This qualification has been designed to develop the knowledge and skills to prepare you for employment within an animal care setting, furthering on from the Advanced Technical Certificate in Animal Management.

What you will learn 

The qualification includes units that will give an understanding of the following:

  • Wildlife and ecology conservation
  • Wildlife management and rehabilitation
  • Exotic animal health and husbandry
  • Zoological conservation
  • Farm livestock husbandry and welfare
  • Population surveys, ecology and conservation

You will be assessed by:

  • A written theory exam
  • Written coursework based assessments.
  • A synoptic exam

A synoptic is an assessment where through use of your practical skills and knowledge you can show what you have learned throughout the year. You will be allowed to research and makes notes to take into this exam to do the written elements (such as write a report, make a leaflet, make a care guide), which can be used in addition to a practical assessment.

Ideal if

You want to work with animals either directly hands- on or within wider allied services or businesses. Such as zookeeper, wildlife assistant, assistant warden, becoming self-employed and take on roles such as an animal trainer.

This qualification is ideal if you wish to progress up through to university, enabling you to gain UCAS points based on your final grade.

City & Guilds | Grading: Pass/Merit/Distinction/Distinction* UCAS points 32/64/96/112

What to expect

You will be able to have hands on experience with animal health and husbandry duties for the large variety of animals within the department. Animals including ferrets, rabbits and guinea pigs to smaller mammals such as a mouse and hamster. We have a range of reptiles, including snakes, a tortoise and turtle, geckos and a bearded dragon. We even have small inverts such as snails, tarantulas, millipedes and a mantis!

What next

This qualification enables you to apply to a range of animal based degrees at university. You could study courses such as: Animal Management Foundation Degree, BSc (Hons) in Animal Science, BSc (Hons) in Animal Management BSc (Hons) in Animal Management with Wildlife Conservation.

You could also go directly into work, in rescues, rehabilitation, pet shops, entry level roles in veterinary settings, kennels and catteries and grooming facilities.

Employer Engagement

Throughout the course you will be offered trips or professionals coming to the centre, to develop more knowledge of the sector. From rescues to zoo trips, or specialists coming in to give you an insight to what they do – so you can see what is out there for you!

Attendance days Tuesday and Thursday 09:00 – 15:30

Term time only. The term starts in September and finishes in July.

Students will be invited to attend an informal interview which will support your application.

Fees and Funding information

Please feel free to call regarding any queries about funding on 01752 202266.

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If you have any issues with applying online and need additional support including reasonable adjustments with the application process please contact the Admissions team on 01752 202269.