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City & Guilds Level 3 Certificate / Subsidiary Diploma in Animal Management at Coleg Sir Gar

Course description

  • The animal unit encompasses a specialist aquatics room housing a range of tropical and coldwater aquatic species, an exotics unit housing a broad range of reptile, amphibian and invertebrate species, a small mammal room housing both domesticated and exotic mammal species, and an aviary housing a number of bird species, rabbits and guinea pigs.
  • Field trips and visits are sometimes arranged as part of the course and relate directly to the assignments and research that needs to be undertaken by the students in order to achieve certain units.
  • Students have access to both rescue and breeding dogs at Cenninpedr Kennels / Great Dane Care charity.
  • The Pibwrlwyd campus also includes a number of wildlife habitats for students to study including an area of untouched woodland, the river Nant Pibwr, a wildlife pond, hedgerows and grassland.
  • Students may need to record observations of animal behaviour when monitoring livestock or conducting wildlife population monitoring, and habitat surveys; it is recommended that the students have their own camera for visits and practical sessions in order to collect evidence for their assignments / portfolios.
  • Students are continuously assessed using a variety of assessment methods.
  • Learning support is provided by the Study Support Centre as required.
  • Elected student representatives put forward the views of the class and discuss matters relating to the course during regular course team meetings. Meetings are held each term between staff and students reps.

Course content

The City & Guilds (C&G) / National Proficiency Test Council (NPTC) Level 3 Certificate / Subsidiary Diploma in Animal Management are Level three qualifications which are recognised as equivalent to A-level standard and encompass both practical and academic study. The level three Certificate / Subsidiary Diploma is delivered over one year, full time. Students are involved in the study, care and breeding of the animals on site as well as having the opportunity to study animals at off site locations. Visits are arranged to specialist animal establishments to broaden students knowledge of the animal care industry. This qualification provides an excellent route into both employment in the industry and progression onto the Level 3 Diploma / Extended Diploma in Animal Management and higher education courses.

Entry requirements

Entry onto the Level 3 programme is dependant on a successful interview with the Animal Studies team. Applicants will normally have achieved a minimum of Merit in a Level 2 Animal Care qualification or equivalent qualifications, or a minimum of 5 GCSE's grade C and above. All successful applicants will need to pass an entry assignment before enrolment. Candidates will need good literacy skills ie. the ability to read and interpret written tasks, to write answers and complete documents in a legible and understandable form and to make calculations. Candidates will also need to be able to organise written information clearly and coherently. Potential students, if offered a place on the course, will need to obtain written confirmation of a work placement before they can be enrolled.


Assessment is by means of written assignments, practical assessments and presentations.

Future opportunities

This qualification is an excellent basis for progression to the Level 3 Diploma / Extended Diploma in Animal Management with further progression into higher education and to careers in all aspects of the animal care industry. Potential career routes include: kennel and cattery management, grooming, animal welfare, ecology and conservation work, animal nursing assisiants, animal charities, specialist animal breeding, animal technician, animal rescue and rehabilitation work.

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: 20 May 2014
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: Level 3 Certificate in Animal Management 1 year full time. Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma in Animal Management 1 year full time.
  • Course code: 9031
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    • Pibwrlwyd is a friendly campus in a rural setting on the outskirts of the market town of Carmarthen which is also the commercial centre for a large and thriving area. The campus is home to a wide range of curriculum that spans further and higher education. Key activities on the campus include Automotive Engineering, Business and Management, Catering and Hospitality, Equine Studies, Animal Science, and Teacher Training. All activities are well supported by resources and facilities including:

      Modern ICT equipment and laboratories
      Hairdressing and Beauty Therapy Salon (Salon Pib)
      A well-stocked Learning Centre / Library
      Merlin’s training restaurant which is open to the public and available for small meetings/seminars
      An indoor riding arena with disabled access as well as an outdoor arena
      State of the art motor vehicle workshops
      An exotic animal care centre which incorporates reptiles, fish and amphibians
      The location, facilities and staff all contribute to creating a close learning community on the campus where everyone is supportive and caring particularly towards the students’ needs.