- Subject Area
- Animal Care
- Age Group
(Full Time - 2 years)
If you’d like to focus more on the research-based elements of animal care and management, then this BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma could be a great place to start. You’ll spend the first year studying the Foundation Diploma in Animal Management (link to course detail), before continuing with more relevant science units for your second year.
You’ll look at animal breeding and genetics, and learn all about the principles of animal nursing. You’ll be undertaking an investigative research project into a subject area of your choice, as well as studying the metabolisms of various animals and focusing on advanced nutrition.
Whether you’re learning about the health and husbandry of more zoological animals or taking a closer look at wildlife ecology and conservation management, you’ll be developing all the practical skills you’ll need to continue your studies into animal science and pursue a career in this industry.
As with the BTEC Level 3 in Animal Management you’ll need a minimum of 5 GCSEs at grade C or above, including English Language, Maths and Science, or a Level 2 Diploma in Animal Care with a grade of Merit or above. You’ll also need to complete a work placement in the industry before starting the course.
To continue onto the second year of this course, you’ll need to successfully complete the BTEC Foundation Diploma in Animal Management, usually with a an overall grade of Merit or Distinction.
How will I be assessed?
For both years of the course, there is a mixture of external written exams and internal assessments. The internal assessments will be a combination of practical assignments and written work.
Continuing Your Journey
With this BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma, you’ll be able to apply for a number of university level degrees courses, depending on what your passions and preferred areas of study are. This could range from Biology and Ecology, to Marine Zoology and Veterinary Science.
Whichever direction you choose to go in, there will be a huge range of career opportunities in the animal care industry for you to follow. (link to relevant career page). Whether you’d like to become a genetic researcher or a science teacher, a zookeeper or an RSPCA inspector, you’ll find a job you can be passionate about.
Fees, Finance & Funding
If you are required to pay the tuition fees for this course, or need help affording college, there are a number of different finance and funding options available that are specially designed to help you. These range from grants and bursaries to dedicated loans for education. You can find out more on our fees, finance & funding page. (link to relevant fees, finance, and funding page)
Got a question?
Do you want to ask us about something specifically on this course, or find out more about the possible career opportunities this qualification can help you get?
Whatever questions you might want to ask, big or small, our course enquiry team is more than happy to help! Just send us a message or give us a call here. (link to enquiry page)
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