This course will provide you with a broad range of knowledge and understanding about a wide range of animals, whilst preparing you for progression by supporting your development of employability skills or progression on to your year two programme in Animal Management, depending on your career goals.
You will have the exciting opportunity to work with a range of species in our highly prized and industry relevant animal unit, including; cockroaches and crickets, to meerkats and other exotic species and more. Developing animal handling and husbandry skills and building knowledge about each species you work with in their specialist environments, with a critical look at behaviour, habitat and welfare.
- Animal welfare and ethics
- Practical animal husbandry
- Animal behaviour
- Animal health and diseases
- Work experience (including two-week external placement each academic year)
- Animal biology
- Animal nursing.
- Animal breeding and genetics
- Investigative research project
- Practical skills in animal science
- Business management
- Animal metabolism
- Exotic animal husbandry
- Advanced animal nutrition
- Farm livestock husbandry.
Two years full-time. Normally in college three days per week and one day in work placement.
Almost all areas of the animal industry require experience and qualifications. Our Level 3 courses allow you to collect UCAS points to enable you to move on to a Foundation Degree or BSc Hons Degree, which in turn gives you the best start in the industry. This course will support your progression into Animal Science and / or Welfare, as well as into a Bioveterinary Science or Veterinary Nursing Degree. Please check with the university you wish to study with to ensure you choose the correct units.
The practical skills that are gained and consolidated throughout the course stand you in good stead for joining the animal industry with a strong work ethic and reputation behind you launch your career. Whether it be working in commercial kennels, animal rescue centres, laboratories, veterinary practices, zoos and animal collections or self-employed as a dog walker, pet sitter, dog groomer or running animal parties.
A range of coursework, exams and practical assessments, graded at pass, merit or distinction.
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Four GCSEs at grade 4 or C or equivalent, including all Sciences, English and Maths. A satisfactory academic reference is also needed.
*If you have four GCSEs at grade 4 but not Science you will be offered Level 2 Diploma in Animal Care and will then move to one of our other Level 3 courses following successful completion.
*If you have Science at grade 4 but Maths and English are at grade 3 or below but you have other grade 4 GCSEs, we may offer you the Level 3 with English and Maths.
BTEC Level 3 in Animal Management (Behaviour and Welfare)
Summer had always wanted to work with animals, but didn’t know in what capacity.
Now, having spent time studying Animal Management at Riseholme College, she is determined to one day run her own zoo to help educate others about exotic wildlife.
Having secured a work experience placement at an animal sanctuary with tigers and jaguars, she is confident her time at College will provide her with the perfect platform she needs to launch her dream career.
“I wanted to come here because there is a wider variety of animals to work with than elsewhere. I’ve grown up with a lot of different types of animals as pets and I’ve always been interested in working with them, I just didn’t know exactly how.” Summer said.
“Now that I’ve been at Riseholme I know that I would like to work with exotic animals. One of my biggest aims is to become a zookeeper – it would be amazing to own my own zoo and teach people things about animals they have never been in contact with before.
“I’ve learned so much here. There is always something to do and it is never the same. Every single week there is something different that needs doing. I came here not knowing anyone here and now I know everyone – people are so friendly.”