Animal Management Level 3

Start Date
Course Course
Animal Care
Hillsborough Campus

About this Course

This qualification is a two year, full-time course that specialises in the animal management sector. It is designed for students who wish to focus their studies on this sector, with a firm intention of progressing to employment in one of the wide variety of roles available. The new BTEC Nationals have been created in collaboration with employers and representatives from higher education and relevant professional bodies so you know that the content is up to date and that it includes the knowledge, understanding, skills and attributes required in the sector. Students will cover topics such as breeding and genetics, animal welfare, animal behaviour and practical animal husbandry.

Key Units

The qualifications consists of eight mandatory units and seven optional units.

Mandatory Units
Animal Breeding & Genetics
Students will study the science of genes and genetic factors influencing the management of breeding animals and develop skills to evaluate and care for breeding stock and offspring.

Animal Biology
Students will study animal anatomy and physiology at the systemic and cellular level, along with the science of animal classifications.

Animal Welfare & Ethics
Students will study the ethics, regulations, legislation and practices associated with animal welfare in animal-related industries.

Practical Animal Husbandry
Students will explore the skills needed to manage high standards of health and welfare for a variety of animals by meeting their essential needs.

Animal Behaviour
Students will explore normal and abnormal behaviours in a range of animals and how these behaviours develop, plus learn how to observe, record and interpret animal behaviour.

Animal Health & Diseases
Students will study common indicators of animal health, diseases and disorders as well as treatments and prevention methods in order to detect and protect animals from illness.

Work Experience in the Animal Sector
Students will study roles available in the animal sector and the progression routes required to attain them, and develop communication and employability skills through study and work experience

Investigative Research Project
Students will study the principles and purposes of research in the animal sector and develop the skills needed to conduct their own small-scale research project.

Optional Units
  • Practical Skills in Animal Science
  • Animal Metabolism
  • Advanced Animal Nutrition
  • Business Management in the Animal Sector
  • Animal Management in a Retail Environment
  • Animals in Boarding Establishments
  • Developing an Enterprise in the Animal Sector
  • Animal Grooming
  • Principles of Animal Nursing
  • Aquatic Animal Health and Husbandry
  • Farm Livestock Husbandry
  • Human and Animal Interaction
  • Exotic Animal Husbandry

Entry Requirements

5 GCSEs at grade C/4 or above, including English Language, Maths and Double Science.


Assessment for this course takes the form of:

  • Assignments
  • Practical demonstrations
  • Exams/tests
  • Research portfolio
  • Reflective reports

Where does this Lead

There are many roles in this sector where recruitment is at graduate level. The qualification carries UCAS points and is recognised by higher education providers as meeting admission requirements to many relevant courses, for example:

  • BSc (Hons) in Animal Management
  • BSc (Hons) in Agriculture
  • Foundation Degree in Animal Management and Behaviour (FdSc)
  • Foundation Degree in Animal Management (FdSc)
  • HNC Animal Management - offered at The Sheffield College
Students should always check the entry requirements for degree programmes at specific higher education providers.

Future Opportunities

This qualification will prepare students for direct employment in the animal management sector, and is suitable for those who wish to enter a particular specialist area of work, such as:

  • animal technician in an animal breeding, educational centre or research organisation
  • animal welfare centre manager in a range of industries, including boarding establishments, sanctuaries and city farms
  • pet-store manager
  • animal nutritionist
  • kennel and cattery manager
  • rescue centre manager
  • assistant zookeeper
  • animal officer/inspector
  • livestock manager

Tell Me More

About the animal care sector

The animal care sector is developing rapidly into a service industry meeting the broad demands of the animal-owning and interested public. Animal care is worth £1 billion to the UK economy. This sector has 20,000 businesses, 78,000 employees and many volunteers. There are many different career paths and opportunities for those wishing to work in animal care, which range from working with small to large animals, and domesticated to exotic animals, in sub-sector areas such animal welfare, business, science and wildlife conservation.

Extra Costs

You may be required to provide your own overalls (available to purchase through the college for approximately £15) and a pair of wellington/steel toe-capped boots. Students may also purchase a Sheffield College animal care polo-shirt, however this is not a required/mandatory uniform.

Students are also advised to provide a USB memory stick so that they can store their work/assignments. 

Please be aware that students will be required to organise their own travel arrangements to and from their placement.

Students who are in financial hardship may be eligible to apply for a Student Support Fund to help them with course related expenses. 

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