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Animal Management BTEC Diploma - Extended Diploma Level 3 at PETROC

Course description

If you are serious about working with animals, this study programme will give you excellent acedemic and practical preparation to work within an animal setting. Throughout the study programme, you will have a professional tutor to help support you.

We have a range of animal care resources at Petroc. The animals and equipment develop your skills to allow you to compete in a highly competitive job market. These facilities include:

  • A tropical room, rodent room, guinea pig and rabbit room, Blue Cross rehoming cattery, aviary and an outside enclosure for our goats.

Course content

The course consists of a range of 10 specialist, theoretical and practical units each year which include animal nursing, animal health, zoo husbandry, biology, exotics and a compulsory work experience element of 150 hours per year.

Entry requirements

All entrants must hold GCSE English Language at grade 4/5 or above and preferably GCSE Maths at grade 4/5 or above, amongst the 5 GCSEs at grade C required for entry. 

Entrants not holding a grade 4 in Maths, but who have a grade 2/3, will study GCSE Maths and take the examination at the end of the year. Completing first years will not be able to automatically continue into their second year without achieving GCSE Maths at grade 4.

We ask for a minimum grade C or above in a Science subject. Ideally you will also have had prior work experience within an animal care setting.


The course is assessed via a wide range of assessment techniques, including but not limited to practical assessments, written essays, presentations, in class tests, poster presentations, discussions and 3D enclosure models. We also go on trips to enable you to carry out assessments in a variety of animal settings.

Future opportunities

The course will enable you to work within an animal care setting or progress onto University. Previous students who have studied this qualification have gone on to gain employment in zoos, conservation organisations, kennels and catteries, animal welfare charities and animal training.

Your professional tutor will give you lots of advice and guidance on how you can progress.

Further information

Q. Will I have to handle a species I have a phobia of?
A. A phobia is a very personal thing. You will not be made to handle a species, but you will be encouraged and supported to overcome your phobia at your pace. 

Q. Will I need any work experience to get a place on the course?
A. All applications are considered on an individual basis, but work experience with animals is often asked for. Even if you have kept your own pets, this can be very different to working in the animal industry. This also enables you to make an informed decision about your future career aims.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 17 February 2017

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