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Animal Management (Science and Behavior) Level 3 Extended Diploma at Warwickshire College Group

Course description

This two year course is designed for people who are interested in a career in the animal welfare sector or who may wish to progress onto Higher Education.

Course content

Year 1 modules:

  • Animal Health - The learner will be able to recognise the signs of good and ill health in animals and evaluate these as indictors of health status. The learner will carry out health checks on animals and produce animal health plans. The structure and role of pathogenic organisms will be examined and prevention and treatment of a range of diseases and disorders covered. The learner will be able to carry out routine and non-routine treatments for animals.
  • Accommodation & Feeding - The learner will be able to plan and select suitable accommodation for animals. They will be able to prepare animal housing and maintain it in a suitable condition. The learner
    will evaluate animal accommodation, report the findings and make recommendations. The learner will be able to describe the requirements for a balanced animal diet. The learner will be able to provide the appropriate food to animals and monitor and record the effects of feeding and watering animals.  The learner will be able to understand the effects of different feeding and watering regimes for animals.
  • Animal Biology - The aim of this unit is to develop the learner’s knowledge and understanding of the structure and function of cells and tissues and their relationship with body systems. This will be developed through an understanding of the structure and function of skeletal systems and sensory organs and how these have been adapted to meet the needs of animals living in different environments.
  • Animal Handling - The learner will gain an understanding of the health and safety implications of handling, restraining and moving animals. The learner will display how to handle and restrain a number of animals.  The learner will also carry out practical animal grooming for different animals.
  • Animal Behaviour - The aim of this unit is to provide the learner with the knowledge and skills to understand the principles of animal behaviour and communication. The learner will develop skills to interpret animal behaviour and understand the factors which influence such behaviour.
  • Business Management - The learner will look at the business, the role and responsibilities of those employed in land-based businesses and resource requirements. They will develop their skills in business operations and produce a business plan.
  • Welfare and Breed Development - The aim of this unit is to provide learners with knowledge of evolution, how animals evolved and the processes of domestication. Learners will investigate the uses of animals in human society and the welfare issues that can arise from this. The learner will have a working knowledge of the current United Kingdom animal welfare legislation and the organisations that aim to promote animal welfare.
  • Fundamentals of Science - The aim of this unit is to enable learners to develop the practical techniques necessary to pursue a potential career in science. Learners will investigate the quantities necessary in chemical reactions, structure and functions of cells, calorific value of different fuels and develop skills in communicating scientific information.
  • Livestock - The aim of this unit is to develop the learner’s knowledge and skills required for the successful
    care and management of farm livestock. The learner will be able to handle farm livestock in order to carry out specific husbandry techniques. The learner will understand the accommodation and environmental requirements of farm livestock and how to prepare suitable rations according to need.

Successful completion of the 90 credit diploma provides the opportunity for progression onto the Level 3 Extended Diploma, subject to meeting all progression criteria.

Year 2 modules:

  • Anatomy & Physiology - The aim of this unit is to develop the learner’s knowledge and understanding of the structure and function of the main body systems in animals. The learner will also know about the reproductive processes and the role of hormones. Neural and hormonal control mechanisms will also be
    investigated. The learner will develop an understanding of how the body systems and structures of animals have adapted to meet the needs of different environments.
  • Work Experience - The aim of this unit is to give learners the skills needed to identify, participate in and review work experience in the environmental and land-based sector.
  • Investigative Project - The learner will develop project knowledge and skills by investigating a chosen topic area through a project. They will explore topic areas that interest them and select one topic for their investigative project. They will plan and carry out their investigative project working to meet deadlines and monitoring performance. The learner will prepare an evaluative report looking at how the project performed, if the schedule plan met the project aims and objectives and how improvements could be made in the future.
  • Exotics - The unit will provide learners with an understanding of the husbandry and management of exotic animals in captivity. It covers health, welfare, handling, restraint, nutrition and feeding. It is anticipated that on completion of the unit, learners could progress to more advanced study in the subject.
  • Animal Breeding & Genetics - The aim of this unit is to develop the learner’s knowledge and skills required for the successful breeding of animals. The learner will understand how characteristics are inherited and how genes can interact with each other. Learners will know how to manage and care for both
    breeding stock and young stock and the problems that might arise. They will also have an understanding of the advances in reproductive technology and how they can be utilised by the animal breeder.
  • Animal Nutrition - The learner will be able to describe the main components of an animal’s diet and
    understand the requirements of a balanced diet. The learner will be able to explain how specialist feeders obtain their nutrition. The learner will be able to describe the effects of nutritional disorders and deficiencies.
  • Animal Training - The learner will be able to combine knowledge of animal learning and behaviour to assess an animal’s suitability for training, design a suitable training programme, select appropriate training aids and then train an animal to achieve a desired result. The learner will then be able to assess the training programme and modify it to improve future results.
  • Biochemistry & Microbiology - Learners will explore key processes that underpin life and investigate the lifecycle, hazards and benefits of a range of microorganisms.
  • Wildlife Populations and Ecology - The unit aims to enable the learner to be able to identify and conduct surveys of wildlife habitats and ecosystems. It will consider fluctuations in ecosystems and the reasons for these fluctuations, both natural and human influenced.  Learners will also understand the wildlife populations within ecosystems, the interactions between these and the conservation strategies used to preserve ecosystems.

All students receive full tutorial support, individual and group tutorials each week. If you require special support you can receive such help through our Learning Support Centre, which provides academic coaching for those who need it.

The completion of Functional Skills or GCSE is a compulsory part of the course for those learners who do
not have GCSE English and Maths grade C equivalent.

Entry requirements

You can apply on line by visiting The College will then arrange for you to come for an interview - please bring your Record of Achievement with you and your latest school report. You will be told in writing if you have a place.


By continuous assessment with assignments, projects and practical work in the Animal Centre.

Future opportunities


Successful completion of the course could lead to employment including zoo-keeping, animal sanctuaries, pet shops,
police, RSPCA inspector, RSPB, animal technician, Blue Cross or PDSA.


Students may be eligible for progression onto Higher Education courses, eg. Biology, Zoology, Animal Behaviour, Conservation, Veterinary Nursing.  Progression is available onto Warwickshire College courses: BSc (Hons) Animal Science, BSc (Hons) Animal Management, BSc (Hons) Animal Behaviour & Training; BSc (Hons) Veterinary Nursing; FdSc Animal Science, FdSc Animal Management, FdSc Animal Behaviour & Training; FdSc Veterinary Nursing, HND Animal Management.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Warwickshire College Group directly.

Last updated date: 19 January 2017
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