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Animal Management Advanced (Level 3)

Animal Management class at Central Bedfordshire College (CBC).


Animal Management Advanced (Level 3)

This course focuses on animal management, conservation and covers a more in-depth knowledge of animal breeding, genetics, biology and behaviour. You will develop hands on practical work throughout the programme and develop your knowledge of the ethical, welfare, husbandry and nutritional needs of a range of different animals. This course will allow you to develop on the foundations you have already learnt and develop your knowledge and experience further.

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Entry requirements

4 GCSEs grades 9- 4 OR similar qualification at Level 2.

Assessment methods

You will be assessed through both practical and theoretical assignments throughout both years of the course as well as final year exams. Your assessments throughout this course, will keep you on track to achieve; these could include observations in your work placement, assignment tasks and a portfolio of evidence to support your learning. On top of the exams each year.

Course content

You will learn through a variety of different methods during your course to develop your skills. Your areas of study will include:

  • Animal breeding and genetics
  • Welfare and ethics
  • Practical animal husbandry
  • Animal biology,
  • Animal health and disease
  • Animal behaviour
  • Wildlife ecology and conservation
  • Zoo and Exotic animal health and husbandry

Your Study Programme includes valuable additions to help you succeed!

  • English & Maths: For all students who have not achieved a grade 4 or higher in GCSE Maths or English, we will be required to restudy and sit these exams again throughout your time with us, alongside your vocational course.
  • Personal Professional Development sessions (PPD) will teach you valuable skills that employers are looking for including communication, time management and life skills that you can take with you anywhere you go!
  • You will have a regular 1:1 appointment with highly qualified and experienced professionals who will help you to manage your workload, give you valuable feedback and ensure that you meet College expectations.
  • Careers Advice & Guidance is available throughout your time at CBC from our friendly, dedicated Advisors. They can provide you with a wide range of support including CV writing, UCAS applications, interview skills and much more.

Further study and career options

Career options:

There is an array of positions that you could go onto on completion of this course, these include:

  • Trainee kennel hand
  • Trainee Dog groomer
  • Apprentice Zookeeper
  • Farm worker
  • Trainee animal technician
  • Trainee animal assistant
  • Trainee groom (horse yard worker)
  • Pet shop assistant
  • Trainee RSPCA inspector
  • Assistant countryside ranger
  • Apprentice ecologist

Study options:

Upon completing your course, you have a great range of options available to help you continue your adventure. You may choose to continue your studies by attending university, where you could study a range of degrees including, Zoology, Veterinary science, Wildlife conservation or Animal behaviour to name a few. There are also a range of employment and apprenticeship options available to you following this course.

Additional information

Do I need to find a work placement? Do I need a DBS?

For the first year of this course, you won’t need to find a placement as we provide this for you however the second year you will have to arrange your own work placement. To arrange your placement, you will first have to contact placements within the animal sector (this could be a vet, a farm, a zoo, a dog groomers/walking service etc) and see if they take volunteers.

If they do, you will need to fill out a placement form with the employer’s details and hand it back to the college careers team. This will then be processed and a health and safety check will be carried out by the college. Once this has been complete, the student will be allowed to begin their placement. Students should give plenty of notice for this process.

What additional work outside of college will I need to do?

3 days per week, you will attend our Dunstable campus. In addition, you will also be required to complete a set number of work experience hours throughout your course. Other trips may be made available.

Available Courses
Cbc Dunstable Main Campus
Starts: 09/09/2024
Type: Full Time
Length: 35 weeks
Day(s): Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
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Additional Learning Support

If you have a specific learning difficulty or disability, are deaf or hearing impaired, our Additional Learning Support team are on hand to give you assistance whenever you need it.


Any questions?

If you would like to find out more about this or other courses, please use our Livechat below, email or call us on 0345 658 8990.


We have access arrangements in place to help students with disabilities or any other particular needs. Call us on 01234 291000 or 01536 413123 for more information.


Additional formats

Course information sheets are also available in large print and audio formats. Call us on 01234 291000 to order your copy.