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Animal Management Level 3 Diploma at Cirencester College

Course description

This exciting and active course will give you the opportunity to work with and study a variety of animals in both practical and classroom settings. You will have access to reptiles, fish, invertebrates, rodents, birds, farm animals, horses and domestic pets, all of which are either resident on the college site or at our local yard. You will also be able to study exotic species through our excellent links with local wildlife centres and zoos. The course is of a highly practical nature, the emphasis on enabling students to gain as much hands-on experience as possible; students are responsible for the day-to-day requirements of all our animals on site.

The study pattern for this course is highly flexible being offered as an Extended Diploma, Diploma and Subsidiary Diploma. We are the only College within the area offering Animal Management as a Subsidiary Diploma and this is an attractive option to many students, particularly potential vets when studied alongside A level Chemistry, Biology and Maths as the specific experience gained from the course is highly desirable to Universities.

Course content

Understand and Promote Animal Health

Animal Anatomy and Physiology

Animal Handling and Safe Working

Animal Feeding

Animal Accommodation

Undertake and Review Work Related Experience in the Land-based Industries


Undertake an Investigative
Project in the Land-based Sector


Optional units
A selection will be chosen to complete the necessary number of units (May be subject to change)


Principles of Zoological Animal Health and Husbandry


Dog Grooming

Practice of Exotic Animal Health and Husbandry

Animal Behaviour and Communication

Animal Nursing

Chemistry for Biological and Medical Science

Animal Training

Fundamentals of Science

Kennel and Cattery Management

Estate Skills

Pet Store Design and Animal Management


Assessment methods include coursework, a portfolio of evidence, observation exercises and presentations.

Future opportunities

The studying of animal-related subjects in higher education at university is a popular option among our own students. Degrees may vary from examples such as:

  • Animal Psychology
  • Zoology
  • Veterinary Medicine / Nursing
  • Wildlife and Ecology
  • Animal Behaviour and Welfare
  • Animal Biology

A great number of students have gone on to work within the industry, for example, one of our students secured an apprenticeship with Twycross Zoo after completion of the course.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 27 January 2017
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