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    Level 3 - Advanced Technical Extended Diploma in Animal Management

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    The Level 3 Advanced Technical Extended Diploma in Animal Management is a full-time nationally recognised vocational course that is equivalent to 3 A Levels.

    Course Information

    • Qualification: Level 3 - Advanced Technical Extended Diploma in Animal Management
    • Course Code: E13321 / O13321
    • Start Date: 07/09/2020
    • Duration: 2 years (3-4 days per week)
    • Campus: Easton, Otley
    • Entry requirements: This course is suited to students who hold four GCSEs at Grades 9-4 / A-C, including Maths, English and Science; or hold a Level 2 Diploma in Animal Care at Merit Level, plus Functional Skills at Level 2. Other Level 2 qualifications are accepted and must be at merit profile plus Science and Maths GCSE at Grades 9-4 / A-C.


    The course is suited to you if you are seeking managerial/supervisory employment in the animal care industry or to progress into Higher Education. The course offers you the opportunity to work with a range of animals including dogs, rodents, reptiles and farm livestock.  You must complete 300 hours work experience in the animal care industry alongside your attendance at college to achieve the full qualification. Typical placements may include kennels, catteries, pet shops, farms, farm parks, zoos, animal sanctuaries, animal rescue centres and veterinary practices. The course offers a blend of theory, task-based learning, tutorials and practical workshops at college combined with field visits and work experience in the animal care industry.

    Course content

    Year 1

    • Principles of Health and Safety, Undertake and Review Work Related Experience in the Land-based Industries, Animal Health and Husbandry, Animal Feeding and Nutrition, Animal Behaviour and Communication, Biological Systems of Animals, Animal Welfare and Breeding, Business Management in the Land-based Sector, Undertake a Specialist Project in the Land-based Sector.
      Students may select options in year 2 depending on availability and campus:

    Year 2

    • Animal Breeding & Genetics, Exotics Management, Principles of Animal Nursing, Business Management, Fundamentals of Science, Principles of Chemistry for Biological & Medical Science, Biochemistry & Microbiology, Investigative Project, Retail Merchandising, Practice of Wildlife Population Surveys, Ecology & Conservation, Estate Skills, Wildlife Management & Rehabilitation, Zoological Animal Health & Husbandry, Aquatics Management, Kennel & Cattery Management, Pet Shop Management, Dog Grooming, Animal Collections, Farm Livestock Husbandry

    You can progress onto the BSc (Hons) Zoology, FdSc Animal Science & Welfare or FdSc Wildlife Management & Conservation or alternative courses in Higher Education.

    Alternatively, you may seek employment in the animal management industry.

    Applications for Further Education full time, access to HE, apprenticeships and part time courses are made online. Go on to the relevant course page and click on the 'Apply Now' button to start the application process. Applications for short courses are made by contacting the College Admissions Team on 08000 224556. Higher Education programme applications should be made via UCAS in the first instance, UCAS website

    Applications for accommodation usually open late Spring. For more information pleae see the following link; Student accommodation

    Students aged 19 ( as of 31 August) and above can study any of our part time or short courses as well as our Access to Higher Education and Higher Education programme. Some of floristry, horticulture and arboriculture courses may also be available to adult learners. Please contact the College Admissions Team for more information, 08000 224556. Adult learning

    Yes, you can speak to the College Admissions Team on 08000 224556 who can provide general course choice advice and guidance or you can drop in to one of our Course Advice Days.

    Course Advice Days are normally held on Saturday morning's from 9am-12pm. They provide an excellent opportunity to speak to course tutors, find out more about the courses we offer, have a tour of the facilities and speak to Student Services about any non academic questions like transport or bursaries. Dates are advertised on our website. Course Advice Day

    We also have our campus open days, known as a 'Big Day Out' which take place in the summer term. Both campuses and facilities are available for you to explore, speak to tutors and students, watch demonstrations and have a go at activities. If you like what you see you can also make an application on the day. Details on the Big Day Out will be advertised on our website nearer the time

    Please see the following links for more information on applying for your bus pass;Easton transport information or Otley transport information

    Please contact the College Admissions Team on 08000 224556 who will be able to advise of any future interview dates and rebook your interview to a suitable date.

    To cancel your application pleae contact the College Admissions Team on 08000 224556 or use the contact us form on our website.

    The College Admissions Team will send out letters to all students aged 19 and over, on relevant courses, providing all the information needed from Easton & Otley College to enable you to make an online application with Student Finance England. These letters will be sent out during the summer term.

    Applications for the college bursary are made online. You should make sure that you read the guidance notes prior to making an application to ensure that you are eligible. Further information can be found on Financial Support

    For students resident in England and aged 18 and under on 31 August, before they are due to start their course in September, then your full time course fees are fully funded. For students aged 19 and over, and those looking to study a short course, please contact the College Admissions Team for more details on 08000 224556.