Animal Management Level 3 Applied Science | Askham Bryan College

Animal Management Level 3 - Applied Science Pathway

Course Details

  • Department

    Animal Management
  • Qualification

    Level 3
  • Course Type

    Full Time
  • Length

    2 Years
  • Location(s)


Course at a glance

Learn about animal health, wellbeing and care alongside the science underpinning it with this course, which teaches you the skills needed to work with various species, from reptiles to mammals. The first year covers general animal management, with a mixture of practical and theory studies, before specialist science modules begin in the second year.

Qualification(s) options

Advanced Technical Certificate (360) – 1 year

Advanced Technical Diploma (540) – 1 year

Advanced Extended Technical Diploma (720) – 2 year

Advanced Extended Technical Diploma (1080) – 2 year

Actual qualification studied will be dependent on your GCSE grades – see entry requirements further below





Cost for students aged Under 19


for students over the age of 19 please contact us


Key Information

In the first year you will gain the skills needed for general animal management, with a mixture of practical and theoretical subjects. You will complete a specialist subject in the fundamentals of science to prepare you for the second year specialist science modules.


This course covers a wide range of animal and science topics and is designed to focus on the underpinning sciences associated with Animal Management.

Course Themes:

  • biological systems
  • biochemistry and microbiology
  • fundamentals of science
  • chemistry for biomedical sciences
  • breeding and genetics

There are lectures, talks from guest speakers, visits, practical sessions in the Animal Unit and work related experience. Students’ work is assessed continually throughout the course with some end of year assessments (including exams).

Students studying at our Wakefield Centre will have the opportunity to use the Animal Management facilities at Askham Bryan College, York. Free transport is provided from Wakefield for study days in York.

Students will study this course in our Animal Management Facility and Wildlife Conservation Park. These facilities home a range of animals including reptiles, amphibians, mammals, birds, fish and invertebrates.

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.

Alternatively students may progress into Veterinary Medicine and the modules on this pathway have been specially selected to meet the entry requirements of the Royal College, London.

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 to undertake one day per week and one block week (if applicable) for work experience, 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.

Students on the science programme are also required to purchase a lab coat, these can be purchased from the science department.

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

The 360, 540 720 and 1080 options relate to the number of credits from the units studied required to pass the course and the final decision on your offer will be dependent from your GCSE grades.



Four GCSEs at grade 4 (C) or above, to include two from English, Maths or Science with at least a grade 3 (D) in the remaining subject.  Grade 4 (C) or above in Science is necessary alongside the usual entry requirements for a Level 3 course.



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