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Extended Diploma in Animal Management

If you are serious about working with animals, this Animal Care 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. This course consists of a range of specialist, theoretical and practical units each year which include:
– Animal nursing
– Animal health
– Zoo husbandry
– Biology
– Exotics

You will also be required to undertake 150 hours of compulsory work experience a year.

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Sep 2023 : North Devon : Full-time
Course Code : FTB044 (2023)
Level : Level 3
Duration : 2 Years
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Course details


The course is assessed via a supervised written assignment, practical assessments, unit assignments and a written exam.

Entry Requirements

To be accepted onto this Level 3 programme, you must hold at least five GCSEs at grade 4 or above, including GCSE Maths and English Language.

English Literature would be accepted as an alternative to English Language. As well as 5 GCSE passes at grade 4 or above (including maths and English) you will be expected to have at least one pass 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.

Facilities and resources

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.


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 own 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.

Study Programme

Every full-time student at Petroc will have their own Study Programme which will include:

– Your academic or vocational qualification.

– Maths and English Language development – if you have not achieved GCSE grade 4 in either of these subjects.

– Work Experience – hours will vary depending on your qualification and course level.

– Tutor Support – to support your personal, academic and professional development.

– Sustainability – helping you to identify how you can improve the sustainability of your future employment sectors.

– Personal Development Awards – developing six key areas of personal and employability behaviours to prepare you for the working world.

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Starting Date : 08/09/2023
Course Code : FTB044 (2023) North Devon campus Apply

Why Petroc should be your first choice

Petroc offers high quality education and training across North and Mid Devon. We provide outstanding learning, excellent facilities, strong connections to employers and a supportive environment to help you fulfil your education goals and set you on your path to the career of your dreams.

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We offer a supportive and inclusive environment where you can flourish and feel a valued member of the college and wider community. 


Our teaching spaces and facilities are some of the best in the region, providing stimulating and true-to-life learning environments. 


We’ll provide you with the experiences you need to be ready for employment or the next step on your educational journey.

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