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Animal Management Level 3 at Sheffield College

Course description

This is a 2 year full time course

About this course

The course is taught by experienced tutors who have relevant industrial experience, including work with the RSPCA, veterinary nursing and environmental conservation.

You will learn a variety of subjects related to Animal Welfare. The subjects covered include: animal health and biology, anatomy and physiology, behaviour and communication, feeding, nutrition and accommodation, welfare and breed development, handling and safe working, wildlife management and rehabilitation, biochemistry and microbiology, farm livestock husbandry, inheritance and genetic manipulation, dog grooming, chemistry for biology technicians and business management.

The course gives you a chance to improve and broaden your scientific knowledge. It is taught through theory and practical sessions and you will be required to complete 9 weeks of work experience throughout the two years of study. This is arranged as 3 x 3 week blocks over the two years. Whilst you are on work placement you will be required to attend the placement Monday to Friday for the hours the placements state. Some placements (e.g. farms) may want you to start at 8.00am. Work experience is a compulsory part of the course. If you do not complete your placements you will not be able to achieve the qualification.

Throughout the year, there will also be several key dates when exotic and large animal handling will take place. You will be expected to attend all of these sessions. The large animal handling sessions take place at a farm, approximately 5 miles from Sheffield city centre. Your tutors will also arrange sessions when you will be able to bring your own pets into college in order to practice handling techniques, health checks, bandaging techniques and bathing and grooming. This is a compulsory part of your programme.

Other visits will be arranged during the year to various places, such as zoos and animal establishments. You are expected to attend the visits. For some of the visits you will be asked to contribute towards the cost of the entrance fee and travel, which you will be able to pay in instalments throughout the year. Towards the end of the first year, there is a 3 day residential to London (to the Royal Veterinary College, Natural History Museum and Science Museum). The cost of this is approximately £150. You will be expected to go on the residential. You will be able to pay the money in instalments before the visit takes place.

You will need to purchase some overalls. You will also need a pair of wellington or steel toe-capped boots. Recommended texts for the programme are: Veterinary Anatomy & Physiology by Aspinall & Capello (cost approximately £30) and/or the BSAVA Manual of Practical Animal Care Hotston Moore & Hughes (cost approximately £50). You are advised to obtain a USB memory stick (minimum 1Gb). Those in financial hardship can apply for help from the college's Learner Support Fund.

You are expected to study Functional Skills in English, Maths and ICT where necessary.

Will this course suit me?

An ideal student for this course is one who is motivated with a desire to learn and who has a keen ambition to work with animals and interest in science.

Qualification Title

BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Animal Management.

This course carries UCAS points equivalent to 3 A levels. Please check the UCAS website for more details.





Entry requirements

5 GCSEs at Grade 4 or above including English Language, Double Science and Maths



All units are assessed and graded (Pass, Merit and Distinction) and an overall grade for the qualification is awarded. The units are assessed by a programme of assignments and practical work. There are no traditional exams, but this does mean that you need to have good time management skills and be able to work to targets and deadlines.

Financial information


At The Sheffield College we will always do our best to support you through your studies, to make them as stress free as possible. We have a specialist support team who can give you all the advice you need on all things financial, including what might be available to you, so that you don’t go short and you can concentrate all your efforts into your studies.

Free meals

If you meet the eligibility criteria we’ll be able to support you with free meals. You’ll get an amount of money that you can use within the college shops and diners per day. This will be added to your student ID card which you will just swipe to purchase items.

Travel passes

Students (including Apprentices) of The Sheffield College who live in South Yorkshire are eligible for a 16–18 Student Pass which entitles pass holders to cheaper travel on buses and trams in South Yorkshire. Pass holders are also entitled to half fare on Northern train services in South Yorkshire.

Learner Support Fund

If you are enrolled with us, you may receive support towards the cost of:

  • Travel

  • Books and materials

  • Uniform and equipment

  • Essential course trips

  • NUS extra

  • DBS checks needed for your course (previously known as CRB)
  • UCAS registration fee and travel to interviews when applying for university

Future opportunities

Where Can It Lead?

An EDEXCEL BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Animal Management should enable you to progress into careers in animal nursing, kennels & catteries, animal charities, zoos, animal collections, stud farms and many other areas of the animal care industry.

Students who achieve good grades could also go onto study in Higher Education. Sheffield City College has a progression accord with the Royal Veterinary College in London. This means that those students who achieve good grades in their course and have the appropriate GCSEs will be guaranteed an interview for Veterinary Medicine degree programmes. Sheffield City College also has progression accords with Nottingham Trent University and Moulton College, which means that you will be guaranteed an interview on some of their degree programmes (dependant on grades). Former students have gone on to study equine dentistry, equine sports science, veterinary nursing, zoology, animal science, animal behaviour, ecology and animal behaviour and welfare.




Further information

Open Days

Why not come and see for yourself. Visit us on one of our open evenings and meet the people who will be teaching you, have a chat about what the course involves and look round our fantastic facilities where you’ll be learning.

Our City, Hillsborough, Peaks and Olive Grove campuses will be open on the following days:

  • Thursday 25th October 2018 4-7pm
  • Wednesday 21st November 2018 4-7pm
  • Tuesday 29th January 2019 4-7pm
  • Monday 4th March 2019 4-7pm

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 15 May 2019
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: Two years
  • Course code: HFNAC1


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    • Welcome to City Campus


      The Sheffield College City campus is a great place to be and perfectly located just a 10 minute walk from the city centre for your dinner time shop, and just 5 minutes from the train station.

      Our City campus boasts a sustainable, glass atrium that is 7 floors high and flooded with natural light. From lunch in The Refectory and with an outdoor terrace overlooking the city, the facilities include an aviation air cabin, catering kitchens, hair and beauty salons, science laboratories, dental technology laboratories, a sports hall, high tech childcare teaching facilities, construction workshops and a children’s nursery.

      Many students study catering at City so there’s always something tasty on the menu from ‘Grab n Go’, the student run restaurant The Silver Plate, or something to take away from the bakery.

      Address: City Campus, Granville Rd, Sheffield, South Yorkshire S2 2RL

      By Car

      From the M1, take Junction 33 onto the Sheffield Parkway, which merges into the A61.

      At the large roundabout, take the third exit sign posted A61.

      Continue on A61, keeping the train station on your left, until you spot a McDonalds restaurant.

      Just before the McDonalds take a left onto Granville Road.

      The entrance to the college is approximately 150 metres up Granville Road, on the right hand side.


      Car parking facilities at City campus are limited to Blue Badge holders only – please see Disabled Go for more detailed access information.

      The nearest public parking is the Grosvenor Casino (pay and display) – just 5 a minute walk from the college. This can be accessed by continuing along the A61/Queen’s Road and taking the first left onto Duchess Road.

      Additional car parking can be found at Q-Park, Sheffield Train Station.

      By Train

      Sheffield Train Station is only a 10 minute walk from City Campus, and provides excellent connections to nearby towns and further afield cities.

      Visit National Rail Enquiries for more information on train travel to Sheffield.

      By Tram

      The Sheffield College is so well serviced by trams we even have a stop named after us! The nearest tram stop to City campus is Granville Road/The Sheffield College.

      Trams heading towards Halfway (Blue Line) stop right outside the college, whilst those coming from the opposite direction (heading towards Malin Bridge) stop just across the road.

      The Supertram website has more detailed information about times and fares.

      By Bus

      Again, being so close to the city centre you’re spoilt for choice when it comes to bus travel to college. The central bus terminal is only a 10 minute walk, and the 120 bus travelling to Crystal Peaks stops just two minutes away.

      You can check out the Travel South Yorkshire website for timetables, fares and bus passes.

      If you are a student you may be entitled to cheap bus/tram travel within Sheffield. Check out our Travel page for further details. 

      By Scooter/Motorcycle/Bike

      City Campus had parking available for both scooters and motorcycles, as well as secure bike storage. Please speak to Student Services to register and gain access to the cycle storage.


      For accessibility information please see the Disabled Go website here.