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Animal Management - C&G Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma at East Durham College

Course description

The course runs over 2 years with successful completion of year 1 resulting in you achieving a Level 3 subsidiary diploma in animal management. The second year ensures you will gain credits to achieve the Level 3 extended diploma in animal management. You will cover a mixture of theory and practical topics and get hands-on experience working in the Houghall animal unit. The unit houses a variety of animals from rabbits and guinea pigs, exotics, 'small furries', cats, dogs and ferrets. You will also have opportunity to learn new skills working on the farm at Houghall with a variety of different breeds of sheep, pigs and cows.

Course content


Topics covered in the course include:
Year 1 (Subsidiary Diploma)- Animal health, animal biology, practical animal handling and husbandry, feeding and accommodation, kennel and cattery, exotic animal husbandry, animal behaviour, animal biology, biochemistry and work-related experience.
Year 2 (Extended Diploma) - Anatomy and physiology, farm livestock, wildlife and rehabilitation, microbiology, breeding and genetics, breed development and welfare, and ecology.


Entry requirements

Direct Entry: 5 x GCSEs C or above including Maths, English and Science
Progressive entry: Level 2 diploma in animal care t and a minimum of level 1 maths and English. Attendance at 85%+ for previous year and satisfactory standards of behaviour.


You will be assessed throughout the course through a series of assignments, practical assessments, written tests, and presentations.

Financial information

If you have been a UK resident for the past 3 years and are under the age of 19 on the 31st August, you will not usually need to pay any course fees.

Future opportunities

Following successful completion of this course you may be able to pursue a career in the land-based sector as a kennel supervisor, veterinary nurse, dog groomer, police dog handler, RSPCA inspector or retail assistant in a pet store. Progression to an apprenticeship in the animal care industry may also be an option to enable you to gain more experience working hands-on. This course is also a great route into higher education and degree courses such as animal management, animal science, animal behaviour and welfare, zoology and veterinary nursing.

Further information

Following successful completion of this course you may be able to progress into higher education at an institute specialising in animal related degrees.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact East Durham College directly.

Last updated date: 12 April 2016
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    • The College's Houghall Campus is located on the outskirts of Durham City centre. The Campus has an excellent reputation for a range of land based studies and is highly regarded amongst those within land based industries. The campus has excellent facilities including an arboretum, pinetum, working farm, stables and a specialist small animal care unit, all set amongst stunning grounds and countryside. These coupled with outstanding lecturers who share a passion for the outdoors, students with an interest in land based studies can be assured they have come to the right place.