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Animal Management (Animal Welfare) - Level 3 Extended Diploma at Brackenhurst at NTU (Nottingham Trent University)

Course description

Learn about animal-related subjects, including biology, health, behaviour, reproduction and breeding. You’ll also develop practical skills for handling and caring, and gain the knowledge needed to start your career within the animal industry, or for further study.

Are you?

  • Passionate about animals
  • Into practical work and like being outdoors
  • Interested in handling and training animals
  • Reliable and responsible


Course content

Some of the things you’ll study:

Animal Nursing

You’ll be shown what it’s like to work as a veterinary nurse, including applying bandages and setting up an IV drip to care for a sick animal.

Wildlife and Ecology Conservation

Learn about a variety of subjects related to ecosystems and wildlife while developing the practical skills needed to measure populations and wildlife habitats.

Animal Training

Develop an understanding of how animals learn, and then apply this knowledge to develop training programmes with different animals.

Animal Welfare and Breeding

Gain an understanding of how animals have been bred and how they have been trained and tamed to keep as a pet or on a farm.

Biological Systems of Animals

Develop your knowledge of the animal body and how sensory organs and the skeleton have changed to meet the needs of animals living in different environments.

In addition you will study English and maths and complete relevant work experience.

Entry requirements

For 2018 entry you will need:

  • Four GCSEs including English language, maths and science at grade 4 / C or above.

You will also be required to attend an interview. Equivalent qualifications will be considered.


You’ll be assessed through written assignments, presentations, practical assessments, class tests and external exams.

How you’ll study

You’ll learn in our fantastic facilities and be taught by tutors who have real-life experience of working within the animal industry. You can expect the course to be split so that approximately 30% is practical work and 70% is theory work. You’ll be taught through lectures, group discussions and practical demonstrations. You’ll also get to go on trips to different locations, including Crufts Dog Show at the National Exhibition Centre, Yorkshire Wildlife Park and The Deep (Aquarium).

The course includes a work placement. This allows you to develop your skills and knowledge in the animal industry, and looks good to future employers. You can work at places like Cats Protection, Twycross Zoo, RSPCA, Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust, Stonebridge City Farm and more.

Financial information

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Future opportunities

Next steps

If you are successful and achieve the right combination of results, you’ll be able to progress on to the FdSc Animal Science, FdSc Veterinary Nursing, BSc (Hons) Animal Biology or BSc (Hons) Zoo Biology degrees right here at NTU’s Brackenhurst Campus.

Future jobs within the animal industry include:

  • animal carer
  • welfare assistant
  • industry sales person
  • veterinary nurse
  • laboratory assistant

Further information

Study an animal course at Brackenhurst and you’ll have access to some fantastic facilities. Our specially designed Animal Unit is home to over 150 animals from around 40 different species. These include small animals such as rabbits, cats, dogs, reptiles and birds, as well as larger animals like goats and donkeys. All our animal courses include hands-on, practical lessons at the unit. You’ll also help our technicians to care for the animals on a day-to-day basis.

As well as your subject-specific facilities, you’ll also find:

  • a library, including fully equipped computer rooms
  • modern classrooms and teaching areas
  • laboratories
  • our careers and employability service
  • a dining room and Costa Coffee
  • our student shop
  • a common room.

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: 05 October 2017
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