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Animal Management with Science BTEC Diploma Level 3 at The Manchester College

Course description

If you’d like to focus more on the research-based elements of animal care and management, then this BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma could be a great place to start. You’ll spend the first year studying the Foundation Diploma in Animal Management (link to course detail), before continuing with more relevant science units for your second year. You’ll look at animal breeding and genetics, and learn all about the principles of animal nursing. You’ll be undertaking an investigative research project into a subject area of your choice, as well as studying the metabolisms of various animals and focusing on advanced nutrition. Whether you’re learning about the health and husbandry of more zoological animals or taking a closer look at wildlife ecology and conservation management, you’ll be developing all the practical skills you’ll need to continue your studies into animal science and pursue a career in this industry.

Entry requirements

As with the BTEC Level 3 in Animal Management you’ll need a minimum of 5 GCSEs at grade C or above, including English Language, Maths and Science, or a Level 2 Diploma in Animal Care with a grade of Merit or above. You’ll also need to complete a work placement in the industry before starting the course. To continue onto the second year of this course, you’ll need to successfully complete the BTEC Foundation Diploma in Animal Management, usually with a an overall grade of Merit or Distinction.


For both years of the course, there is a mixture of external written exams and internal assessments. The internal assessments will be a combination of practical assignments and written work.

Financial information

All full-time courses are free to 16-18 year olds who meet funding regulations. For further details please call the Course Enquiry Team on 03333 222 444.

Future opportunities

With this BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma, you’ll be able to apply for a number of university level degrees courses, depending on what your passions and preferred areas of study are. This could range from Biology and Ecology, to Marine Zoology and Veterinary Science. Whichever direction you choose to go in, there will be a huge range of career opportunities in the animal care industry for you to follow. (link to relevant career page). Whether you’d like to become a genetic researcher or a science teacher, a zookeeper or an RSPCA inspector, you’ll find a job you can be passionate about.

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: 10 April 2018
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      • fitness suite
      • football pitch
      • games area
      • large library resource centre (LRC)
      • SkillZone with extensive IT tools
      • art and design workshops
      • canteen and coffee bar
      • purpose built kitchen for catering courses
      • woodwork, ceramics and jewellery workshops
      • photography studios
      • salons (open to the public)
      • wildlife corridors to Wythenshawe Park
      • wildflower meadows
      • habitats for wildlife
      • birdboxes

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      Northenden is a suburb of south Manchester. There are shops, a supermarket, restaurants and takeaways 15 minutes’ walk from the campus in central Northenden. There are also a small supermarket and shops closer to the campus. Northenden is surrounded by green space. The campus is minutes away from Gib Lane Wood and Wythenshawe Park which includes a community farm. It is also close to the Mersey Valley nature reserve; a riverside walk through miles of countryside and parkland.