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Animal Management Level 3 Extended Diploma

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Key information

Qualification type


Course code


Career Pathway

Animal management


Level 3


1 year


Broughton Road,
Banbury, OX16 9QA

Start date

Sep 2021

If you are a self-confessed 'animal person', a career in animal management might be perfect for you.

Did you know 47% of the UK's population has a pet, meaning there are over 24 million pets in the UK? With a qualification in animal management, you will be spoilt for choice when considering your next steps!

New for 2019, our animal management programme offers exciting and rewarding opportunities to work directly with animals, based at our brand new animal management centre in Banbury. 

This course is designed for school leavers and is an ideal qualification for those intending to progress directly to employment in animal care and management and associated industries.

You will gain a nationally-recognised Level 3 vocational qualification to enter employment or progress to further education or training.

As well as your main vocational course, you will also be expected to undertake work experience with employers in the industry.

This programme can lead to a wide variety of university courses such as:

  • animal behaviour
  • animal science
  • companion behaviour
  • wildlife rehabilitation
  • zoo management

Graduates from the course can enter professions such as:

  • animal welfare officers
  • veterinary nurses
  • wildlife officers
  • zoo keepers

What I'll learn

You will learn a range of different skills including:

  • assessing animals health
  • maintaining safe environments
  • managing animal accommodation
  • monitoring feeding

Throughout the course, you will be expected to care for our range of animals in our Animal Management centre in Banbury College.


How I'll learn

You will assist with the movement and handling of animals and develop your confidence and abilities to work with and care for animals.

You'll care for fish and aquatic environments as well as prepare, clean and maintain animal accommodation. 


Entry Requirements

Five GCSEs at grade 4 or above, including English and Maths.

Learners who want to go on to University will also need a GCSE pass in a science.

Learners will be expected to work within our Animal Management centre during their course, working with a wide variety of different mammals, birds, fish and reptiles.

Learners will be expected to wear appropriate clothing and footwear when caring for animals.


How to Apply

You can apply for this programme online. Click on APPLY NOW and follow the steps below:

  • Register for our online service and verify your account
  • Log in to our website and click APPLY NOW on your chosen programme’s page to complete your application

As part of your application, you will be asked to provide us with your contact details, how your chosen programme fits with your future plans and if you require any extra support (for example, because of a disability, medical condition, learning or language support needs).
Please include full details of your qualifications from your own country, as well as details of any English Language tests you have taken.

Printed application forms are also available.

Please contact our Careers team if you need advice and guidance to help you choose the right programme for you.