Hartpury College

Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma Animal Management

Course Overview

This one year course will equip you with a detailed understanding of a broad range of subjects related to the animal management industry.   

Our large and varied animal collection of exotic species and domestic species of livestock at Home Farm offer excellent practical hands-on learning opportunities alongside theory-based lessons.

What you will study

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

  • Undertake animal handling and safe working
  • Understanding working dogs
  • Understand and promote animal health
  • Plan and monitor animal feeding
  • Manage animal accommodation
  • Understand and carry out farm livestock husbandry
  • Understand animal anatomy and physiology

Complementary qualifications you will gain whilst studying this course:

  • Award in Practical Small Animal Management Skills

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 2 Diploma Animal Care at Merit or Distinction level and a suitable reference from a tutor.

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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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