Animal Management (Zoo) Extended Diploma Level 3 - Bridgwater & Taunton College

Course Overview

This course provides the underpinning knowledge of the principles of animal science, covering all major areas of the industry. Modules cover the entire industry in a vocational based, practical and stimulating programme.

You will study a range of animal management topics such as:

  • Animal welfare and breeding
  • Biological systems of animals
  • Exotic animal health and husbandry
  • Animal behaviour and communication
  • Animal health and husbandry
  • Work experience in the animal sector
  • Investigative research project
  • Animal feeding and nutrition

To support your learning, the first year includes 150 hours of work experience and 80 hours in the second year.

College attendance is for the equivalent of four days a week with time for private study and work placements. There is a minimum College requirement of 90% attendance.

During the first year of the programme you have the opportunity to take part in a study tour to London visiting the Natural History Museum and London Zoo. In the second year you can take part in a three day study tour to North Wales, including trips to Bristol Aquarium, Chester Zoo and The Dogs Trust Centre. The course has a range of educational visits including Crufts, Longleat and Cotswold Farm Park.

Assessment Methods

Assessment will be varied forms of external and internal assessments. These include theory exams, synoptic assessments, a work experience portfolio, written coursework, presentations, in-class tests, creation of posters and leaflets, work placement assessment and practical work.

Progression Options

This qualification provides a solid basis to progress to university to study animal science, conservation, zoology, animal nursing and other related subjects, as well as equivalent or higher level Apprenticeships in these areas. Popular courses to progress on to include the Foundation Degree in Animal Management & Wildlife Conservation delivered via University Centre Somerset.

Alternatively, you could find employment at a supervisory level in animal sanctuaries, breeding and boarding facilities, specialist pet stores, zoos or wildlife parks. Increasing numbers of students are interested in setting up their own businesses, such as dog walking, or grooming businesses.

Course Summary

Course Title Animal Management (Zoo) Extended Diploma Level 3
Entry Requirements

You need five GCSEs in the 9 to 4 range including maths, English and science or an appropriate Level 2 qualification at Merit grade with English and maths GCSE at grade 4 or above. Course entry is subject to successful interview at the campus of your choice.

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I’m really proud of what I’ve achieved so far. I’ve never been a confident person, so the thought of work experience and spending time with a group of strangers seemed impossible. Now everything’s changed - I completed work experience with the National Animal Welfare Trust at Heaven’s Gate and met some lovely people. This valuable experience reinforced that looking after animals really is my dream job.

Molly Brown- Level 1 Diploma in Animal & Horse Care

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