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Level 3 National Extended Diploma in Animal Management


About The Course

Please be aware that there is now a waiting list for our Level 3 National Extended Diploma in Animal Management course. Applications will still be accepted and placed onto a waiting list from those applicants who meet the entry criteria for the qualification (see below) and have fully completed an application form. However, interviews/offers will not take place until a later date. If you have any queries, please email: enquiries@bca.ac.uk

Our Level 3 course provides a range of different sized options in terms of modules covered, level of study and providing opportunities for progression either into employment or higher education. 

The majority of our students take a two-year programme completing an Extended Diploma in Animal Management which is equivalent to three A-levels. Students are able to develop practical skills in animal husbandry and gain underpinning knowledge of animal-related topics. Students will work with a range of animals inclusive of small mammals, farm livestock, exotic and zoo species housed in our extensive animal collection which is managed by our highly experienced and knowledgeable Animal Technicians. 

The courses also provide an opportunity for students to develop employability skills alongside gaining confidence in becoming independent learners.

Entry Requirements

Five GCSEs at grade 5 or above, including English, maths and science. It is ideal for those wishing to progress to university or continue with further academic studies on completion.


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This course can lead to employment within: 

  • Dog training, pet sitting/dog walking services
  • Veterinary nursing
  • Animal rehoming/welfare 
  • Animal science research
  • Conservation fieldwork
  • Media research
  • Animal handling in the military/police
  • Zoo-keeping
  • Animal technician

Students can also progress (subject to meeting specified entry requirements) into higher education studying subjects such as animal behaviour and welfare, zoology, animal science, conservation and ecology or veterinary nursing.