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Animal Management Advanced (Level 3)

Animal Management Advanced (Level 3)


Animal Management Extended Diploma Advanced (Level 3)

The Extended Diploma is a two-year full-time study programme that includes both animal management and science. You will study 15 units, three of which are externally assessed. The programme enables you to gain knowledge and understanding in the areas of animal management and science, alongside development of practical and technical skills.

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Course information

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Entry requirements

Duration: 2 Years:

  • 4 GCSEs at grades 9-4 including English and maths or equivalent.


  • Animal Care at Level 2.
What qualification will I gain?
  • Animal Management BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma
  • Plus English and maths qualifications if required
  • You can also gain up to 168 UCAS points
How will I be assessed?

There are a range of assessment types throughout the programme, including assignments, presentations and practical assessments. There are also externally set assessments for Animal Breeding and Genetics, and Animal Welfare and Ethics and a written examination for Animal Biology lasting 1 hour and 30 minutes.

Course content

What will I study?

The programme focuses on animal management and science and covers a wide range of topics including animal biology, breeding and genetics and animal behaviour.  There is a strong focus on ethics and welfare throughout the programme. In addition, you will develop the practical skills involved in carrying out and reporting on scientific investigations in the laboratory and undertake the study of advanced animal nutrition.

Mandatory units include:

  • Animal Breeding and Genetics
  • Animal Biology
  • Animal Welfare and Ethics
  • Practical Animal Husbandry
  • Animal Behaviour
  • Animal Health and Disease
  • Work Experience in the Animal Sector
  • Investigative Research Project
  • Practical Skills in Animal Science
  • Advanced Animal Nutrition.

You will also study a number of specialist units, which may include:

  • Exotic Animal Husbandry
  • Zoological Animal Health and Husbandry
  • Wildlife Ecology and Conservation Management.

English and maths
If you don’t already have GCSE English and maths grade 9-4, we will work with you to help you develop your maths and English skills.

Work experience
You will need to complete a period of work experience with an employer in the sector. This will provide you with an opportunity to apply the knowledge and skills gained at College in the workplace.

Personal development skills, study skills and employability skills.

Additional vocational learning and qualifications.

Next steps

On successful completion of this study programme you can progress to the Animal Management Foundation Degree, or seek employment in the animal care industry.

The extended diploma attracts up to 168 UCAS points.

Additional information

An equipment list will be provided prior to the start of the programme and includes steel toe cap boots or wellies and overalls. There will be the opportunity to go on trips.  A study tour is arranged in the second year of the programme (subject to interest).

If commuting to Shuttleworth College will be difficult for you then you can choose to live in our halls of residence on campus. Priority is given to those who live the furthest distance from the College so make sure you book early to avoid disappointment.

To take part in this course there will be an additional fee of £30 for protective clothing, and £50 to attend educational trips that complement your course, as well as an optional £500 for a study tour. Opportunities will be available to visit other animal collections during the course. The work placement is a compulsory part of the course and will be monitored and assessed by College staff.

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Available Courses
Shuttleworth College
Starts: 04/09/2023
Type: Full Time
Length: 2 years
Day(s): Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
Time(s): 9:00am - 4:45pm
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Fees: 16-18 Yrs: Fully Funded 19+ Yrs: This course could be funded, for more information call us on 0345 658 8990 or use the Livechat below.

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Funding Information

All full-time Level 1 and Level 2 courses are now FREE for everyone, whatever their age. If you are looking to study a Level 3 qualification, courses might still free if you’re under 19 or 19 years and above and studying your first full Level 3 qualification. Whether you need to pay a fee and how much will be dependent on the programme you choose to study. For more information call 0345 658 8990.

If you’re over 19 or studying a second Level 3 qualification, you will need to pay a fee. Find out more on our financial support page at: or view the Full-time Fee Flow Chart below.

If you are unsure whether you need to pay or not then please contact our Customer Contact team on 0345 658 8990.

Full-time Fee Flow Chart

If you are aged 19 or over and want to achieve your first full Level 3 qualification (equivalent to an advanced technical certificate, diploma or A-Levels) then this course is free.

If you are aged 19 or over you may qualify for an Advanced Learner Loan to help you pay the tuition fees for this course. You can also pay by instalments to help make the cost of this course more affordable.

Find out more

If you live in any of the following areas and wish to apply for or enrol onto one of our courses, please contact our Customer Contact team on 0345 658 8990 to check if your course is funded or not (Please note that if your course is not funded then you will pay a higher fee than what is listed, please contact our Customer Contact team for more information):

  • Cambridgeshire and Peterborough
  • Greater Manchester
  • Greater London
  • Liverpool City Region
  • Tees Valley
  • West of England
  • West Midlands
  • Sheffield
  • Newcastle Upon Tyne
  • Barnsley and Doncaster
  • West Yorkshire
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Shuttleworth College Animal Management Level 3
Animal Sciences


I took a year out after finishing school to decide what I wanted to do next. During that time I moved to Bedford from London and the idea of working with animals started to develop.  

I visited Shuttleworth College on an Open Day and I couldn’t believe that they had 400 different species all on one campus! Having grown up in London, this wasn’t something that I’d ever seen. I became very interested in the psychology of animals, why they behave the way they do, and I knew that this was the subject for me.  

Since studying at Shuttleworth, the new biome has opened in the Zoological Education Centre. This houses the reptiles and amphibians and has made a real difference to the student experience. We are assigned to different zones in the biome to carry out daily management tasks.  

I really enjoy the unit on animal behaviour and how animals show different behaviours in different social groupings. I’ve also been able to apply this knowledge on my work experience placements on a farm, at a kennels and a vet practice.  

The tutors are all very helpful, but the environment is more independent than school, so it prepares you well for university.  

I am going to Winchester University in September to study Animal Welfare & Society and have been classed as one of their ‘High Flyer’ applicants. The tutors keep us on top of our university applications with tailored support and push us to get the grades we need.  

Eventually I would like to work in an area of animal behaviour, such as training therapy animals.  

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.


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