Animal Management and Conservation Level 3 (Saltaire)

Course Details

  • Department

    Animal Management
  • Qualification

    Level 3
  • Course Type

    Full Time
  • Length

    2 Years
  • Location(s)


Course at a glance

Learn about wildlife health, wellbeing and habitats in this wide-ranging pathway for aspiring ecologists, conservationists and animal professionals. You’ll study a vast number of species found here in the UK and around the globe while developing skills to care for, handle and manage a variety of animals. General animal management will be covered in the first year, alongside a mixture of practical learning and theory, before advancement onto specialist wildlife and ecology modules in the second year.

Entry Requirements


at grade 4 (old GCSE grade C) or above, to include 2 from English, Maths or Science with at least a grade 3 (old GCSE grade D) in the remaining subject. Alternatively a suitable Level 2 vocational qualification (Merit or above) with English, Maths and Science at Level 2.

Cost for students aged Under 19


for students over the age of 19 please contact us


Key Information

This course covers a wide range of animal related modules with a strong focus on the biology, health, welfare and husbandry of animals in the first year and a greater emphasis on wildlife and conservation in the second year.


Year one modules include:

Principles of Health and Safety

Animal Health and Husbandry

Animal Feeding and Nutrition

Animal Behaviour and Communication

Biological Systems of Animals

Animal Welfare and Breeding

Exotic Animal Health and Husbandry

Undertake Estate Skills and Business Management

Year two modules include:

Wildlife and Ecology Conservation

Wildlife Management and Rehabilitation

Avian Health and Husbandry

Zoological Collections, Farm Livestock Husbandry and Welfare

Ecological Concepts and Application

Population Surveys

Environmental Interpretation and Specialist Project

Students will also need to continue their work placement and gain an additional 150 hours.

Some modules are assessed continuously throughout the year if they are classed as optional, and others have a synoptic assessment and/or an exam.

There will be theory lectures, talks from guest speakers, visits to collections and nature reserves, practical sessions in the Animal Unit and carrying out population surveys in the wildlife park and other local places.
In year one, learners may achieve the 540 Certificate before going onto the year two 1080 Diploma.

Students will study this course in the Animal Management Facility and Wildlife Conservation Park which is now a zoo open to the public and British and Irish Association of Zoos and Aquaria (BIAZA) accredited. These facilities are home to a range of animals including reptiles, amphibians, mammals, birds, fish and invertebrates.

4 GCSEs at grade 4 (old GCSE grade C) or above, to include 2 from English, Maths or Science with at least a grade 3 (old GCSE grade D) in the remaining subject.

Alternatively a suitable Level 2 vocational qualification (Merit or above) with English, Maths and Science at Level 2.

Upon successful completion of this course, students may progress on to a Foundation Degree in Animal Management or a degree in a related subject area.

Potential Career Pathways:

  • Wildlife warden
  • Kennel/cattery worker
  • Pet store assistant
  • Wildlife centre assistant
  • Zoo Education Assistant
  • Animal care technician
  • Aquarist
  • Trainee zookeeper
  • Zoologist
  • Animal conservationist
  • Ornithologist
  • Zoo/Museum Interpretation Officer
  • Herpetologist
  • Primatologist
  • Wildlife supporter officer
  • Wildlife biologist
  • Marine Biologist


Progression and Development Sessions

All students enrolled on a Level 2 or Level 3 course will be required to attend Progression and Development sessions every week. These sessions will cover a wide range of topics from careers and employability, British Values and equality and diversity to essential life skills such as mental health and wellbeing, drugs and alcohol and personal safety.

Students are encouraged to find their own work experience in a role that they are interested in. The work experience co-ordinators are on hand to help you with finding a work placement.



Students are to complete a minimum of 150 hours in their first year and 315 hours in their second year of study. (Some students may opt to complete the 315 hours in their first year, this will be discussed during induction)

Students are expected to buy PPE, consisting of overalls and steel toe capped boots for practical sessions. A normal range of stationary is required for theory sessions.


Trip costs are kept to a minimum wherever possible, trip information will be provided at the start of the course.

Great place to study

A different place to study

A world of species

A vast array of animal species

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    York is the College's residential campus and is located just four miles from York city centre. At York we offer a full range of subject areas and levels including Apprenticeships, Level 1-3 Diplomas, Foundation, Top Up and BSc Honours Degrees.

    Photo of animal management building

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