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Animal Management BTEC National Extended Certificate at Newbury College

Course description

This qualification is primarily designed to support progression to employment. Learners completing this qualification could access entry-level roles in areas such as:

  • kennel or cattery assistant
  • animal care assistant in animal businesses, charities or wildlife trusts
  • retail assistant in pet or animal-related retail establishments
  • assistant to an animal trainer, e.g. trainer of assistance dogs for the disabled
  • animal technician in animal centres.

If this qualification is taken alongside additional Level 3 qualifications, such as a BTEC Business or Retail qualification or A Levels, learners would be prepared for a wide range of jobs, including administrative, retail and registrar roles. If this qualification is taken alongside a complementary specialist qualification, for example dog grooming, it will support entry to dog grooming assistant and trainee roles.The Level 3 will also allow access to university qualifications. Personal Protective Equipment is ordered for each student costing up to £ 30.



The content of this qualification has been developed in consultation with employers and professional bodies to ensure that the objective of the qualification is appropriate for learners interested in working in the sector. Higher education representatives have also been involved to ensure it supports progression to higher study. All the content of the qualification is mandatory, learners will study the following units:

  • Unit 3: Animal Welfare and Ethics
  • Unit 4: Practical Animal Husbandry
  • Unit 5: Animal Behaviour
  • Unit 6: Animal Health and Diseases
  • Unit 7: Work Experience in the Animal Sector.

Learners taking this qualification will be required to engage with sector employers as part of their course, including 75 hours of work experience with an employer in the sector. This gives learners the opportunity to develop practical skills in preparation for employment.


Assessments are a combination of coursework, exams and practicals with a range of animals.

Future opportunities

All learners will have the opportunity to progress onto the BTEC National Foundation Diploma in Animal Management.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 03 May 2016

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