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Animal Management - Level 3 - Full-time (North Devon)

Level 3 Vocational
Course Code:
North Devon Campus
Two years

If you are serious about working with animals, this study programme will give you excellent academic and practical preparation to work within an animal setting. Throughout the study programme, you will have a tutor with relevant experience in the field to help support you.

I like the course because it gives me the foundation and knowledge so I can go on to a wide variety of jobs; it opens a lot of doors for me. - Former student


The course consists of a range of specialist, theoretical and practical units each year which include:
- animal nursing
- animal health
- zoo husbandry
- biology
- exotics
...and a compulsory work experience element of 150 hours per year.
The course is assessed via a supervised written assignment, practical assessments, unit assignments and a written exam.
To be accepted onto a two-year Level 3 programme, all entrants must hold at least a grade 4 in GCSE Maths and a grade 4 in GCSE English, as well as at least three other GCSEs at grade 4 (C) or above. Certain subjects require a minimum of GCSE grade 6.

We ask for a minimum grade 4 or above in a Science subject. Ideally, you will also have had prior work experience within an animal care setting.
The course will enable you to work within an animal care setting or progress onto university. Previous students who have studied this qualification have gone on to gain employment in zoos, conservation organisations, kennels and catteries, animal welfare charities and animal training.

Your course tutor will give you lots of advice and guidance on how you can progress.
We have a dedicated Animal Centre at Petroc. The range of animals and specialist equipment develop your skills to allow you to compete in a highly-competitive job market. These facilities include a tropical room, rodent room, guinea pig and rabbit room, Blue Cross rehoming cattery, aviary and an outside enclosure for goats.

At the Petroc Dog Grooming Studio we have specialist equipment to provide anything from a basic bath and dry, to a full groom including a nail clip and ear clean. The studio is open to the public and gives students the opportunity to engage with customers and hone their skills on visiting canine clients.
On your first day at college, you'll need to bring your GCSE certificates and details of any work experience you may have had to complete as part of your offer conditions for a place on the course.
Learners can expect to pay an additional cost of £25 for overalls to wear during practical sessions in our animal care centre.
Please contact the Advice & Guidance Centre on 01271 852422 for more information.
Q: Will I have to handle a species I have a phobia of?
A: A phobia is a very personal thing. You will not be made to handle a species, but you will be encouraged and supported to overcome your phobia at your pace.

Q: Will I need any work experience to get a place on the course?
A: All applications are considered on an individual basis, but work experience with animals is often asked for. Even if you have kept your own pets, this can be very different to working in the animal industry. This also enables you to make an informed decision about your future career aims.