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Level 3 Diploma in Animal Management at The College of Animal Welfare

Course description

This is a two year, full time, course run at our Huntingdon centre. Awarded by City & Guilds, it is ideal for those looking to begin a career working with animals or those looking to undertake a more advanced animal care qualification.

"This course is FABULOUS! It gives you a great opportunity to get experience within the animal industry and provides you with a great deal of knowledge. The staff here are all really friendly and you can have a great laugh with them as well as support and guidance. We would strongly recommend to people who want to work within the animal industry to take this course as it gives you a great start to a further career." Rosie Boyle, Lauren Roberts, Daisy Hart & Daisy Gooderham - Level 3 Extended Diploma in Animal Management.

Course content

This course is taught in an applied manner; you will spend a considerable amount of time on work placement which provides valuable practical skills that employers will value. The remaining time will be spent in the classroom studying the principles and practices of animal welfare and management in the classroom. Units are subject to change but are expected to include:

  • Animal biology and science
  • Animal behaviour
  • Animal feeding and nutrition
  • Animal accommodation
  • Animal health and welfare
  • Health and safety
  • Animal nursing

Further specialist subjects are offered for the Extended Diploma in Year Two.

You will also have the opportunity to study Functional Skills in English, Maths and ICT.

Entry requirements

You must have a minimum of five GCSEs at grade C or above (including Maths and English), or a level 2 animal related qualification. You should have a sound level of numeracy and literacy skills which will be assessed at interview.

You must also have completed at least one week of animal-related work experience prior to commencing the course.

Practical experience in work placements is a vital part of this programme. We work with you to try and source placements that are as close to College or your home as possible, however you must be able to make your own way to these placements.

Those students who do not meet the academic entry requirements but can demonstrate a high level of commitment to the course, or have alternative qualifications, are invited to apply and will be assessed on an individual basis.


You will undertake written and practical assignments.

Financial information

Please see our website for details.

Future opportunities

Students achieving the Level 3 Extended Diploma in Animal Management will be adequately prepared for working to a high standard and may find work in many areas of animal care e.g. wildlife organisations, boarding kennels, veterinary practices or zoos.

"I am now in my second year at The College of Animal Welfare; I am really enjoying College and find the tutors helpful, encouraging and supportive. I have learnt so many new things since I have been here and I have really enjoyed the work experience too" Kiri Vincent - Level 3 Extended Diploma in Animal Management.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The College of Animal Welfare directly.

Last updated date: 29 September 2014
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    • Our Huntingdon Campus has great transport links for students who are coming by bus or train as it is within walking distance of both the bus and train station. For those travelling by car, main road access is excellent; being only half a mile away from the A14, a few miles from the A1 and just a few minutes away from Huntingdon town centre.

      The College features a practical skills room to enable students to practice their clinical skills, a fully-equipped library including IT access and wireless internet, parking, a state-of-the-art grooming suite, modern lecture rooms and relaxation areas.