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Animal Management Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma at Northumberland College

Course description

The course is for students who have achieved average grades in their GCSEs particularly in Science, Maths and English and who have a dedicated interest in the care and welfare of animals. Over the two years the course is equivalent to two A Levels and is ideal for those wishing to gain employment within the Animal Management sector or entry into Higher Education at Kirkley Hall or higher education providers.

Course content

You will cover a variety of exciting units including: - Animal Health - Animal Biology - Management of Exotics - Animal Welfare and Breed Development - Animal Handling - Animal Feeding and Accommodation. You will be expected to complete one day every three weeks of engaging industrial experience at the expanding College zoo, this can be included within the total of 150 hours of actual work experience each year needed for the course, some of which can be carried out on an external placement.

Entry requirements

The recommended entry requirements are: A level 2 Diploma in Animal Care or 4 GCSEs grade C or above to include English, Maths and Science.


Your progress will be assessed by a range of stimulating methods including written assignments, practical assessments/ observations, presentations, group work and identification tests.

Future opportunities

After completing the course you could study a HND/Foundation Degree at Kirkley Hall or progress onto University to study BSc (Hons) in Zoology/Animal Behaviour/Conservation/Animal Science/ Animal Management for example.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 17 May 2016

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    • Kirkley Hall is a stunning rural campus and a great environment to study in with specialist resources to meet the needs of our students. Combine this with our team of experience and highly skilled staff and you will see that a successful future will be yours.

      The college campus in Ponteland is approximately 8 miles from Newcastle city centre and is easily accessible by bus or car, so you can enjoy the best of city and rural life.

      You will benefit from excellent facilities that are of industry standard so you'll be prepared for your future career. Facilities include:

      • A 17th century rural estate with and grade II listed Kirkley Hall
      • An equestrian centre with indoor and outdoor riding arenas, 25 horse stable yard and specialist equine facilities
      • Kirkley Hall Zoological Gardens with over 120 species
      • A veterinary centre and grooming parlour
      • An outdoor activity centre with high ropes and zip wire and sailing base at Blyth
      • Two farms; one at Kirkley and one in the Coquet Valley
      • Victorian walled gardens, over 1,330m2 of greenhouses and a garden design studio
      • Cyber Café
      • A Learning Resource Centre devoted to the land-based sector which includes a range of learning materials, an IT suite and quiet study areas
      • Halls of residence facilities