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Animal Management Diploma Level 3

Bicton College Bicton LEVEL: 3 Animal Management & Veterinary Nursing

Our Level 3 Animal Management Diploma at Bicton College offers you the choice of university study or employment on successful completion of your course. There are one and two year options available with this pathway and we will work with you to decide which is best for you.

This is a 2 year course but you will need to pass the first year in order to progress onto the second.

Caring for animals can be an extremely fulfilling and rewarding career. From working in kennels and catteries to pet shops, rescue centres or sanctuaries, there is a wide range of careers available on successful completion of your course. With access to an array of animal collections on campus you will gain the practical training you need to pursue a career in this exciting industry. Our state of the art animal husbandry school at Bicton College provides dedicated access to a huge range of animal species such as meerkats, coatis and lemurs.

We offer three options for you to start your studies in the animal management industry depending on your GCSE results, our Level 2 and Level 1 courses are ideal should your GCSEs not be what you expected, with the option to progress to Level 2 or Level 3.

As part of your course you will be required to carry out Work Experience and/or an Industry Placement. For more details please click here.


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Ideal if:

You have a passion for working with animals and would like to pursue a career as a zookeeper, animal trainer, dog groomer or animal care assistant.

You’ll need:

Five GCSEs at grade C or 4, including English, maths and science.

You’ll learn:

Over the 2 years you will study a range of subjects which may include:

  • Animal behaviour and communication
  • Animal biology
  • Animal feeding and nutrition
  • Animal health and husbandry
  • Animal welfare and breed development
  • Work experience (150 hours)
  • Specialist project

Other units offered at Bicton:

  • Functional skills
  • Zoological animal health and husbandry
  • Animal nursing
  • Aquatics management
  • Estate skills
  • Kennel and cattery management
  • Exotic animal management
  • Pet store management
  • Wildlife populations, ecology and conservation
  • Wildlife management and rehabilitation
  • Avian management
  • Business management


To be assessed through synoptic assignment and exam alongside coursework.

You’ll love:

The opportunity to broaden your horizons with a life changing trip to Africa and field trips to zoos, wildlife parks and animal sanctuaries.

Gain valuable practical experience at all campuses with access to a wide range of animal collections.

Read more about the animals we have at Bicton College here.

You’ll go on to:

Employment or university study such as our FdSc Animal Health & Management, FdSc Animal Behaviour & Psychology, FdSc Animal Husbandry & Welfare, FdSc Zoological Conservation or BSc (Hons) Applied Zoology & Conservation.

Careers in this industry

  • Zookeeper
  • Animal Care Assistant
  • Dog Groomer
  • Animal trainer/behaviourist
  • Dog warden
  • Pet shop assistant



Animal Management Diploma

Start Date

September 2020




2 years

*Courses listed on this website are indicative of the subject, nature and level of study. The college reserves the right to alter specific qualifications titles, awarding bodies and levels of qualification, which can change in year. Any cost may also vary, based on personal funding eligibility. The Cornwall College Group reserves the right to withdraw any course listed at any time.