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Animal Management BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma at South Downs College

Course description

The course is intended to provide you with an educational foundation to pursue a career relating to the care and management of animals, their environments and related industries.

Course content

Your course consists of a number of units which add up to a total of 180 credits.

Units studied in Year 1:
– Animal Nursing(Unit 11)
– Animal Nutrition (Unit 10)
– Industry (Unit 8)
– Animal Health (Unit 1)
– Animal Behaviour (Unit 13)
– Exotics (Unit 18)
– Practical Animal Handling & Management (Units 4, 5 and 6)
– Animal Unit Duties (supporting Units 4, 5 and 6)
– Fundamentals of Science (Unit 26)
– Animal Welfare and Breed Development (Unit 14)

You will also have an ‘Introduction to Animal Science’ lesson, Tutorial and a workshop lesson designed to support you in completing your assignments and developing skills such as writing bibliographies.

For each unit you must submit a number of assignments and gain at least a Pass in them all. You will be given an overall grade for each unit based on the individual assignment grades. To gain an overall Merit or Distinction for a unit you need to gain all Merit or all Distinction grades for that unit.

In Year 2 you will study:
– Industry Continued
– Project (Unit 7)
– Business Management (Unit 9)
— Microbiology and Biochemistry (Unit 16)
– Ecology (Unit 19)
– Animal Science (Units 2 and 3)
– Wildlife Rehabilitation (Unit 20)
– Breeding (Unit 32)

You will continue to have tutorial and workshop lessons.
The grades you get for each unit will be converted into points and the total points will determine your final grade.

Your skills in English, Maths and Information Communication Technology will be developed throughout your course.

You will work with animals on and off site and will undertake three weeks’ work experience in each year.

Entry requirements

A minimum of five GCSEs at grades A*-C, including English Language and usually Mathematics.


There is particular emphasis on developing your practical handling skills, communication, IT and study skills. Performance in laboratory skills and the ability to work safely are also assessed.

You will be assessed using discussions, presentations, role play, essays and scientific reports. Each assignment is graded at Pass, Merit or Distinction.

You will receive a grade for each unit and three final overall grades at the end of the course.

Financial information

Additional costs – There are several visits over the two years to animal collections, shows and conservation sites. Costs will be kept to a minimum but are likely to average £10.00 to £20.00 per term. There will be optional and compulsory visits.

Future opportunities

If you are successful you will be able to move onto employment or apply for a degree or Higher National programme. The significant science content of the course will enable you to apply for a broad spectrum of higher education programmes.

Examples of courses are: Veterinary Nursing, Animal Behaviour & Welfare, Equine, Agriculture and Animal Science.

You can progress to a wide variety of undergraduate courses at university or agricultural college or join the workplace. It may be possible to apply for veterinary medicine but your best route for that remains Science A levels.

Further information

You are required to provide evidence of a Tetanus vaccination prior to embarking on practical work with animals.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 05 May 2016

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