City & Guilds Level 3 Extended Diploma in Animal Management

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City & Guilds Level 3 Extended Diploma in Animal Management

Who is this course for?

This course is for you if you are interested in the behaviour, care and management of animals and wildlife.

This course is for learners who want to work with animals or go on to study animal related courses at University.

This qualification will help you understand the knowledge and skills required for employment within the Animal Management industry.


What are the entry requirements for the course?

Minimum five GCSEs at grade C or (grade 4) or higher, including Maths, English Language and Biology.

Please contact us if you are unsure if you meet the entry criteria.


How long is this course?

A two-year full-time programme starting in September and ending in June.


What will I study on this course?

The course is made up of 20 units over two years:

Unit 301 – Understand and Promote Animal Health: In this unit you will develop an understanding of animal health, learning about common diseases and how to deliver treatment.

Unit 302 – Animal Accommodation: This unit aims to provide you with an understanding of the principles of animal accommodation and how these can be applied in practice.

Unit 303 – Understand Animal Anatomy and Physiology: You will learn the structure and functions of animal systems and how it is adapted to its environment.

Unit 304 – Plan and Monitor Animal Feeding: You will learn about nutritional requirements and carry out feeding activities (practical based).

Unit 305 – Understand the Principles of Animal Biology: You will learn about the animal skeletal system and the structure and function of organs in various animals.

Unit 306 – Undertake Animal Handling and Safe Handling: You will learn how to handle and restrain animals. You will also learn about different types of equipment used (practical based).

Unit 307 – Undertake and Review Related Work Experience in the Land-Based Industries: This unit involves work experience. You will identify, participate and review the placements you attend.

Unit 320 – Undertake Animal Training: You will learn how to assess animal behaviour and how to train animals.

Unit 313 – Undertake Dog Grooming: You will learn how to groom, bath and dry a dog’s coat. You will carry out other grooming activities (practical based).

Unit 309 – Business Management in the Land-Based Sector:  You will develop an understanding of the roles and responsibilities in land-based businesses.

Unit 308 – Undertake an Investigative Project in the Land-Based Sector: You will develop skills to plan, carry out and report on an investigative project. You will be able to research a topic based around your work experience.

Unit 311 – Understand the Principles of Animal Nursing: This unit will help you to develop an understanding of veterinary practice, procedures and equipment.

Unit 314 – Understand the Principles and Practice of Exotic Animal Health and Husbandry: In this unit you will be able to prepare accommodation and feeding regimes for exotic animals. You will learn how to handle, restrain and transport exotic species.

Unit 315 – Undertake Kennel and Cattery Management: This unit will teach you how to admit animals into a kennel or cattery, and about the different types of designs and facilities for kennels and catteries.

Unit 319 – Understand the Principles of Animal Nutrition: This unit will help you to develop an understanding of the main components of an animal’s diet and the different nutritional problems there are.

Unit 326 – Understand and Undertake Wildlife Management and Rehabilitation: You will learn how to carry out wildlife population monitoring and learn about wildlife and human interaction.

Unit 310 – Understand and Interpret Animal Behaviour and Communication: You will learn about the understanding of behaviour patterns in animals and how to interpret behaviour and animal communication.

Unit 317 – Understand the Principles of Animal Breeding and Genetics: You will develop an understanding of managing breeding stock and young animals. You will learn about the uses of reproductive technology.

Unit 322 – Understand the Principles and Carry Out the Practice of Biochemistry and Microbiology.


What Qualification will I gain?

City & Guilds Level 3 Extended Diploma in Animal Management.


Will I go out on work experience?

Courses at Highlands Colleges are about preparing you for the world of work. As part of your course, you will learn how to go about presenting yourself to an employer to stand the best chance of getting the job you are looking for.

You will spend over 300 hours within a work placement environment to prepare you for work in this industry.


What does this course lead on to?

Progression to Higher Education courses in Animal Management, Animal Behaviour, Marine Biology, Veterinary Nursing, Ecology and Conservation, or Zoology.

Employment at a supervisory level in animal sanctuaries, breeding and boarding facilities, specialist pet stores, veterinary practices, zoos, and wildlife parks.


How much will it cost?

There are no fees for this course.


How can I find out more?

For further information, please contact the Highlands College Admissions team on: 608582 or email: