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Level 3 Diplomas In Animal Management

The Animal Management Unit is utilised throughout your course to help you develop a wide range of skills. These include practical hands-on skills looking after animals and also the wider skills needed in the workplace, such as teamwork and, in your second year on the Extended Diploma, supervising others. These are achieved through practical sessions during your timetable and also animal duties. Work experience and duties take place outside normal college hours and will include early morning duties, holidays and weekends throughout the course.

Course Duration:

Full Time

College Attendance:

Extended Diploma - 2 years.

90 Credit Diploma - 1 year.

5 days a week, 34 weeks per year plus work experience.

Campus

Hadlow Campus

Canterbury Campus

Mottingham Campus

Course Content:

Year 1 Extended Diploma and 90 Credit

  • Understand and promote animal health
  • Manage animal accommodation
  • Plan and monitor animal feeding
  • Understand the principles of animal biology
  • Undertake animal handling and safe working
  • Undertake and review work related experience in the land based industries
  • Understand and interpret animal behaviour and communication
  • Understand animal welfare and breed development
  • Undertake Pet Store Design and Animal Management
  • Understand and carry out the practice of exotic animal health and husbandry
  • Understand the principles of animal nutrition

Year 2 Extended Diploma

  • Understand animal anatomy and physiology
  • Undertake and review work related experience in the land based industries
  • Undertake estate skills
  • Undertake an investigative project in the land based sector
  • Understand the principles of animal nursing
  • Understand the principles of animal breeding and genetics
  • Understand the principles of animal nutrition
  • Understand the Principles of Zoological Animal health and Husbandry (Option)
  • Understand the principles and carry out the practice of biochemistry and microbiology
  • Participate in Business Planning and Improvement (Option)
  • Understand the principles of aquatics husbandry and management

Assessment Method:

Students will be assessed throughout the course using assignments, tests and practical observations. Students are encouraged to relate theory to practice in all assessments.

Entry Requirements:

180 Credit Diploma
Minimum of 5 GCSEs grades A*- C / 9 - 4 or equivalent (Level 2 Diploma at Merit), which must include GCSEs in English AND maths A*- C / 9 – 4 Grade

90 Credit Diploma
Minimum of 4 GCSEs A*- C / 9 - 4 Grade or equivalent (Level 2 Diploma at Merit), which must include GCSE in English OR maths A*- C / 9 – 4 Grade
- Progression route: 180 Credit Diploma level 3

Additional Experience:

Life experiences will also be taken into account when considering applications.

Progression Routes:

Extended Diploma
Successful students can progress into higher education or into employment.

90 Credit
Successful students can progress into the 2nd year of the Extended Diploma or into employment.

Additional Learning Opportunities:

Students may have the opportunity to undertake additional short qualifications as part of their course. These are designed to support future careers.

Specialist Equipment Needed

In addition to standard college equipment, students will need steel toe-capped boots, waterproof clothing, black cargo trousers and a Hadlow College jacket and t-shirt.

Available Clothing

Animal Management Jacket

Animal Management Sweatshirt

Animal Management Polo Shirt

Initially, upon finishing my GCSEs I enrolled straight into my school sixth-form to study A-Levels. However, after a year and since I’d always known that I wanted at some point to work with animals, I decided that sixth-form wasn’t for me. Instead, I chose to join Hadlow and study animal management. The course is a great starting point for any career within the animal industry. I’m still not 100% sure what specific career I want so, by getting a good broad understanding, the course is acting as a useful stepping stone to a degree or some other form of further training. At the moment I am thinking of specialising in either animal behaviour or marine animals, but, to do the latter I will need to find some work experience in aquariums so that I have some knowledge when I come to apply for jobs.

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Resources

  • Multi-million pound animal management home to a range of species
  • Small mammals, invertebrates, reptiles, amphibians, aquatics and grazing animals
  • Extensive paddock facilities
  • 6 custom built aviaries for exotic birds
  • Commercial dog grooming salon
  • Fully functioning veterinary nursing training suite equipped for teaching purposes

Typical Employers

Animal rescue centres, animal charities, zoos and wildlife parks, as well as educational institutions and retail outlets.

Industry Links

Students benefit from close ties with a number of different organisations including the Wildlife Heritage Foundation, the Kent Wildlife Trust as well as local zoos, wildlife parks and rare breed centres.

Please note that all programme specifications and course modules are subject to annual change.

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