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City & Guilds Level 3 Animal Management (1)

About the course

The College offers opportunity to study at level 3 (A level equivalent) for students who wish to develop a comprehensive understanding of animal management and biology - encompassing practical techniques, academic knowledge and technical skills. It is a popular option for both school leavers and successful Level 2 Diploma students. The course incorporates a mix of practicals, classroom lectures, industry visits and case study exercises. Students enjoy the wide variety of theory and practical subjects combined with a range of projects and assessments.

Course modules

Advanced Extended Technical Diploma (1080) – Year 2

Wildlife Management and Rehabilitation (Optional)

Kennel and Cattery Management

Pet Store Design and Management

Avian Health and Husbandry (Optional)

Farm Livestock Husbandry and Welfare (Optional)

Business Management in the Land-based Sector

Undertake a Specialist Project in the Land-based Sector

Animal Nursing

Wildlife and Ecology Conservation

Pet Allied Services

Undertake Estate Skills

Advanced Technical Diploma (540) – Year 1

Undertake and Review Work Related Experience in the Land-based Industries

Principles of Health and Safety

Animal Feeding and Nutrition

Animal Behaviour and Communication

Biological Systems of Animals

Animal Welfare and Breeding

Exotic Animal Health and Husbandry (Optional)

Animal Training (Optional)

Small Animal Rehabilitation

Entry requirements & additional information

Entry requirements

These courses give a good technical training and education providing a vocational alternative to A Levels and the opportunity for successful students to progress to Higher Education. Students are normally aged 16 or over and the following requirements are needed:

Advanced Level 3 Suite:

  • Advanced Technical Extended Diploma (1080) (year 1 is the Advanced Technical Diploma (540)) 5 GCSEs at Grades A* to C (9 to 4), to include Mathematics, English Language and Science Or gaining Level 2 Diploma at Distinction and English and Mathematics qualifications at Level 2 (this must be English Language and Mathematics GCSE at C or above for under 19s)

In addition Learning Areas may apply specific agreed aptitude assessments that assist selection.

It is strongly recommended for applicants to gain some voluntary experience within the animal sector in order ensure that they are fully prepared for the expectations of the study programme and gain a realistic insight of the animal industry. A minimum of five days (which do not have to be consecutive) is advised.

Learning and assessment

Assessments will include assignments, practical work, synoptic assessments and formal examinations.


As a course equivalent to A Level the Level 3 is an ideal spring board for progression depending on UCAS points gained. Students may wish to continue their studies in Higher Education, e.g.:

  • BSc (Hons) Animal Behaviour & Welfare
  • FdSc Welfare of Animals (Management or Animal Collections routes, Wildlife Conservation, Healthcare Management)


Employment opportunities in Animal Management and its related industries are currently very good. The Advanced Technical Certificate (360), Advanced Technical Diploma (720), and Advanced Extended Technical Diploma (1080) in Animal Management provide the qualification and experience for entry into the industry at an operational level with future prospects for management. Students who successfully complete the course may wish to take up employment in one of the following industries: ·

Pet store assistant · Wildlife Assistant · Animal Rescue · Quarantine establishment · Animal Trainer · Zoo · Dog grooming assistant · Kennel / cattery · Animal collection · Animal welfare officer · Lab technician

Special requirements

Specialist Clothing and Equipment:

College warehouse jacket, wellington boots or other sturdy work boots. Tetanus vaccination up to date.

Additional Costs That May be Incurred:

Clothing - £30 approx.

Trips - £50 approx

Work experience

Students must attend a relevant placement in the animal industry, for example, veterinary practice, boarding kennel, pet retail organisation or canine grooming parlour, one day per week throughout the course.

Animal Studies

Britain is well regarded as a nation of animal lovers, from companion pets to large animal collections. This has resulted in a multi-million pound industry, ranging from well known national pet feed companies to pet stores, catteries and kennels and numerous other businesses providing for the needs of animals.

If you care about animals and have a deep interest in their health and wellbeing, Myerscough provides an excellent opportunity for you to further your studies. You'll develop a range of skills and have the opportunity to care for a range of animals including dogs, cats, rabbits and ferrets, farm animals, reptiles and amphibians and a range of invertebrates.