Level 3 – Animal Management

Applications for September 2022 are now open.

Starts: September

Course Length:

Year One: 11 months

Year Two: 11 months - Both on a full-time basis (four days a week)

Location: Tiggywinkles Wildlife Hospital, Haddenham (near Aylesbury)

About the course

Focusing upon the major principles and practices of animal care and welfare, from managing a pet shop or grooming dogs to caring for exotic animals, you will be able to start or build on a career in the Animal Care Industry. You may have some experience in animal care or have gained your Level 2 qualification. You want to develop the skills to be a more senior worker or manager, or to prepare for higher-level training. You'll gain an in-depth insight into the techniques and science of animal management. You will cover topics including animal biology, husbandry and animal nutrition. You'll also gain plenty of practical experience in your choice of skills, from wildlife surveys to animal training. Learning will be through practical sessions, group discussions, research and assignments.


Year Two achievers may go onto Higher Education to study a degree, as this qualification has UCAS points (varies depending on final grade achieved).


Three week days, plus one day at the weekend, every week for the duration of the course.

Note: Courses run from September to end of July - with two weeks off at Christmas and two weeks at Easter. We do NOT break for half-terms or bank holidays.

Entry Requirements

For the first year: 4 GCSEs including English, Maths and Science at grade 4 / C or above. OR Level 2 Animal Care Diploma at overall Merit grade with a distinction in the Biology unit, as well as Maths & English at passing grade.

For the second year: Students must pass all units in the first year and demonstrate a commitment to learning to be enrolled onto year two.

Independent study skills are required to work at this level. All students need to be enthusiastic, complete a successful interview, plus attend every day of a hands-on trial week.

What careers could this lead to?

Achieving this qualification may help you work in roles such as: kennel and cattery worker/supervisor; pet store assistant/supervisor; animal hospital care assistant; wildlife assistant; dog grooming assistant; animal feed sales rep; pet sitter or dog walker; trainee zoo keeper or aquarist; trainee animal husbandry technician.

Year One - Advanced Technical Diploma in Animal Management (540)

  • 031/531 Level 3 Animal Management - Theory exam
    • 303 Animal Health & Husbandry
    • 304 Animal Feeding & Nutrition
    • 305 Animal Behaviour & Communication
  • 030 synoptic assignment
  • 301 Level 3 Principles of health and safety - Theory exam
  • 302 Level 3 Undertake and review work related experience in the land- based industries – Portfolio
  • 306 Level 3 Biological systems of animals – Theory exam
  • 831 Practical Work Experience
  • 310 Exotic Animal Health and Husbandry
  • 315 Animal Nursing
  • 326 Small Animal Rehabilitation

Students must pass all units by the end of Year One in order to enrol onto the second year of this course.

Year Two - Advanced Technical Extended Diploma in Animal Management (1080)

  • 041/541 Level 3 Animal Management - Theory exam
    • 308 - Wildlife Ecology and conservation
    • 309 - Wildlife management and rehabilitation
    • 328 - Ecological concepts and application
    • 364 - Business management in the Land-Based sector
  • 040 Level 3 Animal Management - Synoptic assignment
  • 367 Level 3 Undertake a specialist project in the land-based sector - Assignment
  • 833 Practical Work Experience
  • 314 Avian Health and Husbandry

Plus students will also cover CV writing, job applications, interview techniques, team working, dealing with the public and employability skills, across the two years.

2022/23 - Fees & Funding Support

On enrolment, ALL students will need to purchase uniform tops. This is not covered by course fees.

16-18 year-old students are exempt from tuition and registration fees.

19+ Course fees are £1,724 (year one, 2022-23) and £1,751 (for year two, 2023-24). Payment in instalments may be possible but needs to be agreed in advance.

19-24 year-olds may qualify for full or partial course fees funding, depending on eligibility criteria. Contact Bucks College Group

Courses Available

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Level 2 Diploma in Animal Care

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