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Animal Management National Extended Diploma

This two year course is all about developing you as an expert in animal handling and management, taking your love for animals and your existing skills one step further. You’ll begin to look at more complex topics within the animal care industry, including animal nursing; breeding and genetics; ecology and conservation; biology and disease; and animal behaviour.

You will be taught through practical sessions, group and individual work, lectures and research. You will be supported to gain a work experience placement within the Animal Care Industry as an essential part of preparing you for employment. You will study most modules at the College with access to our excellent animal care facilities, You will study animal husbandry at Paignton Zoo, where we have access to our own classroom.

As with all of animal care courses, you’ll be taught by experienced professionals in some of the best facilities around. The care and handling of our animals is our priority, and you’ll be a crucial part of our team looking after them. It’s here that you will put all of the theory into practice and continue to develop your skills, making you an expert in animal care and ready to enter industry or go on to study at university.

After completing this course, you could progress to the FdSc Animal Science degree and the BSc (hons) Applied Animal Science top-up at University Centre South Devon, apply to other university courses or seek employment working in zoos, wildlife parks, organisations such as the RSPCA, conservation groups, or working in animal behaviour and training.

We have a dedicated support team who will be available throughout your studies, who can talk through all of your choices and help guide you in making a decision. Together with your tutors, they’ll make sure you find the right option that will help you achieve your goals and find your dream job in the animal care industry.

Entry requirements: you must have three GCSEs at grade 5 and at least three GCSEs at grade 4 including English, maths and science. Alternatively, you must have achieved a Level 2 Technical Certificate or Diploma (with merit) in a science related subject.

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“I really enjoyed my studies on the Level 3 Animal Management course. The tutors were extremely supportive, and there were regular trips and industry speakers. I want to work in veterinary practice, and I’m excited about my future in the industry thanks to the skills I’ve developed.”Suzanne Stewart

Paignton Zoo

This course is available at Paignton Zoo Environmental Park.

The zoo is part of South West Environmental Parks Ltd which is owned by the Whitley Wildlife Conservation Trust. Working in collaboration with the Zoo, South Devon College has its own classroom at the zoo for our Level 3 and University level students studying zoo units.

Paignton Zoo,
Totnes Road,

Paignton Campus – Vantage Point

This course is available at our Vantage Point Campus. 

Our inspirational Paignton Campus provides the very best learning environment, featuring state-of-the-art equipment and facilities.

South Devon College,
Long Road,

Have you considered...

We have courses to suit everyone so if you haven’t found exactly what you’re looking for yet, we recommend you take a look at the following courses. We’ve selected these for you based on your interests.

Level 3 Animal Management National Extended Diploma

Level 1 Animal Care Diploma

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