Accessibility links

Animal Management City & Guilds (NPTC) Subsidiary Diploma Level 3 (Newquay) at Cornwall College

Course description

The course is for those who have a genuine commitment to work with and study animals. Students get first-hand experience of handling and observing animals in captivity and natural habitats. You need to be enthusiastic and committed to hard work, especially during the less glamorous aspects of the course.

Course content

Cornwall College Newquay has formed an exciting partnership with Newquay Zoo and Blue Reef Aquarium to offer animal related courses, which combine excellent academic teaching and vocational training. The course reflects the balance of skills and knowledge needed to perform well in both scientific and animal management environments. Theory and practice are integrated to ensure that this qualification supports career prospects and educational progression.

The course comprises of 6 units covering both Animal Science and Animal Management topics. In addition to the City and Guilds qualification, all students will follow a programme which develops and assesses functional skills, such as numeracy and IT, required in all types of employment.

The emphasis of the course will be on the study of exotic animals, animal collections and wild animals. A primary aim is to give students first-hand experience of handling and observing animals in captivity and in natural habitats.

Entry requirements

You will normally need one of the following qualifications: 3 GCSEs at Grade C or above to include two from English, maths and science. Mature students are welcome without formal qualifications as long as they have appropriate knowledge or experience, gained in employment or in a science related environment. Applicants for places on the course will be selected on the basis of their qualifications, experience and their potential to contribute to and successfully complete the programme. All applicants will need an academic or suitable employer's reference.

Future opportunities

This qualification can be used to gain entry to the City and Guilds Diploma, or to help gain employment in an animal related job. The Diploma is the equivalent of two A-levels and can provide an entry route to Higher Education.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 27 May 2015
Provider logo

Key information


  • More information
    • We are a small and friendly campus located in the heart of the bright and bustling town of Newquay.

      Specialising in animal, marine and surf science studies we have a reputation for being environmentally friendly and offering individual support in all aspects of study.

      We have a classroom at neighbouring Newquay Zoo and at Blue Reef Aquarium on Towan beach. These partnerships give you the chance to gain valuable work experience. We also have two classrooms on Tolcarne Beach, ideally situated for surf science and marine studies.

      Newquay is one of the ‘go-to’ places in Cornwall. It’s busy all year with locals, students and visitors, offers picturesque beaches, a bustling town centre and is a surfer’s paradise. Boardmasters, Europe’s only surf, skate and music festival, takes place there annually.