Animal Management

City & Guilds Advanced Technical Diploma , Level 3
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“When I first came I didn’t know anybody at the college but because it’s people you’re surrounded by and people with similar interests to you, you do make friends quickly and you make really close friendships with people because you’re listening to the same things and you’re going through the same things, and you can help each other as well.”


Did you know!

  • Equivalent of one and a half A-levels in year 1, three A-levels in year 2
  • Undertake practicals with a variety of different species
  • Taught by industry professionals

Course Information


This qualification is for learners who aim to gain employment within the animal care industry, or progress to an apprenticeship or a high level animal management qualification.


This qualification can be studied as a one-year full-time course, or as part
of a two-year, full-time study programme. The advanced technical diploma is a
standalone qualification, but can form one half of the advanced technical
extended diploma in animal management should learners wish to complete the
two-year programme. The course includes both practical and theoretical elements
preparing learners for a career within the animal management sector or for
further study.

Who is this course for?

This qualification is for learners who aim to gain employment within the animal care industry, or progress to an apprenticeship or a high level animal management qualification.

Course units/modules

Modules include the following:

  • Biological systems
  • Animal Welfare and Breeding
  • Feeding and nutrition
  • Behaviour and communication
  • Animal health and husbandry
  • Exotics
  • Pet Allied Services
  • Animal training
  • Health and Safety
  • Work experience

These are just examples of modules learners will undertake and are subject to change.

Benefits and skills

Learners are taught by subject specialists who have worked in a variety of contexts within the animal management sector. In addition, learners have access to a wide variety of species, including small mammals and exotics, housed within our purpose built animal care centre. Learners will also undertake farm practicals at Home Farm within the Temple Newsam estate.

Entry requirements

5 GCSE’s including English, maths and science.

Available Apprenticeships and Progression options

The advanced technical diploma is the academic equivalent of one and a half A -levels, should learners complete the two- year programme, this will be the equivalent of 3 A -levels, allowing learners to progress on to higher education should they wish. Learners get the practical skills and theoretical knowledge to undertake a variety of careers within the animal management sector.

Assessment types

The course is assessed via:

  • Exams
  • Synoptic assessments
  • Internally assessed module assignments

Course details

Duration: 1 year
Start Date: 09/09/2024
Fees (16-18): No fee
Study Type: Full time
Course Code: 78824-01
Fees (Adult): £4,425

Please note that for all courses starting on 9th September, there will be an induction week, WC 2nd September.

Employment Statistics

  • Animal care services occupations n.e.c.

    Average Salary
  • Inspectors of standards and regulations

    Average Salary

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