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Animal Management Level 3

Course code: EFCM103P

Subject area: Animal Care & Management

Study level: School Leaver

Course level: 3

Course details

Course time:

9:30am - 4:30pm

Days of week:

Monday to Friday

Course date:

11th Sep 2023 - 5th Jul 2024

Course location:

Common Leys Farm

Contact details


01993 208 148

This course combines both theory and practical work. The course covers the scientific aspects of animal care as well as the advanced aspects designed to give you a broad spectrum of knowledge and the opportunity for progression into higher education. It also incorporates the management of small animal establishments, including supervision. A period of industrial placement is an integral part of the course allowing you to work in a variety of animal management placements including zoos, pet shops, kennels or animal welfare organisations. You will also carry out duties on the college’s animal care unit. Methods of study will include demonstrations, lectures, tutorials, practical tasks and assignment work.

Assessment is by internally assessed coursework - written, practical and oral – plus an externally set and marked examination.

Course units

The course modules will include such topics as; animal health, biology, anatomy and physiology. animal nutrition, feeding, handling and safe working, exotic animal health and husbandry, work-related experience, retail merchandising, pet store design and animal management, investigative project, animal welfare and breed development, behaviour and communication, dog grooming, animal collection management, wildlife population ecology, conservation, wildlife management and rehabilitation, the principles of animal breeding and genetics and business management.

What next?

The Advanced Technical Certificate is equivalent to three A Levels and will equip students for Higher Education at college or at university on animal-related degree courses. Application through UCAS will be necessary. The College runs two FdSc degrees, one in Animal and Welfare and another in Animal Therapy and Rehabilitation and a BSC Top Up in Animal Welfare and Animal Therapy and Rehabilitation run in partnership with Oxford Brooke university.

Entry criteria

5 GCSES at grade 4 including English or Maths and Science (Combined or Biology) not lower than a grade 3


a pass in the subject at level 2, with English, Maths not lower than a grade 3

Fee information

In addition to the main course fees given below there is an additional cost of £140 for kit / clothing. An optional trip is also available costing £85. (Costs are given for guidance only.)

As part of your course we may organise trips to assist you with your learning. Trips are optional, and you will not be penalised if you choose not to participate.

There are bursaries available to help you with other course costs. Call 01235 216 212 for more information.

The rules on fee reduction are complicated and we would encourage you to talk to our Admissions staff on 01235 555 585 to discuss your options. You can find more information on our Fees and Bursaries page - search "Fees and Bursaries" at the top of the page.

Course fees

16-18 Fee:

Tuition Fee: £0.00

Exam Fee: £0.00

Kit / Clothing: £80.00

Total Cost: £80.00

19+ Fee:

Tuition Fee: £3,417.00

Exam Fee: £0.00

Kit / Clothing: £80.00

Total Cost: £3,497.00

19+ Reduced Fee:

Tuition Fee: £0.00

Exam Fee: £0.00

Kit / Clothing: £80.00

Total Cost: £80.00

Qualifications received

Level 3 City and Guilds Advanced Technical Certificate in Animal Management.

Learning & method assessment

Assessment is by internally assessed coursework, plus an externally set and marked examination.

User skills

Excellent English and Maths skills are essential for your success on your chosen course, for your progression onto further courses and into employment. From September 2014, whether you stay at school or go to college, you must continue developing your English and Maths skills. Abingdon and Witney College will offer you an exciting and relevant range of courses at all levels.

Students will develop knowledge and practical skills of Animal Management principles and practices.

Students will have the opportunity to work in a commercial setting on the farm, within the dog Grooming Parlour and in the Canine Hydrotherapy Centre.