Hartpury College

Level 3 Diploma Animal Management

Course Overview

This one year course for students that have completed the Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma.

What you will study

The units listed below reflect the subjects currently offered on this course but are subject to change:

  • Understand and interpret animal behaviour and communication
  • Understand zoological animal health and husbandry
  • Undertake and review work related experience in the land-based industries
  • Understand animal nursing
  • Understand the principles of animal biology
  • Understand the principles of wildlife populations, ecology and conservation

During this programme of study, you will also be given the opportunity to attend a residential study tour to Borneo, where you can experience wild flora and fauna first hand within a biologically diverse environment and appreciate a culture very different to our own.         

Career Opportunities

On successful completion of this course at Merit or Distinction level and a suitable reference from a tutor, you are able to progress onto the second year of the Level 3 Diploma in Animal Management.

It is also possible to continue in other more specific fields offered at the College, for example, dog grooming or training as a Veterinary Nurse.

Career opportunities include: kennel or cattery worker, pet shop manager, veterinary assistant or receptionist, animal collection worker or technician, carer or warden within charity organisations such as the RSPCA or Blue Cross and dog handler or trainer

Our students have gone on to some fantastic careers in a wide range of industries and enjoyed some exceptional work placements all over the world, helping them open doors to their dream careers. You can read our students’ stories here

Entry Requirements


Two GCSEs at grade C or above which must include English Language and either Mathematics or Science, or successful completion of the Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma Animal Care at Merit or Distinction level and a suitable reference from a tutor.

In Brief


1 Year

Tuition fees

Students under 19 on 31 August 2016 are free (full time courses only). Examination fees for main qualifications are also free.

Students aged 19 to 23 may need to pay tuition fees.  We may be able to waive your fees if you are unemployed and receiving Jobseekers Allowance, studying your first full level 2 qualification or level 3 qualification.

Students aged 24 and over.  You may need to pay for your course.

Educational visits charge: An annual £65 fee is payable for all students and covers the cost of outside visits, special speakers and a contribution to the cost of administration.


When should I apply

We welcome applications for September 2016 entry from October 2015 onwards. You do not have to wait for your GCSE results.

How to apply

Please download the application form. Please note: you can complete this form on your computer and then print it to send back to us - you are unable to save. We will then contact you to arrange an interview.

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