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

About the Course

This advanced level course gives you the opportunity to learn about and build on the essentials of working with animals. It is designed to provide you with a very wide range of specialist technical practical skills and detailed knowledge and understanding which will equip you to seek a diverse range of employment opportunities, or to further learning and training within the animal care and management industries. You will learn how to work safely around animals, be responsible for the planning and carrying out animal husbandry health and handling, and feeding and nutrition. You will also learn about animal behaviour, animal breeds and welfare and business skills.

Areas of Study

This qualification consists of the following mandatory and selected optional specialist units.

Mandatory Units

The proportion of mandatory content ensures that all learners are following a coherent programme of study and acquiring the knowledge, understanding and skills that will be recognised and valued.

  • Principles of Health and Safety
  • Undertake and Review Work Related Experience in the Land-based Industries
  • Animal Health and Husbandry
  • Animal Feeding and Nutrition
  • Animal Behaviour and Communication
  • Biological Systems of Animals
  • Animal Welfare and Breeding
  • Wildlife and Ecology Conservation
  • Pet Store Design and Management
  • Animal Nursing
  • Pet Allied Services
  • Kennel and Cattery Management
  • Undertake Estate Skills
  • Business Management in the Land-Based Sector
  • Undertake a Specialist Project in the Land-based Sector

Optional Specialist Units

Students will also study four optional specialist units (as determined by WUC Course lead) from the following:

  • Wildlife Management and Rehabilitation
  • Exotic Animal Health and Husbandry
  • Animal Training
  • Aquatics Welfare and Breed Development
  • Avian Health and Husbandry
  • Zoological Collections
  • Farm Livestock Husbandry and Welfare
  • Dog Grooming
  • Small Animal Rehabilitation
  • Ecological Concepts and Application
  • Customer Care and Retail Merchandising
  • Exploring Improvements, Opportunities for Diversification and New Business Initiatives within the Land Based Sector

Entry Requirements

The following information provides students with the entry requirements for this particular course.

  • 5 GCSEs at Grade 9-4 or A*-C
  • Must include English, Maths and Science
  • Satisfactory references from most recent school, college or employer

Course Prerequisite (direct entry to second year):
Level 3 Advanced Technical Diploma in Animal Management

Please note:
Alternative qualifications or experience will be considered on application.

Work Placements

The programme includes a module of work experience. This should be in the animal or supporting industries. A portfolio of evidence of the placement will need to be completed, aspects of which will involve employers observations. This element will count towards the final grade and should be completed throughout the programme.

Method of Assessment

To gain this qualification, learners must successfully achieve the following assessments:
  • Two externally set, externally moderated assignments
  • Two externally set and externally marked exams, sat under examination conditions
  • Two unit assignments
  • Portfolio of evidence
  • Optional unit assessments as required

After Completion of Your Course...

Educational Progression

After completion of the Level 3 Advanced Technical Extended Diploma in Animal Management (1080), you can progress to a Higher Education course such as:

  • Animal Management Foundation Degree
  • BSc (Hons) in Animal Science
  • BSc (Hons) in Animal Management
  • BSc (Hons) in Animal Management with Wildlife Conservation


After completion, it is likely that you will enter the industry by working within an animal welfare organisation, a veterinary practice, a wildlife park or perhaps a business such as a pet store, feed company or dog grooming salon. As you will have gained a breadth and depth of skills and knowledge over a wide range of units, you could progress within work to become a:

  • Animal Centre/Unit Manager
  • Animal Centre Deputy Manager
  • Dog grooming business owner/manager
  • Pet Store Manager
  • Kennel & Cattery Supervisor/Manger
  • Pet Sitter
  • Dog Walker