Vocational Course

Animal Management BTEC Level 3

Full-Time
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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 2 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?

During the course you will study a variety of units including Animal Biology, Anatomy & Physiology, Animal Behaviour, Aquatics Husbandry, Zoo Animal Husbandry and Dog Grooming. 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 an oral presentation.

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

What do I need?

General Requirements

  • 5 GCSEs at Grade A*-C including English and Maths at grade 4 (grade C)

Specific Requirements

  • Science/Additional Science at grade C (BTEC Science may be considered if you have distinction or merit)

In certain circumstances we will accept variations to this entry guide and create a personalised programme.

Where can it take me?

  • Halesowen College - Animal Management HNC/D or choose from a range of HNC/D, Foundation Degrees and professional qualifications
  • University - a degree in a related subject including Zoology, Animal Science, Veterinary Nursing, Animal Behaviour, Equine Studies, and Animal Health & Welfare
  • Careers - within the industry as trainee veterinary nurse, kennel/cattery assistant, dog grooming assistant, pet store assistant, trainee zoo keeper, horse groom, stable hand and pet retail

Additional Information

A 225-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 and insects.