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Animal Science - Level 3 Triple Diploma


Prepare for university and/or a career in the growing area of animal science with this exciting new Level 3 Triple Diploma.

Through a range of practical and theory sessions, you will learn the specifics of animal biology, interaction, training, behaviour, grooming and conservation.

A relevant work placement will allow you to develop your employability skills and there is even the opportunity to demonstrate your learning with your own pet at home.

Delivered in excellent facilities by a highly qualified team of tutors and technicians, the course features guaranteed progression to our BSc (Hons) Marine Biology (subject to completion criteria).

Next course dates

Start date Location Duration
02 Sep 2024
Bispham Campus
2 Years

Where can this subject lead?

Career progression

There are lots of jobs available working with animals including:

  • Dog training and care
  • Animal rescue work
  • Animal behaviour and welfare
  • Animal conservation

You might be interested in progressing to our BSc (Hons) Marine Biology, delivered at our University Centre in Blackpool and awarded by Lancaster University (one of the UK's top 10).

Key information

Entry Requirements

5 GCSEs grade 4 or above including Maths along with the following:

  • A successful interview with a tutor
  • The ability to study independently
  • A genuine interest in the subject
  • Good communication skills
  • Hardworking approach towards the industry

All 16-18 year-old applicants will be invited to attend an interview to meet a tutor and ask any questions they may have about the course.

Qualification obtained

BTEC National Extended Diploma in Animal Management

Fees and funding

Students who are 18 or under and resident in the EU pay no course fees. Read our tuition fees guide for students 19 and over.

Extra costs and equipment

There a few mandatory field trips planned for this course expected to cost a total of around £25 - 30.

If this is likely to affect your application, please do speak to us (either by calling us on 01253 504496 or speaking to our Careers Team at our open events and enrolment) as help with these costs might be available, depending on your circumstances.

Regulation and Accreditation

Accrediting Institution: N/A

Awarding Body: Pearson

Regulatory Body: Ofsted

Terms and conditions

Read our full terms and conditions for more information.

What will I learn?

Essential skills: English and Maths

If you achieve a grade 3 in GCSE Maths or English you will have to work towards re-sitting these subjects as part of your main study programme.

At B&FC, this won't delay your career journey because you're working towards these subjects at the same time as your chosen subject.

Industry placement, field trips and guest speakers

This course features a compulsory work placement (minimum 20 hours), with the opportunity to develop your skills in a realistic industry setting.

You can also look forward to field trips to local animal institutions.

How will I learn?

We use a variety of learning and teaching methods, designed to emphasise the link between knowledge and application.

These include lectures, demonstrations, practical investigations, seminars, workshops, tutorials, project work, supervised independent learning, open and resource-based learning, online learning and a work placement.

Teaching is both tutor-led and student-led, with group work playing a part as well as individual learning to provide a well-rounded learning experience that caters for different learning styles.

The course comprises a total of 400 timetabled hours and you will be expected to devote an additional 100 hours to online learning.

Expert tutors

All staff involved in the delivery of further education courses within the College are approved to teach the subjects and modules they deliver.

The approval process ensures that staff delivering a given programme are appropriately qualified and where appropriate, possess relevant technical and industrial experience and professional practice.

How will I be assessed?

How will I be assessed?

You will cover the following modules as part of this course:

  • Animal Breeding and Genetics
  • Animal Genetics
  • Animal Welfare and Ethics
  • Practical Animal Husbandry
  • Practical Skills in Animal Science
  • Animal Behaviour
  • Animal Health and Diseases
  • Work Experience in the Animal Sector
  • Investigate Research Project
  • Animal Metabolism
  • Advanced Animal Nutrition
  • Animal Grooming
  • Aquatic Animal Health and Husbandry
  • Human and Animal Interaction
  • Wildlife Ecology and Conservation Management

The first three modules listed above are assessed externally, while all of the others are assessed by coursework.