Course type:

Level 3 National Extended Diploma Animal Management Year 2

Equip the skills you need to pursue a career in the animal management industry.


This course can be completed following the Foundation Diploma in Animal Management. Completion of both courses in 2 years is the equivalent to 3 A-levels

This is a one-year course and can be completed following the National Foundation Diploma in Animal Management. Completion of both courses in 2 years is the equivalent to 3 A-levels

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

What you will study

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

• Animal Breeding and Genetics
• Investigative Research Project
• Animal Nursing
• Aquatic Animal Health & Husbandry
• Farm Livestock Husbandy
• Human Animal Interaction
• Zoological Animal Health and Husbandry
• Wildlife Ecology and Conservation Management

You will be given the opportunity to attend a residential study tour to Borneo. Here you will experience wild flora and fauna first hand within a biologically diverse environment and appreciate a culture very different to our own.

This course will include a range of different assessment methods, including written exams.

Industry experience

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.

Career and education opportunities

On successful completion of this course and a suitable reference from a tutor, you are able to progress on to a Foundation degree or Honours degree (subject to entry requirements).

It is possible to continue in other more specific fields offered at Hartpury, 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
• Dog handler or trainer

How to apply for this course

Course Duration

1 Year
1 Year course
Course type:
Full Time

Entry Requirements

Merit or above in BTEC Level 3 National Foundation Diploma Animal Management, completion of work experience hours, satisfactory reference from course tutor and GCSE grade 4 or above in Mathematics and English Language.

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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