BTEC Level 3 National Foundation Diploma in Animal Management

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Course Information

This qualification is a one-year full-time course, or as part of a two-year, full-time study programme. The national foundation diploma is a standalone qualification, however it is the first year of the national 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, progress to an apprenticeship or a high level animal management qualification.

Units / Modules

Modules include the following:

  • Animal Biology
  • Animal Welfare and Ethics
  • Praactical Animal husbandry
  • Animal Behaviour
  • Animal health and diseases
  • Exotic Animal Husbandry

Units are subject to change.

Benefits / 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. In addition learners undertake farm practicals at Home Farm within the Temple Newsam estate.

Assesment Types

This course is assessed via:

  • Externally assessed exams
  • Externally assessed synoptic assessments
  • Internally assessed module assignments

Career Progression

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

Course Details


30 weeks

Study Type

Full time

Start Date


Course Code


Course Fee (16-18)

No fee

Course Fee (Adult)

£2,583   You may be entitled to support with fees. Click here for more info.

Course Facts


Equivalent of 1.5 A-levels in year 1, 3 A-levels in year 2

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Undertake practicals with a variety of different species


Taught by industry professionals

School of Land & Animal Sciences
Leeds City College
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