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Animal Management 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

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 indicators 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.
  • 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. 
  • 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.
  • Zoo Health & Husbandry - The learner will be able to investigate the husbandry and health of animals kept in Zoological and Safari Parks. This will involve an appreciation of the features which are appropriate in housing and enclosures.
  • Aquatics - The aim of this unit is to develop learner skills and knowledge of aquatics to improve welfare of
    aquatics animals in captivity. This will be achieved by looking at the biology of aquatic creatures, feeding methods and foods, maintenance of aquatic systems and recognition of diseases and health.
  • 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.

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.
  • Dog Grooming - The learner will be able to show skill by assessing dogs for coat type, grooming styling requirements, condition and demonstrate safe and effective routines for health checks, grooming, bathing, drying, and ear and nail care. The learner will also will be able to clearly identify equipment, its uses and maintenance requirements. The learner will also be able to demonstrate the skills required to remove excess coat using clippers and other equipment and appropriately trim the paws and pads of a dog.
  • 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.
  • Kennel & Cattery Management - The learner will have knowledge of animal husbandry and specialist animal management techniques, administration procedures, how to deal with an emergency and kennel and cattery design.
  • Pet Store Design - The learner will be able to design a suitable pet store layout and discuss the husbandry requirements of animals being sold. The learner will be able to identify both livestock and non-livestock products and their sources. Marketing of pet stores will be evaluated along with the legal aspects relating to the subject area.
  • 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.
  • Retail Merchandising - The learner will develop their customer service skills. The learner will understand how items are effectively displayed, along with how they are promoted and marketed. They will consider the principles of stock control and storage.

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 Mathematicss grade C equivalent.

Entry requirements

  • 5 X GCSE's at Grade C or above, to include English Language Maths and Science.
  • From August 2017 GCSE Maths and English will be graded differently, and a Grade 5 would be required for this course.  


By continuous assessment with assignments, projects, work experience and practical work in the Animal Centre. Your programme of work may also include Functional Skills or GCSE examinations in English and Mathematics

Future opportunities


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


The course provides the opportunity for progression onto the Level 3 Extended Diploma (subject to meeting progression requirements)

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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