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Level 3 Advanced Technical Extended Diploma in Animal Management

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Course Description

If you’ve always dreamed about working with animals, then this course is perfect for you!

It’s taught at our Middleton Campus located in Greater Manchester. Under the guidance of expert tutors who have worked in zoos across the world, you’ll have the amazing opportunity to get hands-on experience with some of the planet’s most rare and wonderful wildlife.

We home over 700 animals, many of which are categorised as endangered species. Just some of the unique creatures you’ll learn about and care for include wallabies, pink flamingos, meerkats, potoroos and many more!

Every day has the potential to be an adventure. You’ll sometimes find yourself working indoors with exotic reptiles, amphibians, birds and fish, whereas on other days you’ll be in the great outdoors as you work from our vast animal enclosures. It’s here where you’ll also find our Tropical House.

This Level 3 qualification will give you with the broadest and most extensive knowledge of the animal care industry. You’ll have the opportunity to study the most advanced topics, including animal biology, wildlife rehabilitation and chemistry for technicians.

You’ll leave the course with a very thorough understanding and skillset – which in turn will put you in good standing to pursue the most exciting careers in the animal care industry. In addition, you’ll also be a suitable candidate for university-level study with Higher Education or have the option to complete a Higher Apprenticeship.

*This course is taught at our Middleton Campus, located in Middleton, Greater Manchester.


City & Guilds Level 3 Advanced Technical Extended Diploma in Animal Management

Entry Requirements

• 5 GCSEs grade 5 or above to include English Language, Maths and Science.

If you have not attained GCSE grades 4-9 in English and Maths you will automatically be enrolled in classes to work towards these qualifications at an appropriate level to suit your ability.


You'll study a wide range of units which are designed to give you the perfect foundation for a career working with animals.

The following topics will provide you with a strong portfolio of evidence to allow you to enter the animal care industry:

  • Animal biology
  • Anatomy and physiology
  • Animal health and welfare
  • Animal nursing
  • Animal behaviour and communication
  • Providing food and water for animals
  • Animal grooming
  • Animal nutrition, diet and feeding regimes
  • Care of exotics
  • Kennel and cattery management
  • Farm livestock management
  • Aquatics and fish keeping
  • Wildlife and rehabilitation and conservation
  • Exotic Animal Health and Husbandry
  • Animal Behaviour and Communication
  • Pet Store Design
  • Aquatics Husbandry and Management
  • Farm Livestock Husbandry
  • Kennel and Cattery Management
  • Dog Grooming
  • Fundamentals of Science
  • Chemistry for Biology Technicians
  • Inheritance and Genetic Manipulation
  • Zoological Animal Health and Husbandry

Work Experience

You will have the amazing opportunity to undertake a work placement. This will take place one day per week and is often done on-site or with an external provider.

We're pleased to work alongside a number of reputable employers, as well as have the most contemporary on-campus facilities that replicate a true workplace environment.

Over the course of your two year course you will accumulate more than 300 valuable hours of work experience.


This could will open up instantly employment opportunities and allow you to pursue your chosen car immediately upon completion. This could be in any number of professional roles, with former students working everywhere from zoos to running their own business.

However, you could also progress into Higher Education. If you were to study a university course, you'd find yourself most suited to one of the following fields:

  • Animal Behaviour
  • Animal Sciences
  • Animal Ecology
  • Animal Welfare
  • Practical Conservation
  • Marine Biology
  • Psychology and Zoology
  • Veterinary Nursing
  • Wildlife Biology
  • Zoology
  • Zoo Animal Management.
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