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Animal Care - Level 3


As a Level 3 Animal Care student you can expect to take your current knowledge and practice in animal management to the next level; helping you to move into employment (or onto further study) upon completion. At this level, you will spend two-three days in college, and one day a week at White Post Farm; giving you opportunities you just can’t get from textbooks. You’ll gain further insight into the workings of a local farm, and will develop additional skills in taking care of a variety of animals, from reptiles to livestock.

On completion, you’ll achieve the City & Guilds Level 3 Advanced Technical Diploma in Animal Management.

Entry requirements

4 GCSEs at grade 4/C or above. This must include GCSE English language at grade 4/C or above and either GCSE maths or science at 4/C or above with at least a grade 3/D in the remaining subject, or Level 2 in Animal Care (or related qualifications at merit level) with English, maths and science qualifications as stated above.

Start dates and fees

Start DateDurationCodeAnnual Fee (Age)Actions
16-18over 19
Sep 20201 yr(s)1127A1FREEFREE* to £4425.00Apply

* If you are aged 19-23 and studying your first Level 3 course then that course may be free. Please contact us for more details. If you are aged 19 or over and either studying a second Level 3 course or qualifying Level 4, 5 or 6 course you may be able to apply for an Advanced Learner Loan to cover the costs.

How long is the course?

One year


How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed through an exam which is linked to all the core modules. You will also be assessed through coursework and a synoptic assessment (which incorporates practical assessments and controlled course work).

What will I study?

Units of study may include:

  • Principles of Health and Safety
  • Animal Health and Husbandry
  • Undertake and Review Work related experience in the Land based Industries                        
  • Animal Feeding and Nutrition        
  • Animal Welfare and Breeding                
  • Animal Behaviour and Communication     
  • Exotic Animal Health and Husbandry
  • Kennel and Cattery Management

Study programmes

It is an entry requirement for some courses to have gained GCSEs A*-C in English and maths (see entry requirements). If the entry requirements to a course do not require A*-C in these subjects, and you haven’t already gained GCSEs A*-C in English and maths before joining us, you will continue to study English and maths as part of your programme and take appropriate qualifications in these subjects with the aim of achieving A* to C grade. In addition, to help you gain essential skills for employment, every student aged under 19 and studying a full-time course at college will take part in our study programmes alongside their main subject qualification. Find out more.

What can I go on to study?

How do I apply?

Apply online


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