will equip you with an extensive know-how to either progress on to University or begin a higher role within the animal care industry.

As with previous levels of this course, this programme is highly intensive; with a collaboration of practical, theory and work experience delivered at both the prestigious Safari Academy and Kidderminster College.

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 cover during year one 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
    • Animal Training
    • Small Animal Rehabilitation


    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.

    Units covered in year two

    • 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?
    • 5 GCSES at grade D/3 or above including Maths and English
    • An A-level in a related subject; e.g. Land Based Studies
    • A keen interest in the care of animals is essential
  • Where does this course lead to?

    Completion of this final Level of Animal Care will open doors to Higher Education, further study and progression into the following career roles:-

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

    Tackling both practical work and academic theory, you will divide your time between Kidderminster College main campus (1 day a week) and West Midlands Safari Park (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 Diploma will revolve around both portfolio work and exams.

  • How to get a place?

    Apply online at


  • Other Information:

    As with our Level 1 and Level 2 Diploma's, you will be partially based at West Midlands Safari Park, working from their Safari Academy. There will also be frequent trips to Ray's Farm and the Blue Cross, both of which are local to the college.

    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
    • Memory stick
    • Notepad


    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.

  • Exam Board:
    City & Guilds


Start Date : September 2020 End Date : June 2022 Fee : N/A
Day : N/A Time : N/A Fee Description : N/A Duration : 2 Years
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