- 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, 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, 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 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 five 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.Careers page
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. 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
You’ll find that there’s lots of different support available to help you pay for College and finance your education, including tuition fee loans, special grants and bursaries, and a number of extra funding opportunities, depending on your circumstances. You can find out everything you need to know on our dedicated Fees, Finance and Funding page.Fees, finance and funding page
Got a question?
Our course enquiries team is on-hand to answer any questions you might have about this qualification, the application process, enrolment, or anything else about life at The Manchester College.Make an enquiry
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