Vocational Course

Animal Management with Science Level 3

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About this course

We provide excellent Animal Care education with specialist facilities providing housing for exotic mammals and reptiles, as well as domestic small animals.

The animal-based courses are well established with successful delivery over a number of years.

This one or two year course consists of practical and theory sessions, giving you experience of working with a wide variety of animal species.

It is suitable if you want to increase your knowledge and develop an understanding of animals.

What will I learn?

  • Animal Biology
  • Animal Behaviour
  • Animal Welfare and Ethics
  • Practical Animal Husbandry
  • Advanced Animal Nutrition
  • Practical Skills in Animal Science.

These will be taught in both theory and practical sessions.

In the practical sessions you will learn handling and restraint techniques, accommodation management and feeding regimes for a wide variety of animals.

This course will provide you with knowledge and experience across a wide range of sectors in the animal care industry and will allow you to progress to a number of academic and employment routes.

How will I be assessed?

Assessment is by written coursework, practical observation, photographic evidence and oral presentations.

There are three externally assessed units in the form of written examinations.

What do I need?

You will need to achieve at least 5 GCSEs at Grade C/4 or above including English and Science.

Where can it take me?

  • Halesowen College - Animal Management HND
  • University - related degree, such as Zoology, Animal Science, Veterinary Nursing, Animal Behaviour, Equine Studies, and Animal Health & Welfare
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Dog Grooming Assistant

Additional Information

A 300 hour work experience placement is required in an animal-related industry: one day per week will be allocated as part of your timetable.

You will take part in one timetabled session per week of practical work which will include handling, feeding, cleaning and other husbandry duties.

All of your other timetabled sessions will be classroom based.

A desire to work with animals is important, especially the willingness to handle all types of animal including exotic mammals, reptiles, amphibians and invertebrates.