Work with exotic species at Brackenhurst
Extended Diploma

Animal Management (BTEC)


This course develops the theoretical knowledge and practical skills needed for work in the animal industry. It provides a good understanding of animal biology, breeding and nutrition. Many students choose this course as an alternative to A-levels with a view to progressing onto an animal science degree.

Entry requirements: Please see the Applying section
Starting: September
Course length: Two years full-time
Study location: Brackenhurst campus

Fees and funding:

  • 2013/14 entry – Aged 19 to 24 - £1500.00
  • 2013/14 entry – Aged 24+ - TBA

Plus a registration fee (£169 for 2012 entry)

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Reasons to choose this course:

  • Our Animal Unit facility has a wide variety of domestic and exotic species to study.
  • Develop practical skills and knowledge for a career in the animal sector.
  • Successful students can progress onto the relevant degree programmes at NTU.
  • Suitable for progression to careers in Vet Nursing, Zoology and Animal Sciences.

The care and welfare of domestic and exotic animals in captivity has become a major growth industry in the UK. With this growth comes a requirement for well-trained and skilled staff who are capable of caring for a wide range of species in a variety of contexts. This course provides practical and theoretical training relevant to a career in the animal welfare industry. Upon completion, you would be well-placed for direct entry into a variety of careers working with animals, or, if you wish, to pursue higher education in a related area. The qualification obtained is the Extended Diploma in Animal Management.

The Extended Diploma is a course of further education that aims to provide students with the skills and knowledge that match the needs of potential employers. Topics studied at Extended Diploma level are frequently those that are not available at A-level and typically involve a higher proportion of practical and applied work.

Skills development
Students are taught using a variety of methods, including formal lectures, group discussion and practical demonstrations. A number of guest lecturers can be brought in to teach students about specialist topics, for example, the work of the R.S.P.C.A. In addition, there are visits scheduled in each year where students are taken to places of interest within the animal industry, such as the dogs' show, Crufts.

Tour the Animal Unit and Veterinary Nursing Centre on an open day