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Level 3 Extended Diploma

Animal Management

  • Level(s) of study: Further education
  • Study mode(s): Full-time
  • Location: Brackenhurst Campus
  • Starting: September 2020
  • Course duration: Two years full-time

About the course

Learn about animal-related subjects, including biology, health, nutrition, behaviour and breeding. You’ll also develop practical skills for handling and caring, and gain the knowledge needed to start your career within the animal industry, or for further study.

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Why choose Brackenhurst

Brackenhurst is set in stunning countryside just a bus ride away from Nottingham city centre. We are part of Nottingham Trent University. We offer college courses alongside our degree courses, all taught by our skilled, experienced and supportive staff.

At Brackenhurst, you’ll have access to incredible facilities. These include an animal unit, equestrian centre, laboratories, library and gardens and fields that are overflowing with plants and wildlife. Studying with us means that you’ll be a part of an amazing learning environment. You get all the perks of being part of a big university, but you will still enjoy the comforts of a friendly college.

We have limited on-site accommodation available for students studying on this course. Please contact us for more details.

Getting here

Brackenhurst is easy to get to. We’re just 14 miles from Nottingham city centre, next to the town of Southwell. Find out more about getting here.

What you'll study

You'll take part in practical hands-on lessons and learn about a wide range of animals, using our fantastic facilities. You'll also develop knowledge and skills about animal-related subjects and have the chance to go on trips to different locations to learn about the animal industry.

  • Year One

    • Biological Systems of Animals
      This module will teach you the structure and function of skeletal systems and sensory organs and how these have been adapted to meet the needs of animals living in different environments.
    • Principles of Health and Safety
      Gain an understanding of health and safety and identify how it can be applied in practice within land-based or related industries.
    • Animal Training
      Develop an understanding of how animals learn, and then apply this knowledge to develop training programmes with different animals.
    • Small Animal Rehabilitation
      This module will develop your knowledge and skills to work in small animal rehabilitation, including physiotherapy and hydrotherapy, as well as complementary and alternative therapies such as chiropractics, osteopathy, acupuncture and massage.
    • Animal Health and Husbandry
      This module will teach you to recognise the signs of good and ill health in animals and to carry out health checks on animals and produce animal health plans.
    • Animal Feeding and Nutrition
      You’ll study the main components of an animal’s diet and understand the requirements of a balanced diet. You’ll also learn about the effects of nutritional disorders and deficiencies.
    • Animal Behaviour and Communication
      Develop knowledge and skills to interpret animal behaviour and understand the factors which influence such behaviour.
    • Exotic Animal Health and Husbandry
      Learn about health, welfare, handling, restraint, nutrition and feeding in exotic animals in captivity.
    • Animal Welfare and Breeding
      Gain an understanding of how animals have evolved and been bred and how they have been trained and tamed to keep as a pet or on a farm. You’ll also develop a working knowledge of animal welfare legislation.
    • Work-Related Experience in the Land-based Industries
      Develop important knowledge and skills that relate to employment in the environmental and land-based sector.
  • Year Two

    • Animal Nursing
      You’ll be shown what it’s like to work as a veterinary nurse, including applying bandages and setting up an IV drip to care for a sick animal.
    • Zoological Collections
      Learn about the role of the modern zoo and the techniques used to improve the lives of zoo animals, including health and safety.
    • Wildlife and Ecology Conservation
      Learn about a variety of subjects related to ecosystems and wildlife while developing the practical skills needed to measure populations and wildlife habitats.
    • Kennel and Cattery Management
      You’ll learn about kennel and cattery design and the different practices, procedures and specialist techniques needed within them. You'll also gain an understanding of supervisory or management roles within professional establishments.
    • Undertake Estate Skills
      Learn about estate skills and gain knowledge of how these are used in the real world. You’ll develop skills to construct, repair and maintain boundaries, structures and surfaces.
    • Business Management in the Land-based Sector
      In this module, you’ll learn about the businesses within the land based sector, the role and responsibilities of those employed in land-based businesses and resource requirements.
    • Pet Store Design and Management
      Gain an understanding of how pet stores are designed and managed. Find out about the caring and feeding requirements of animals being sold. Learn about stock control, marketing and good customer services.
    • Pet Allied Services
      Learn to identify the career and employment opportunities within the animal care industry. Gain an understanding of what is involved in becoming self-employed with a focus on dog walking and pet sitting.
    • Specialist Project in the Land-based Sector
      You will develop project management skills by investigating a chosen topic of interest, which is relevant to your career aspirations. Learn how to plan and carry out the project, including working to meet deadlines and finishing with an evaluation report.

How you’re taught

You’ll learn in our fantastic facilities and be taught by tutors who have real-life experience of working within the animal industry. You can expect the course to be split so that approximately 30% is practical work and 70% is theory work. You’ll be taught through lectures, group discussions and practical demonstrations. You’ll also get to go on trips to different locations, including Crufts Dog Show at the National Exhibition Centre, Twycross Zoo and Yorkshire Wildlife Park.

The course includes a work placement. This allows you to develop your skills and knowledge in the animal industry, and looks good to future employers. You can work at places like Cats Protection, Twycross Zoo, RSPCA, Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust, Stonebridge City Farm and more.

How you’ll be assessed

You’ll be assessed through a portfolio of evidence and external written assignments, practical assessments and exams.

Careers and employability

After completing this course there are a number of options and routes that you can take. You could choose to continue your studies and go onto a higher education course or pursue a career in an animal-related industry.

Future jobs within the animal industry include:

  • animal carer - you can earn up to £15,000
  • welfare assistant - you can earn up to £15,000
  • laboratory assistant - you can earn up to £16,000
  • Pet Shop Assistant - you can earn up to £17,000
  • veterinary nurse - you can earn up to £18,000
  • industry sales person - you can earn up to £21,000

Higher Education

Our animal courses have great progression routes to further study. You can even study one of NTU’s degrees right here at Brackenhurst, including FdSc Animal Science, FdSc Veterinary Nursing, BSc (Hons) Animal Biology or BSc (Hons) Zoo Biology.

Placement opportunities

Work placements are a great way to broaden your knowledge and skills. You will have the opportunity the take part in work experience in a range of different animal related sectors.

With our great links with industry you'll have the opportunity to work in areas such as:

  • veterinary centres
  • boarding kennels
  • rescue centres
  • catteries
  • zoos.

Our courses offer exciting work experience opportunities – making you stand out to future employers or universities

Entry requirements

For 2020 entry you'll need:

  • Four GCSEs including English Language, Maths and Science at grade 4 / C or above.

Equivalent qualifications will be considered.

You will also be required to attend an interview.

Applications are welcome from mature and international students.

Getting in touch

If you need any more help or information, please email our FE Team or call on +44 (0)115 848 5299.

We welcome applications from international students. Please email our FE Team or call on +44 (0)115 848 5299 to discuss how your qualifications match our course requirements.

How to apply

Applying is really easy. Follow our step-by-step guide below.

Fill in an application form

  • Download an application form. Remember to show your passion for your chosen subject in your personal statement.
  • Provide contact details for two referees - usually one teacher from your current School or College and one character reference which could refer to any volunteering, work experience or hobbies you may have (i.e. Sea Scouts, sports clubs etc.). Alternatively, this can be a long standing family friend or neighbour.

Come for an interview

  • If you meet the criteria for the course, we’ll invite you in for an interview. We’ll send you details of what will happen on the day in advance through the post. Don’t panic! Our tutors are really friendly and will help you to do your best.

Get your offer

  • We’ll write to you and let you know how you got on at the interview. Hopefully we’ll be able to offer you a place on the course. This offer might be conditional on your upcoming exam results – for example GCSEs.

Accept your offer

  • You need to tell us that you want to accept your offer of a place by returning your confirmation slip to us or by calling us on 0115 848 5299.

Get your exam results

  • If you’re taking GCSEs, you’ll get your results on Thursday 20 August 2020. Other exam results will also come out over the summer. Once you’ve got your results you need to let us know what they are. Then we can confirm your place.

Start at Brackenhurst

  • We’ll send out all the information you need to start with us in the post at the end of August. We hold an enrolment day in the first week of September. This allows you to get your student ID and start meeting your new friends and tutors.

Any questions?

Just drop us a line – we’re here to help every step of the way. You can email us or give us a call on 0115 848 5299.

Please read our notes on the University's commitment to delivering the educational services advertised.

Please email our FE Team or call on +44 (0)115 848 5299 for more information on how to apply.

Please read our notes on the University's commitment to delivering the educational services advertised.

In 2019 our college courses had a 100% pass rate

Fees and funding

If you are aged 16-18 and applying for a Level 2 or 3 course

There are no course fees if you’re aged under 19 on 31 August of the year you start your course.

If you are aged 19+ and applying for a Level 2, Level 3 or Access to Higher Education course

If you’re studying your first full Level 3 or Access to Higher Education qualification you may be eligible for free tuition. You will still need to pay the registration fee applicable for your course.

If you are applying for the Level 2 qualification or have already completed a full Level 3 qualification, tuition and registration fees will apply.

To cover the cost of tuition when applying for a Level 3 and Access to Higher Education qualification, you can apply for an Advanced Learner Loan from the UK Government. It is easy to apply, your household income is not taken into account and there is no credit check. You will not have to pay anything back until your income is over £25,000.

Please visit fees and funding information for more information.

Please email our FE Team or call on +44 (0)115 848 5299 for more information on fees and funding.

Still need help?

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