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Animal Management - 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 Health and Husbandry
This module will teach you to recognise the signs of good and ill health in animals and to carry out health checks on animals and produce animal health plans.

Animal Feeding and Nutrition
You’ll study the main components of an animal’s diet and understand the requirements of a balanced diet. You’ll also learn about the effects of nutritional disorders and deficiencies.

Animal Behaviour and Communication
Develop knowledge and skills to interpret animal behaviour and understand the factors which influence such behaviour.

Animal Welfare and Breeding
Gain an understanding of how animals have evolved and been bred and how they have been trained and tamed to keep as a pet or on a farm. You’ll also develop a working knowledge of animal welfare legislation.

Zoological Collections
Learn about the role of the modern zoo and the techniques used to improve the lives of zoo animals, including health and safety.  

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

Entry requirements

For 2019 entry you will need:

  • Five 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.


How you’ll be assessed

You’ll be assessed through a portfolio of evidence and external written assignments, practical assessments and 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, Twycross Zoo and Yorkshire Wildlife Park.

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

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Brackenhurst at NTU (Nottingham Trent University) directly.

Last updated date: 18 September 2018
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