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Animal Management - City and Guilds Advanced Technical Diploma (1080) at Myerscough College

Course description

The Level 3 City and Guilds Advanced Technical Diploma (1080) qualification is a popular option for school leavers, young adults and successful Level 2 Certificatea students. This two-year 18-unit course is equivalent to three A Levels and is designed for students who wish to develop a comprehensive overview of animal management, encompassing practical techniques and technical skills.
The units studied have a strong academic focus - requiring dedication and hard work - whilst still delivering a range of important practical skills. Students enjoy the wide variety of subjects that are covered, with the course having been designed to develop and build knowledge and skills throughout the two-year period.

Course content

The course incorporates all 12 units from the two-year Level 3 Advanced Technical Diploma (720) (listed separately), with students on the 1080 Diploma studying an extra 3 units each year. Additional units include wildlife management and rehabilitation, pet store management,animal anatomy and physiology (the structure and function ofbiological systems, animal reproduction, neural and hormonal mechanisms) and animal nutrition (feeding, metabolism, digestion and common nutritional disorders). 
At the Preston centre there will be the opportunity to choose a specific pathway to study. Those students with an interest in domestic species can focus on dogs and cats, with the opportunity to study kennel and cattery management, animal
training and dog grooming. Those with an interest in more unusual species can study on the route that mainly focuses on exotic animal health and husbandry, zoo animal health and husbandry and wildlife and rehabilitation. A ‘science’ option is
also available, focusing on microbiology, science fundamentals and animal inheritance and genetics.
Students on the City and Guilds Advanced Technical Diploma (1080) also undertake a work experience placement. It is imperative that they find a suitable work placement before they start the course. Popular options include veterinary practices, boarding kennels, pet shops orgrooming parlours. Further information about placements will be provided following your application.
In addition to obtaining the City and Guilds Advanced Technical Diploma (1080) qualification, students also undertake the ABC Level 2 Certificate in Practical Animal Care Skills.

Entry requirements

5 GCSEs at Grade 4 (C) or above including Maths and English Language (plus any course specific subjects listed on the relevant fact sheet), or an Intermediate Level course (e.g. Level 2 Certficate at Distinction including at least one Functional Skill at Level 2), or equivalent qualifications.


A wide range of assessment methods are used during the course, to enable all students the opportunity to maximise their success.

Future opportunities

The Level 3 City and Guilds Advanced Technical Diploma (1080) prepares students for a wide range of career opportunities in the industry. It is also a perfect foundation for students wishing to progress to Higher Education - offering up to 168 UCAS Tariff points towards entrance on a wide range of degree courses here at Myerscough or at other universities and colleges.
Many students progress to Myerscough College’s Foundation Degree in Welfare of Animals, the BSc (Hons) in Animal Behaviour and Welfare or degree courses in
Equine Science or Veterinary Nursing.

Further information

A very strong interest and commitment to animal care and welfare must be
demonstrated. Students are expected to have completed a minimum of two-weeks work experience in the animal care industry and produce a satisfactory reference.
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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 October 2017
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