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Animal Management Level 3 Extended Diploma at Berkshire College of Agriculture

Course description


BCA’s Animal Management Centre (AMC) has a reputation as one of the UK’s best college animal management facilities. We are also delighted to have been awarded with our zoo licence in 2015. The AMC has excellent industry links that provide outstanding opportunities for the development of students’ practical skills.

The AMC houses around 1,400 individual animals consisting of 140 species. The AMC comprises of five different sections to ensure that students get the best opportunity to study an array of different species, many of which are more familiar to a zoo setting.

The five sections of the animal centre are:

  • The Exotics House
  • Small Mammals and Kennels
  • Farm Livestock
  • Zoo
  • British Wildlife

Course content

The Level 3 Extended Diploma will enable you to develop useful practical skills, reinforced by the study of relevant theory modules. You will also benefit from gaining transferable skills such as team work and communication skills.

Over the two years you will complete 19 modules which will include core modules and option modules.

The first year will consist of core modules, allowing streamlined options to be undertaken in the second year with reference to your preferred career choice.

Entry requirements

Five GCSEs or equivalent at C grade or above to include maths, English and science OR Level 2 at a ‘Merit’ to include the biology module at a ‘Merit’. You will be required to undertake functional skills or GCSE resits if you have not yet achieved a C grade and this will need to be completed alongside the Level 3.

Future opportunities

Depending on grades and functional skills undertaken, this course could allow you to progress on to a Higher Education course at university, such as our Foundation Degree in Animal Behaviour which runs in conjunction with Bucks New University.

If Higher Education is not for you then after this course you would be well placed to find a job in an animal related industry which requires ‘hands-on’ practical skills, or even to undertake an Apprenticeship.

*There are options for learners to study a 1 year 60 credit subsidiary diploma or 90 credit diploma qualification.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Berkshire College of Agriculture directly.

Last updated date: 05 February 2016

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