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  • Full Time

  • 2 Years

  • Aberystwyth Campus

Working with animals can be a rewarding career choice for individuals who have a passion for animals and their welfare. There are various job opportunities available in this field, ranging from hands-on animal care to research, charity work and conservation.

This qualification is offered as a full-time level three course which is equivalent to A-level standard for students over the age of 16. It is also a stepping stone qualification into university.

The course will provide you with special technical practical skills and knowledge to work within the animal care sector in either a hands-on capacity or within the wider industry.

The two-year course focuses on developing the skills you are required to have by employers in the animal management and environmental industry and they enable you to progress onto degree level courses in these or related subjects.

At the end of year one you will complete the level three Advanced Technical Diploma in Animal Management. At the end of your second year, you will complete the Level Three Advanced Technical Extended Diploma in Animal Management.

Programme Features

Learners will have the opportunity to learn how to build on their skills of working with animals. Learners will learn how to work safely around animals and be responsible for the planning and carrying out of animal husbandry health, handling, and feeding tasks. You will also learn about animal behaviour, animal breeds, welfare and business skills.

Learners will also have the opportunity to gain practical experience with a range of animals including dogs, rabbits, guinea pigs, horses and a variety of exotic species. Students are also required to undertake work experience (150 hours) which is mandatory in year one of the course and aims to develop your employability skills.

Programme Content

Modules could include the following:

  • 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
  • Animal Training
  • Small Animal Rehabilitation
  • Pet Allied Services
  • Wildlife and ecology conservation
  • Wildlife management and rehabilitation
  • Exotic animal health and husbandry
  • Pet store design and management
  • Animal nursing
  • Farm livestock husbandry and welfare
  • Kennel and cattery management
  • Undertake estate skills
  • Business management in the land-based sector
  • Undertake a specialist project in the land-based sector
Progression and Employment

On successful completion of this course, learners could continue to study onto higher education or progress into employment in the industry.  Roles could include:

  • Animal centre assistant
  • Kennel and cattery worker/supervisor
  • Animal hospital care assistant
  • Apprentice in an animal care business
  • Pet store assistant
Method of assessment

Assessment is by –

  • One externally set, externally moderated assignment (synoptics)
  • One externally set, externally marked exam under examination conditions (online)
  • Portfolio of evidence
  • Work Experience
  • Optional unit assessments as required
  • Health and Safety theory exam
  • Biology Theory Exam
Entry Requirements

Five GCSEs at grades A*-C, which includes either English language or Welsh (first language) and maths. Or successful completion of a level two vocational qualification in a relevant subject at merit or above. Candidates are subject to a successful interview.

Additional Costs

Students will be required to have adequate equipment for working outside in all weathers.

Students will also be required to have the usual equipment for working in a classroom environment.

All learners are required to pay an administration fee of £25 prior to enrolment.

You will need to provide your own stationery, and may also incur costs if the department arranges educational visits.

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SA43 1AB
01239 612032

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SY23 3BP
01239 612032

Coleg Ceredigion is a company limited by guarantee registered in England and Wales No. 08725643 and is a registered charity No. 1154557.
The registered office is at Park Place, Cardigan, Ceredigion, SA43 1AB