This new course is designed to serve the needs of all aspects of the animal sector, including companion animals, zoological and welfare aspects of the animal management industry and provide the basis for progression into further training, technical and practical skills you will need in your career. You will also have the opportunity to gain vital work experience in local animal businesses to develop industry knowledge and skills, try out the career you have set your sights on.
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
- Farm livestock husbandry.
- English and Maths, as required.
- Animal breeding and genetics
- Investigative research project
- Practical skills in animal science
- Business management
- Exotic animal husbandry
- Animal nursing
- Animals in boarding establishments
- Human and animal Interactions.
Two years full-time. Normally in college three days a week and one day in work placement.
Students can progress to a range of degree programmes at Riseholme College.
Work as a zoologist, aquarist, habitat specialist, animal biologist, animal cruelty investigator, reptile farmer, marine ecologist, animal shelter manager and many more. There are also opportunities for self-employment.
A range of coursework, exams and practical assessments, graded at pass, merit or distinction.
Four GCSEs at grade 4 or equivalent, including Science, English and Maths, or a relevant BTEC Level 2 / First Diploma or equivalent*. 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.”