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Animal Management: Level 3 Extended Diploma at NESCOT

Course description

This work-related programme will cover the knowledge and technical skills that you will need to progress into Higher Education or to gain employment within the animal care industry.

Course content

This Extended Diploma challenges you with a combination of practical and theory sessions. Theory sessions in this course include animal behaviour, wildlife rehabilitation, ecology, animal welfare and animal science. Practical work takes place at the college's Animal Studies Unit, where you will develop skills in moving and handling a range of small and large animals. This course forms part of a programme study which will be tailored individually to boost your employability and which will include Maths and English

The course is made up of a selection of different modules. You will study these modules over the two years and put the skills you learn to use by accumulating 300 hours of work experience.


Animal Anatomy & Physiology
Investigative Project
Work Experience
Biochemistry & Microbiology
Exotic Health and Husbandry
Environmental Interpretation 
Zoological Health
Ecology and Conservation
Animal Nursing
Animal Biology
Animal Nutrition
Farm Livestock Management
Wildlife Rehabilitation
Animal Health
Animal Feeding
Animal Accommodation
Animal Handling and Safe Working
Animal Welfare and Breed Development
Kennel & Cattery Management

Entry requirements

4 GCSEs at C or above including science, English and maths.  Alternatively, Level 2 in Animal Care with one GCSE C grade, and English and maths;  distinction grade for a Level 2 science unit and a satisfactory reference of attendance, behaviour and ability to meet deadlines.

Future opportunities

This course will give you suitable knowledge to enable you to progress on to a Degree course. Successful students have gone on to zoology, animal behaviour and animal health degrees. Some students have found work within animal welfare charities, zoos and veterinary surgeries.

Potential career routes in the Animal Studies industry:

  • Catteries
  • City farms
  • Conservation
  • Dog groomer
  • Kennels
  • Pet shops
  • Quarantine work
  • Rescue centres
  • Stables
  • Teaching
  • Uniformed services
  • Veterinary nurse
  • Zoos

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 26 August 2016
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      Nescot is located just off the A240 (Reigate Road), close to the junction with the A24 (Ewell Bypass).  The College is just five miles inside the M25 (Junction 9).
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