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Animal Management Advanced (Level 3)

The Diploma is a two year full-time study programme that covers all aspects of animal management. You will study 10 subjects, two of which are externally assessed.  The programme enables you to gain knowledge and understanding in animal management alongside the development of practical and technical skills.  It will provide you with the theoretical knowledge necessary to progress into employment, higher education or further training within a wide range of animal-related sectors.

The College animal collection houses a wide range of domestic and zoological species providing opportunities for you to develop your practical skills and abilities in a supportive environment.

Our animal zones enable the study of species ranging from small tropical cockroaches within our humidity zone to desert meerkats in our African zone and opportunities to work outdoors with our herd of alpaca and pygmy goats. 

JordanThe Animal Unit at Shuttleworth College has approximately 400 species from all over the world. Some of my favourite to work with are the nocturnal animals, including the bats and hedgehogs.  With so many species it can be quite daunting to get to grips with all the requirements, but you learn something new every day and the weekly practical sessions ensure you gain experience in every area.  

I’ve enjoyed the health and welfare unit the most. It has really brought to light the suffering and neglect that some animals unfortunately go through and equips you with the skills to make a difference.  

The tutors are extremely knowledgeable. We learn through their experience, not disengaging PowerPoint presentations, and this would be my main reason for recommending the College and study programme to others. It’s also a very mature environment; I’m on the Student Council which requires me to relay points brought up by fellow students in class at regular meetings, in order to help constantly improve things.

We’ve had some really great experiences, including spending a weekend at Woburn Safari Park raising money for the International Elephant Foundation. I also had an eight day work experience placement at Whipsnade Zoo with theory sessions in the mornings and opportunities to assist the keepers in the afternoons, from the big cats to the penguins.

Studying at Shuttleworth College has given me high aspirations and I’d love to eventually work abroad in conservation, perhaps with elephants or sea turtles to help preserve these magnificent species. 

Jordan - Animal Management Level 3

Entry requirements

To begin this study programme you will need...

Duration: 2 Years
  • 4 GCSEs at grades A*-C or 9-4 ideally including English and maths 
  • Animal Care Level 2 Diploma with Functional Skills

Course content

The programme focuses on animal management and covers a wide range of topics including animal biology, animal health and animal behaviour.  There is a strong focus on ethics and welfare throughout the programme.

Subject units:

Mandatory units include:

  • Animal Biology
  • Animal Welfare and Ethics
  • Practical Animal Husbandry
  • Animal Behaviour
  • Animal Health and Disease
  • Work Experience in the Animal Sector
  • Investigative Research Project

You will also study a number of specialist units, which may include:

  • Exotic Animal Husbandry
  • Zoological Animal Health and Husbandry
  • Animals in Boarding Establishments

  • English and maths
    If you don't already have GCSE English and maths grade A*-C, we will work with you to help you develop your maths and English skills.
  • Work experience

You will need to complete a period of work experience with an employer in the sector. This will provide you with an opportunity to apply the knowledge and skills gained at College in the workplace.

  • Personal development skills, study skills and employability skills 
  • Additional vocational learning and qualifications

There may be opportunities for you to study:

  • Mathematics in Context (Level 3 Core Maths)
  • Level 3 Extended Project Qualification

Assessment methods

There are a range of assessment types throughout the programme, including assignments, presentations and practical assessments. There are also externally set assessments for Animal Welfare and Ethics and a written examination for Animal Biology lasting 1 hour and 30 minutes.


Animal Management BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma

You can also gain up to 112 UCAS points. 

Further study and career options

On successful completion of this study programme you can progress to the Animal Management Foundation Degree, or seek employment in the animal care industry. The diploma attracts up to 112 UCAS points.

Additional information

An equipment list will be provided prior to the start of the programme and includes steel toe cap boots or wellies and overalls.   There will be the opportunity to go on trips.  A study tour is arranged in the second year of the programme (subject to interest).

If commuting to Shuttleworth College will be difficult for you then you can choose to live in our halls of residence on campus. Priority is given to those who live the furthest distance from the College so make sure you book early to avoid disappointment. Visit our accommodation page for more information. Visit our accommodation page for more information -

To take part in this course there will be an additional fee of up to approximately £75 for required clothing, and £40 to pay for any trips. Opportunities will be available to visit other animal collections during the course. The work placement is a compulsory part of the course and will be monitored and assessed by College staff.

Funding information

All full-time Level 1 and Level 2 courses are now FREE for everyone, whatever their age. If you are looking to study a Level 3 qualification, courses are still free if you’re under 19 or 19-23 and studying your first full Level 3 qualification. If you’re over 23 or studying a second Level 3 qualification, you will need to pay a fee. Find out more on our financial support page at

If you are aged 19 or over you may qualify for an Advanced Learner Loan to help you pay the tuition fees for this course. Find out more at You can also pay by instalments to help make the cost of this course more affordable.

Course information & how to book

To apply online, select the 'Apply' button below. You will need to register an account and then you can follow the instructions on screen.

LengthStart DateFees per yearLocationCourse Code
2 years 10/09/2018 Launch our fee calculatorFree if 16-18yrs. Are you 19+?
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