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BTEC National Extended Diploma in Animal Management

Practical Vs Theory


Course overview

Expand your knowledge across a range of subject areas in the Animal Care and Management industries including animal health, anatomy and physiology, animal welfare, breed development, animal nutrition, husbandry, ecology and conservation and wildlife populations. Compulsory work placements will support your progressions to university or into industry with invaluable practical experience.


What Does The Programme Include

You will learn through a combination of theory and practical-based learning including written assesments, group discussions, presentations and practical handling.

Entry Requirements

5 GCSEs at grades 4/​C or above including English, maths and science, or a Merit in Animal Care Diploma Level 2 including GCSE English and maths at grade 4/​C or above, and a Distinction in Biology.

Incoporating English and maths GCSE resits into your timetable if you don’t meet the grades you need.

Worried about your grades?

Whatever your results, we want to assure you that extenuating circumstances will be considered should you not have the grades indicated above. 

We will review each application on a case-by-case basis to ensure you get a place on the course most suitable for you.

One of the ways we do this is through a very effective 6 weeks to success programme’ that operates from the first day you start your course. This includes support such as (but not limited to):

  • Allowing you to change courses if you change your mind in the first 6 weeks
  • Moving you between course levels if you are finding your current level too easy /​too hard
  • Incorporating English and maths GCSE resits in to your timetable if you don’t meet the grades you need
  • One-to-one reviews with your academic tutor to ensure you are progressing and achieving well

Our course enquiries and admissions team are available remotely throughout this unprecedented period. They can be contacted at enquiries@​stamford.​ac.​uk should you have any further questions.

How The Course Will Be Assessed

You will study 15 units overall, three of which will be assessed externally through exams. The remaining units will be assessed through a variety of methods including, practical assessments, written assignments, presentations and portfolios of evidence. You will also do 300 hours of work placement in year 2.

Additional Information

This course allows students to explore the many different careers available in the animal care industry. You will have access to over 50 different species housed in the on-site Animal Studies unit and develop necessary skills in animal management and husbandry. The Animal Studies unit includes a range of small mammals, reptiles, amphibians, fish and invertebrates, as well as a large outside area housing rabbits, guinea pigs, ferrets, birds, marmosets and meerkats. 

Additionally, the unit also benefits from a large practical classroom which is used for demonstrations, animal health assessments and animal training tutorials. You will be taught by lecturers with a range of industry experience such as canine nutrition, zoology, veterinary nursing and behaviour. 

You may have opportunities to take part in visits to zoos, wildlife centres, farms, kennels, and safari parks as well as industry events with the chance to speak to professionals who currently work within the sector.

There are hands on practical elements to this course and steel toe capped boots and sensible clothing is required although tunics will be provided for use whilst working on the Animal Studies Unit. All jewellery and piercings must be taken off during practicals and long hair tied back.

Potential Future Career

On successful completion of this course you can progress on the the HND in Animal Management at University Centre Peterborough, other degrees at University, or careers such as:

  • Zoo Keeper
  • Animal Behaviourist
  • Animal Welfare Inspector
  • Pet Shop Manager

Course Content

You will study 7 units in your first academic year including:

  • Animal Biology (Exam Based)
  • Animal Welfare and Ethics (Exam Based)
  • Practical Animal Husbandry
  • Animal Behaviour
  • Animal Health and Disease
  • Human Animal Interaction
  • Zoological Animal Health and Husbandry

In the second year, units studied will be:

  • Animal Breeding and Genetics (Exam Based)
  • Work Experience
  • Investigative Project
  • Animal Metabolism
  • Advanced Animal Nutrition
  • Principles of Animal Nursing
  • Exotic Animal Husbandry
  • Wildlife Ecology
  • Conservation Management


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The real hands-on experiences I have gained working with a range of species at College has allowed me to continue my studies and become a Veterinary Nurse.

Tom Curnow



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