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Eden Land-Based & Animal Studies Courses at Lancaster & Morecambe College

Animal Management Level 3

egg-timerFull Time
arrowLevel 3
hat16-18, Adult FT
calendar2 Years
pinLancaster & Morecambe College
Start date: 04/09/2023

This course will provide you with the base knowledge required for a range of careers in the Animal Management industry with a specific focus on wildlife, ecology and conservation. It will provide specialist studies relevant within the industry and help you develop a range of skills and techniques essential for successful performance in working life.

The timetable will cover 4 days per week in College; lessons are classroom-based theory lessons with some practical workshop sessions where you will gain the required underpinning knowledge of domestic and wild animals and the practical husbandry skills with a variety of small animals. It also expected that 10-15 hours per week of home study is completed.

In Year 1, the qualification you will gain is the City & Guilds Level 3 Advanced Technical Diploma in Animal Management and in Year 2 you will gain the City & Guilds Level 3 Advanced Technical Extended Diploma in Animal Management. Both courses are assessed by formal written exams, formal synoptic practical exam, written assignments, projects, coursework and observation of practical competence.

Course Overview

This course includes a substantial amount of careers related learning designed to support progression to the suitable next step, this could include educational trips, employability skills sessions and employer encounters such as guest speakers. For 16-18 year old learners this will be delivered as a study programme which includes English and Maths where applicable.

Work related experience is a mandatory part of the qualification - you must complete a minimum of 150 hours of work within a Land-based industry setting. This will take place 1 day per week in addition to the 4 timetabled days in College.

Key subjects that will be covered include:

  • Health and Safety

  • Animal Health & Welfare

  • Animal Husbandry

  • Animal Behaviour

  • Animal Nutrition

  • Biological Systems

The course may include educational visits to organisations such as:

  • Blackpool Zoo

  • Chester Zoo

  • Greenland’s Farm

  • World Horse Welfare

  • RSPB Fairhaven

  • Leighton Hall Estate

Students will also be visited by a number of guest speakers who will deliver informative talks and workshops. Guest speakers in the past have come from organisations such as:

  • AJ Exotics and Pet Supplies

  • Bay Vets Ltd

  • Creepy Crawly Roadshow

  • Canine Company Dog Walkers

  • PAT Sanctuary

Industry Links

Work related experience is an essential part of the Eden Land-based & Animal Studies curriculum allowing students to apply the knowledge they have gained in class and develop the work behaviours required for the industry.

It is a mandatory element of the course and students are required to complete a minimum number of 150 hours in a Land-based work environment.

Support is available from our Work Placement Co-ordinator but students are required to find and contact potential employers independently.

Progression Routes

Upon course completion you may choose to go onto higher education or alternatively, you may begin your career in the Land-based & Animal Care industry. Exciting job roles in this industry include:

  • Zookeeper

  • Pet Shop Manager

  • Dog Groomer

  • Zoologist

  • RSPCS Inspector

  • Behaviour Consultant

  • Ecologist

  • Animal Rescue Officer

  • Countryside Ranger

  • Veterinary Nurse

  • Biologist

You can discover all the opportunities available to you by exploring the full list of careers in this industry.

Entry Requirements

To study this course, you must:

  • Show enthusiasm for the subject area

  • Demonstrate a commitment to study

  • Be prepared to work outdoors in all weather conditions

  • Have good interpersonal skills

  • Be able to work independently

  • Follow a strict set of health & safety rules and dress code

You must also have 5 GCSEs at grade C/4 or higher including English and Maths OR a related Level 2 qualification with a minimu of a merit grade, PLUS grade C/4 or higher in Maths & English.

How to Apply

If you would like to apply for this course, please click 'Apply' in the top right, follow the steps, and our Admissions Team will be in touch with you.

For more information, advice and guidance please phone Student & Learning Services on 01524 521385 or 0800 306306 or email

Course code: A30048-A1A