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Animal Management- Level 2 Technical Diploma - Plumpton at Plumpton College

Course description

Do you love animals? Are you looking to work with them in a cattery, kennel, pet shop or rescue centre?

If you’re leaving school or college, we’ve got a fantastic course for you at Plumpton where you’ll learn about household pets, exotics and large animals.

You can look forward to loads of practical hands-on experience with our different animals here on-site, plus learning all the theory you’ll need to be successful in your future role.

This course is designed to give you some experience of animal care, working with household pets, exotics, and large animals. You will spend one day a week on work experience, with three or four days at College divided between practical and theory sessions.

The course is ideal for those wishing to develop a career in kennels, catteries, pet shops and rescue centres, or to progress onto the Subsidiary Diploma or Extended Diploma in Animal Management for those with Distinction grades.

Course content

Indicative Programme Content

You can look forward to a varied programme of modules that also includes a work placement. You’ll also continue your English and Maths up to GCSE level. Modules include:

  • Maintaining animal accommodation
  • Practical animal feeding
  • Conservation and improvement of British habitats
  • Animal health and welfare
  • Basic principles of animal biology
  • Work experience in the animal care industry
  • Nursing of animals
  • Employment Skills
  • English & Maths GCSEs and Functional Skills are also delivered and assessed throughout the programme

Entry requirements


  • You’ll need to have achieved 3 GCSEs between Grade A-D (new grades 9-3)
  • Successful completion of a Level 1 course in another area, having studied English and Maths at GCSE
  • Mature students without the above requirements will be considered

Financial information

Tuition Fee:

  • 16-18 exempt

Assessment Fee:

  • 16-18 exempt

Facility Fee:

  • Cost for day students- £120 per year
  • Cost for residential students- £200 per year

The facility fee is applicable to all our full time FE students and this is paid annually before you arrive for your enrolment and induction. This fee assists in providing non-educational facilities which include security, sports amenities, membership of the Sports and Social Club, minibuses, Wi Fi access, television room, on-site medical support and free car parking subject to availability.

For students ages 19 plus please contact Admissions for further fee information:

01273 892082

Future opportunities

Future Opportunities

Following satisfactory completion of the programme, at Distinction Level students may progress to the following programme:

  • BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Animal Management (2 years) (180 credits)
  • BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma in Animal Management (60 credits)

Alternatively, students might gain employment in areas such as:

  • Kennels
  • Catteries
  • Rescue Centres
  • Pet Shops
  • Zoos

Further information

Course duration is 4 days per week for 1 year. An additional day for English and Maths may be required.



You’ve got a fantastic animal management unit to discover here at Plumpton where you’ll be able to experience the latest technology and equipment. Each of the different animals requires a certain level of care so you’ll be able to experience managing different environments.

  • All types of animal care management

We cater for an extensive range of animals: from amphibians to birds, fish to livestock, mammals to reptiles.

  • Extensive farming facilities for you to discover

You’ll be able to develop invaluable practical handling skills at our Plumpton College farm site which manages a huge range of livestock. 

  • The perfect learning environment for your studies

We’ve got great facilities for you to work in and develop your practical skills no matter what course you’re studying.

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: 17 November 2017
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    • The main Plumpton College site is located at the foot of the picturesque South Downs National Park. Six miles from Lewes, the County Town of East Sussex.

      The College specialises in providing a wide range of land-based courses in partnership with schools, for those in further education and for those in higher education. The College degree courses are validated by the University of Brighton.

      The range of courses cover all land-based provision including Agriculture, Horticulture, Floristry, Equine, Agricultural and Horticultural Machinery, Metalsmithing, Animal Care, Countryside Management, Forestry and Arboriculture, Sports (Outdoor Adventure) and Wine and Viticulture.