Course type:

Level 3 Extended Certificate Animal Management

This is for those who are looking for a more detailed understanding of a broad range of subjects relating to the animal management industry. Our large and varied animal collection of exotic and domestic species offer excellent practical hands-on learning opportunities alongside theory-based lessons.

During this programme, you will be expected to undertake a block of work experience which will allow you to broaden your knowledge, understanding and skills in practical industry live situations.

What you will study

The units listed below reflect the subjects you will cover on this course but are subject to change:

• Animal Welfare and Ethics
• Practical Animal Husbandry
• Animal Behaviour
• Animal Health and Diseases
• Work Experience in the Animal Sector

Career and education 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.

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
• 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, helping them open doors to their dream careers. You can read our students' stories here

How to apply for this course

Course Duration

1 Year
1 Year course
Course type:
Full Time

Entry Requirements

2 GCSEs at grade 4 or above to include English Language and either Mathematics or a Science.

Why study Animal at Hartpury College?

If you want to work with animals, then Hartpury offers a dedicated environment to provide you with the practical skills, qualifications and experience employers are looking for to succeed in this thriving industry.

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How to apply

Apply online

To apply for a diploma course or A-levels at Hartpury College please complete an online application

What happens next?

Once we receive your application, we will write and invite you to attend an interview and written assessment with a member of staff on your chosen course. The interview is an opportunity to discuss the course content, ask any questions you may have and go on a tour of the campus.


If you are unable to complete an online application please contact

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