Level 3 Advanced Technical Extended Diploma in Animal Management (720)

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Fine-tune your animal management skills and prepare to work directly with animals, or in related services and businesses, with our Level 3 Extended Diploma at Writtle College.

This course will suit you if you’re passionate about caring for animals – whether that’s in a hands-on role, or through businesses such as pet stores, kennels, catteries and zoos.

As a student at Writtle College you’ll use our animal studies centre, with its aquatic, reptile and companion animal rooms. It’s part of our rural campus, which, as well as housing small animals, is home to horses and farm livestock.

You’ll also gain valuable experience with a work placement. While on placement, you’ll complete a portfolio of work that contributes toward your final grade.

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Hands-on learning

Join an Animal Management course at Writtle College and:

  • study on our 150-hectare campus with its specialist animal centres and working farm
  • take part in animal handling practicals involving work with a wide range of domesticated and captive species
  • help to support animals’ basic living and nutrition needs
  • go on study trips and gain experience through a work placement.
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Outstanding student support

Join our student community and:

  • learn from experienced tutors, who'll provide encouragement and feedback
  • make full use of facilities including library and IT resources
  • access support, should you need it, with study skills, careers advice, health and wellbeing, and more.

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Careers and educational progression

Having completed our Level 3 Advanced Technical Extended Diploma, you’ll be ready to work in the animal care and management industries. You might join an animal welfare organisation, veterinary practice, wildlife park or perhaps a business such as a pet store or feed company. Potential job roles include:

  • Animal care assistant
  • Kennel or cattery workers/supervisor
  • Animal hospital care assistant
  • Pet store assistant
  • Apprentice in an animal care business

Or you might choose to continue your studies, by progressing to a university degree course. Options at ARU Writtle – which shares a campus with Writtle College – include BSc (Hons) Animal Management and BSc (Hons) Animal Science.

Apply now for Level 3 Advanced Technical Extended Diploma in Animal Management (720)

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