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    Level 3 - Diploma in Practical Animal Care Skills

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    Animal Studies

    This qualification aims to provide a good level of practical skills that will support a student seeking a career in the animal care industry.

    Course Information

    • Qualification: Level 3 - Diploma in Practical Animal Care Skills
    • Course Code: E13570 / O13570
    • Start Date: 07/09/2020
    • Duration: 1 year (3-4 days per week)
    • Campus: Easton, Otley
    • Entry requirements: Students wishing to undertake this course require 4 GCSE's at Grade 9-4 (A-C) or a Level 2 qualification with the minimum of Pass profile, plus English and maths at Grade 4 (C.)


    It provides basic knowledge and understanding of a range of species and it develops a students working practices in relation to safety and the workplace.  

    Course Content

    • Implement, monitor and evaluate plans for the health and welfare of animals
    • Promote, monitor and maintain health, safety and security in the workplace
    • Plan the handling and restraint of animals
    • Plan, supervise and control the movement of animals
    • Plan the accommodation of animals
    • Monitor and evaluate the accommodation of animals
    • Plan diets and feeding regimes for animals
    • Monitor and evaluate the feeding of animals
    • Plus a range of optional units

    This is a one year academic programme, starting in September. Attendance to all aspects of the study programme is required, typically 3-4 days per week on campus and a fifth day in work placement.  Students must also complete 150 hours of work experience alongside attendance at college to achieve this qualification. Typical placements may include kennels, catteries, pet shops, farms, farm parks, zoos, animal sanctuaries, animal rescue centres and veterinary practices.

    To achieve the Level 3 Diploma in Animal Care (Zoos/Wildlife Establishments) students will be assessed using a range of practical demonstrations and written assignments which will be used to compile a portfolio of evidence.

    This qualification could help you find work within the animal industry, alternatively students may progress onto an apprenticeship.

    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.