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Animal Management Technical Baccalaureate at Reaseheath College

Course description

The Technical Baccalaureate is a government backed programme that is designed for talented individuals who wish to pursue a career within the field of animal care.

The ‘TechBacc’ enables you to study a Level 3 Extended Diploma in Animal Management alongside a Level 3 Maths qualification and extended industry project. In addition you will also complete a work placement with an employer in your vocational area of interest.

The course is designed for students who can demonstrate academic ability and a passion for the animal industry, and will provide a challenging and exciting opportunity to study this discipline at level 3.

The Tech Bacc provides an excellent foundation for progression onto specialist courses at university as it is equivalent to 4.5 A-Levels but can also provide a direct pathway into employment within the animal care industry or onto Higher Apprenticeships.

You will gain:

  • Level 3 Extended Diploma in Animal Management
  • Level 3 Core Maths
  • Level 3 Extended Project qualification

Successful completion of these 3 elements will result in the awarding of the Technical Baccalaureate performance measure

Course content

Year 1

  • Understand and promote animal health
  • Principles of animal biology
  • Understand animal anatomy and physiology
  • Animal handling and safe working
  • Principles of animal nutrition
  • Understand and interpret animal behaviour and communication
  • Level 3 Core Maths
  • Undertake an extended project

You will also have the opportunity to undertake additional qualifications that support industry skills development.

Year 2

  • Breed development and welfare
  • Wildlife rehabilitation
  • Fundamentals of science
  • Inheritance of genetics and manipulation
  • Zoo health
  • Breeding and genetics
  • Level 3 Core Maths
  • Undertake an extended project

You will also have the opportunity to undertake additional qualifications that support industry skills development.

You will also complete an industry based placement and be assigned an ‘Industry Mentor’ who will provide 1:1 support and guidance during your course programme.

This will help you to develop the knowledge, experience and skills that will best prepare you for a career in the animal management industry.

Entry requirements

  • 5 GCSEs at grades A – C or above to include English, Maths and Science at grade B, or
  • Relevant Level 2 Diploma at Merit or above with GCSE grade B in Maths and English. Those with other level 2 qualifications will be considered on a case by case basis

Future opportunities

Course options after this programme

  • You may progress into Higher Education, gain employment within the animal care industry or start a Higher Apprenticeship

Higher Education course options

  • Animal behaviour
  • Zoology
  • Applied behaviour and training
  • Animal science and business
  • Animal biology and conservation
  • Wildlife and conservation

Career options

  • Lecturing
  • Research and laboratory work
  • Senior management positions at zoo’s
  • Environmental consultancy
  • Ecologist
  • Government advisory positions
  • Ornithologist
  • Assistance dog trainer
  • Ecologist
  • Veterinary physiotherapist
  • Environmental consultant
  • Research scientist
  • Palaeontologist
  • Pet behaviour counsellor

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 13 September 2016

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    • You will be studying in the beautiful, rural setting of Cheshire, one mile from the market town of Nantwich with good connections to Manchester, Birmingham, Liverpool and Chester. 

      The Reaseheath campus itself is small enough to retain its friendly, family atmosphere, but large enough for you to be able to mix with lots of groups of students. 

      Our front lawn is great to sit out on during the summer and the College lake has much wildlife to watch. 

      Over the past few years we have invested over £50 million in our campus to give you the best possible environment for learning. 

      A further £30 million investment is planned for the campus including a £6 million advanced agricultural technology and engineering facility, new halls of residence and new sporting facilities.