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Animal Management

Animal Management

Animal Management Course

BTEC National Foundation Level 3 Diploma in Animal Management

Employment opportunities in the animal care sector are varied and are continually growing and evolving. The RSPCA estimate that there are currently around 20 million pets in the UK (excluding fish!).

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Is this course right for me?

If you are interested in working in the animal industry, learning more about the wider concepts relating to the management of animals or progressing to an animal related higher education qualification, then this could be the course for you. The course studies the management and behaviour of animals, including domestic, exotic and wild species. Implementing good animal health and welfare practices are also considered.

This course is based over three of the College campuses, the main College campus, the Withybush Animal Centre and the Folly Farm Classroom facility (please note that Folly Farm is a No-Smoking site). Transport to and from these venues is via shuttle bus from the main College campus. Learners will spend the whole day on a site.

To undertake this course you will need to be caring, responsible and able to work individually and as part of a group.

  • Five GCSEs at grade C or above (may include one relevant equivalent) to include English Language/First Language Welsh and Mathematics/Numeracy and Science
  • Each application is considered on individual merit
  • Entry is subject to an informal interview
  • Successful completion of current/relevant Level 2 programme with a merit grade or above and evidence of improvement from internal GCSE assessments or Skills, in addition to a successful decision from progression board meeting

Please read the full entry requirements above as you will usually need to meet those as well.

Students will work in our animal house on a regular basis developing practical skills with a wide range of domestic and exotic animals. The course will also involve working with outside organisations for a number of the units studied.

Units to be studied include:

  • Animal Biology – Learners study anatomy and physiology at the systemic and cellular level, along with the science of animal classification.
  • Animal Welfare & Ethics – Learners study the ethics, regulations, legislation and practices associated with animal welfare in animal-related industries.
  • Practical Animal Husbandry – Learners explore the skills needed to manage high standards of health and welfare for a variety of animals by meeting their essential needs.
  • Animal Behaviour– Learners explore normal and abnormal behaviours in a range of animals and how these behaviours develop.
  • Animal Health & Diseases – Learners study common indicators of animal health, diseases and disorders, as well as treatment and prevention methods in order to detect and protect animals from illness.
  • Work Experience in the Animal Sector – Learners study roles available in the animal sector and the progression routes required to attain them, and develop communication and employability skills through study and work experience.
  • Animal Nursing – Learners will explore the work of a veterinary practice, including staff roles, responsibilities, procedures, basic nursing skills and the role of governing bodies.
  • Health & Safety – This will be a core theme throughout the two years, with strong focus on safe working practices.
  • Animal Breeding & Genetics – Learners study the science of genes and genetic factors influencing the management of breeding animals. Learners will develop skills to evaluate and care for breeding stock and offspring.
  • Investigative Research Project – Learners study the principles and purposes pf research in the animal sector and develop the skills needed to conduct their own small-scale research project.
  • Advanced Animal Nutrition – Learners study the biological molecules essential for animals to survive, and how animal nutrition can be practically managed for optimum health, welfare and performance.
  • Business Management in the Animal Sector – Learners study the concepts of business management and the breadth of businesses in the animal sector, exploring the roles and responsibilities associated with it.
  • Animal Management in Retail – Learners study retail animal husbandry, including the importance of the layout and design of animal accommodation, stock and livestock management, and store marketing.
  • Human & Animal Interaction – Learners will develop their skills in animal training, and design and implement a training programme to meet a desired goal.
  • Exotic Animal Husbandry – Learners study the husbandry needs of exotic animals to ensure their health and welfare. Learners will also study the governing regulations that apply to exotic animals in the UK.
  • Zoological Animal Health & Husbandry – Learners study the specialist husbandry skills needed to work with zoo collections, including accommodation, safe handling methods and maintenance of animal health and welfare.

Work experience is a mandatory unit and students will be required to complete eight weeks of placement over the two years of the programme.

Learners are able to complete either the full qualification or certain units or elements through the medium of Welsh/bilingually.

  • Continuous assessment during the course
  • Practical assessment during the course
  • Portfolio of evidence
  • Workplace evidence
  • Written examination
  • Completion of a final major project

This course can lead to numerous career opportunities including: Veterinary Nurse, Kennel Worker, Dog Trainer, Canine Hydrotherapist, Pet Groomer, Animal Behaviourist, Dog Handler, Countryside Ranger, Animal Welfare Officer, Animal Care / Rescue Centre Worker, Pet Sitter, Horse Riding Instructor, Pet Shop Assistant, RSPCA Inspector, Zookeeper, Veterinary Receptionist.

If you are thinking about studying at degree level following this course please visit the university websites or UCAS (University Central Admissions Service) www.ucas.com to check any entry requirements.

  • Stationery - you will be told about any specific items before you start the course
  • Text books - you will be told about any specific items before you start the course, most text books are available to loan from the college library or online libraries
  • Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and Clothing, which you can purchase online before you start the course
  • Practical/comfortable clothing for parts of the course
  • Ensure that your Tetanus vaccination and any other appropriate vaccinations are up to date before commencing work with animals or in the countryside
  • You may be eligible for funding. Find out more on our student finance page
  • No tuition fee
  • We are waiving the Administration Fee for the academic year 2022/23
  • There is a annual workshop fee for this course (£20 - £60), payable before you start the course
  • You may be eligible for funding. Find out more on our student finance page

Additional Information

Additional information

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Mode:

Online Learning Elements?

Yes

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What are the entry requirements?

  • Five GCSEs at grade C or above (may include one relevant equivalent) to include English Language/First Language Welsh and Mathematics/Numeracy and Science
  • Each application is considered on individual merit
  • Entry is subject to an informal interview

Current student – what are the entry requirements?

Please read the full entry requirements above as you will usually need to meet those as well

  • Successful completion of current/relevant Level 2 programme with a merit grade or above and evidence of improvement from internal GCSE assessments or Skills, in addition to a successful decision from progression board meeting

What will I learn?

Students will work in our animal house on a regular basis developing practical skills with a wide range of domestic and exotic animals. The course will also involve working with outside organisations for a number of the units studied.

Units to be studied include:

  • Animal Biology – Learners study anatomy and physiology at the systemic and cellular level, along with the science of animal classification.
  • Animal Welfare & Ethics – Learners study the ethics, regulations, legislation and practices associated with animal welfare in animal-related industries.
  • Practical Animal Husbandry – Learners explore the skills needed to manage high standards of health and welfare for a variety of animals by meeting their essential needs.
  • Animal Behaviour– Learners explore normal and abnormal behaviours in a range of animals and how these behaviours develop.
  • Animal Health & Diseases – Learners study common indicators of animal health, diseases and disorders, as well as treatment and prevention methods in order to detect and protect animals from illness.
  • Work Experience in the Animal Sector – Learners study roles available in the animal sector and the progression routes required to attain them, and develop communication and employability skills through study and work experience.
  • Animal Nursing – Learners will explore the work of a veterinary practice, including staff roles, responsibilities, procedures, basic nursing skills and the role of governing bodies.
  • Health & Safety – This will be a core theme throughout the two years, with strong focus on safe working practices.
  • Animal Breeding & Genetics – Learners study the science of genes and genetic factors influencing the management of breeding animals. Learners will develop skills to evaluate and care for breeding stock and offspring.
  • Investigative Research Project – Learners study the principles and purposes pf research in the animal sector and develop the skills needed to conduct their own small-scale research project.
  • Advanced Animal Nutrition – Learners study the biological molecules essential for animals to survive, and how animal nutrition can be practically managed for optimum health, welfare and performance.
  • Business Management in the Animal Sector – Learners study the concepts of business management and the breadth of businesses in the animal sector, exploring the roles and responsibilities associated with it.
  • Animal Management in Retail – Learners study retail animal husbandry, including the importance of the layout and design of animal accommodation, stock and livestock management, and store marketing.
  • Human & Animal Interaction – Learners will develop their skills in animal training, and design and implement a training programme to meet a desired goal.
  • Exotic Animal Husbandry – Learners study the husbandry needs of exotic animals to ensure their health and welfare. Learners will also study the governing regulations that apply to exotic animals in the UK.
  • Zoological Animal Health & Husbandry – Learners study the specialist husbandry skills needed to work with zoo collections, including accommodation, safe handling methods and maintenance of animal health and welfare.

Work experience is a mandatory unit and students will be required to complete eight weeks of placement over the two years of the programme.


Can I do this course in Welsh?

Learners are able to complete either the full qualification or certain units or elements through the medium of Welsh/bilingually.


How will I be assessed?

  • Continuous assessment during the course
  • Practical assessment during the course
  • Portfolio of evidence
  • Workplace evidence
  • Written examination
  • Completion of a final major project

What can I do next?

This course can lead to numerous career opportunities including: Veterinary Nurse, Kennel Worker, Dog Trainer, Canine Hydrotherapist, Pet Groomer, Animal Behaviourist, Dog Handler, Countryside Ranger, Animal Welfare Officer, Animal Care / Rescue Centre Worker, Pet Sitter, Horse Riding Instructor, Pet Shop Assistant, RSPCA Inspector, Zookeeper, Veterinary Receptionist.

If you are thinking about studying at degree level following this course please visit the university websites or UCAS (University Central Admissions Service) www.ucas.com to check any entry requirements.


Do I need to bring/buy any equipment?

  • Stationery - you will be told about any specific items before you start the course
  • Text books - you will be told about any specific items before you start the course, most text books are available to loan from the college library or online libraries
  • Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and Clothing, which you can purchase online before you start the course
  • Practical/comfortable clothing for parts of the course
  • Ensure that your Tetanus vaccination and any other appropriate vaccinations are up to date before commencing work with animals or in the countryside
  • You may be eligible for funding. Find out more on our student finance page

Are there any additional costs?

  • No tuition fee
  • We are waiving the Administration Fee for the academic year 2022/23
  • There is a annual workshop fee for this course (£20 - £60), payable before you start the course
  • You may be eligible for funding. Find out more on our student finance page

Additional information

Level:

Mode:

Online Learning Elements?

Yes

Disclaimer:
The College takes all reasonable steps to provide the educational services and courses as described above. Details are correct at the time of editing but may be subject to change without prior notice. Courses will not run if student numbers are insufficient. The College has the right to refuse individuals entry to courses in certain circumstances. Prospective students may be advised of more suitable alternatives, if appropriate. The entry requirements stated are those that are normally required to undertake the programme of study.
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