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Course Code
21003 23
Course Title
Level 3
2 Year(s)
Entry Requirements

Four GCSEs at grades 9-4, A-C (English at Grade 4/C is desirable) or a relevant Level 2 qualification. A real interest in animals, science and business, as well as the motivation to succeed are important. If you do not meet your requirement, please ask about our Level 2 programmes.

Start Date
September 2023
16-18 £0.00
Funded £0.00
Non-Funded £2,573.00

Course content

  • Enthusiasm for animals
  • Looking for practical work experience
  • Prepared to be working outdoors in all weather conditions
  • Keen interest in learning the theory involved in animal husbandry and biological systems
  • 2-Year course.
  • Assignments throughout the year
  • End of year exams

This course focuses on animal management, conservation and covers a more in-depth knowledge of animal breeding, genetics, biology and behaviour. You will develop hands on practical work throughout the programme and develop your knowledge of the ethical, welfare, husbandry and nutritional needs of a range of different animals. This course will allow you do develop on the foundations you have already learnt and develop your knowledge and experience further.

Your Study Programme includes valuable additions to help you succeed!

  • English & Maths: For all students who have not achieved a grade 4 or higher in GCSE Maths or English, we will be required to restudy and sit these exams again throughout your time with us, alongside your vocational course.
  • Personal Professional Development sessions (PPD) will teach you valuable skills that employers are looking for including communication, time management and life skills that you can take with you anywhere you go!
  • You will have a regular 1:1 appointment with highly qualified and experienced professionals who will help you to manage your workload, give you valuable feedback and ensure that you meet College expectations.
  • Careers Advice & Guidance is available throughout your time at CBC from our friendly, dedicated Advisors. They can provide you with a wide range of support including CV writing, UCAS applications, interview skills and much more.


Dunstable Kingsway Campus.

How will I learn?

You will learn through a variety of different methods during your course to develop your skills. Your areas of study will include:

  • Animal breeding and genetics
  • Welfare and ethics
  • Practical animal husbandry
  • Animal biology,
  • Animal health and disease
  • Animal behaviour
  • Wildlife ecology and conservation
  • Zoo and Exotic animal health and husbandry

How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed through both practical and theoretical assignments throughout both years of the course as well as final year exams. Your assessments throughout this course, will keep you on track to achieve; these could include observations in your work placement, assignment tasks and a portfolio of evidence to support your learning. On top of the exams each year.

Equipment and other costs

For your work experience, you will require to purchase a pair of overalls and steel-capped boots or wellington boots. It is also recommended that you purchase a copy of the ‘Pearson REVISE BTEC National Animal Management Revision Guide’, as this will contain the core content for the end of year exams.

What additional work outside of college will I need to do?

3 days per week, you will attend our Dunstable campus. In addition, you will also be required to complete a set number of work experience hours throughout your course. Other trips may be made available.

Do I need to find a work placement? Do I need a DBS?

For the first year of this course, you won’t need to find a placement as we provide this for you however the second year you will have to arrange your own work placement. To arrange your placement you will first have to contact placements within the animal sector (this could be a vets, a farm, a zoo, a dog groomers/walking service etc) and see if they take volunteers. If they do, you will need to fill out a placement form with the employer’s details and hand it back to the college careers team. This will then be processed and a health and safety check will be carried out by the college. Once this has been complete, the student will be allowed to begin their placement. Students should give plenty of notice for this process.

What have students who have taken this course in the past progressed onto?

Upon completing your course, you have a great range of options available to help you continue your adventure. You may choose to continue your studies by attending university, where you could study a range of degrees including, Zoology, Veterinary science, Wildlife conservation or Animal behaviour to name a few. There are also a range of employment and apprenticeship options available to you following this course.

What are the expected employment sectors for this course?

There is an array of positions that you could go onto on completion of this course, these include:

  • Trainee kennel hand
  • Trainee Dog groomer
  • Apprentice Zookeeper
  • Farm worker
  • Trainee animal technician
  • Trainee animal assistant
  • Trainee groom (horse yard worker)
  • Pet shop assistant
  • Trainee RSPCA inspector
  • Assistant countryside ranger
  • Apprentice ecologist