Animal Science

BTEC Level 3 Advanced Technical Extended Diploma

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Animal Science - Level 3 Advanced Technical Extended Diploma (City & Guilds) SF-ANMA3E-D(0000)000

South Downs Campus

Type of study

Academic Year 2021-22 (2 years)

Examination board
City & Guilds

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If you have a particular interest in science and animals and would like to learn more about their fascinating lives, either directly hands-on or within the wider industry, as well as learning about the fundamentals of science, then this is the course for you.

It is designed to provide you with a very wide range of specialist technical practical skills and detailed knowledge and understanding, which will equip you to seek a diverse range of employment opportunities, such as working in the pet industry, veterinary nursing or working with dogs.

You will gain extensive hands-on experience with a range of animals over the two years of the qualification, such as large animals, companions, rodents and exotic animals. You will work with animals on and offsite and undertake 150 hours of work experience over the two years of the course.

Five GCSEs at grade 4 or above including English Language, Mathematics and Science. Alternatively, a Level 2 Diploma in Animal Care with Distinction/Distinction* grades, including a distinction grade in the Biology and Health units, plus English and Mathematics. Other qualifications or experience may also be accepted. Entry to the course is subject to a successful interview. You must also have evidence of recent Tetanus vaccination.

On this course at HSDC South Downs, you will study the following units:

  • Animal health and husbandry
  • Animal feeding and nutrition
  • Animal behaviour and communication
  • Biological systems of animals
  • Animal welfare and breeding
  • Fundamentals of science
  • Principles of health and safety
  • Science investigative report writing
  • Exotic animal health and husbandry
  • Undertake and review work-related experience in the land-based industries
  • Chemistry for biological technicians
  • Cell biology and genetics
  • Biochemistry and microbiology
  • Business management in the land-based sector
  • Animal nursing
  • Wildlife and ecology conservation
  • Undertake investigative project in the land-based sector
  • Zoological collections
  • Small animal rehabilitation

The Animal Management laboratories are large, bright rooms designed and built especially for teaching Animal Care and Animal Management courses. The purpose-built spaces are bright with natural sunlight and enhanced air handling and ventilation systems, with facilities for washing and animal food preparation. The rooms have been designed to be easy to use for the care of animals, as well as a practical teaching environment. There is animal housing and large glass vivarium built into the walls that house snakes and lizards.

The Animal Care classrooms have electronic whiteboards and an IT teaching room with Chromebooks connected to the College teaching network. Outside, a large yard has benching, aviaries and a stable as well as large grassed areas. Outside the yard is a clearing in the surrounding woodland that contains runs for ferrets, rabbits and chickens. There are block paved areas and a pond.

There is a particular emphasis on developing your practical handling skills, communication, IT and study skills. Performance in laboratory skills and the ability to work safely are also assessed. You will be assessed using discussions, presentations, roleplay, essays and scientific reports. There is a mixture of exams and assignment-based work and the assignments are graded at Pass, Merit or Distinction. You will receive a grade for each unit and an overall grade at the end of the course.

There may be additional costs for the course, such as trips and visits. Lab coats are provided but you may need specialist boots when working with animals.

If you successfully complete this course you are able to progress to undergraduate courses, such as an HND or a FdSc/BSc degrees at university. Alternatively, you can either go onto an apprenticeship or choose to apply for a range of positions within the animal industry.

My time at the college was definitely life changing, I have learnt a lot of new skills, and obviously it’s a completely new experience. The support was great, there was always people there to help and try make it as easy as they can for you. The college is really fantastic, it has helped me on the way to get to what I want to achieve within my career goals.

Erin Morgan, BTEC student

I’m really happy and pleased with my grades. I really loved my time at the college, I have also made lots of friends, it’s a really nice place to be, I don’t want to leave.

Lauren Piper, A Level student

My courses were all especially interesting, I thoroughly enjoyed all of them. All of my lecturers were extremely knowledgeable and I have learnt a lot from them.

Lottie Warren, A Level student