Animal Management Level 3 – Companion Animals (Wakefield)

Course Details

  • Department

    Animal Management
  • Qualification

    Level 3
  • Course Type

    Full Time
  • Length

    2 Years
  • Location(s)


Course at a glance

Companion animals are the focus of this course, but you’ll gain skills in caring for, handling and managing a wide range of species. The first year covers general animal management with practical and theory studies across optional and mandatory areas, before moving on to second-year specialist modules.

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 has been designed to prepare students for a range of business and career opportunities linked to working with dogs and companion animals.

Course Themes:

  • Kennel and cattery management
  • Animal behaviour and training
  • Dog grooming
  • Business
  • Animal welfare
  • Pet store management
  • Small animal rehabilitation


There are lectures, talks from guest speakers, visits, practical sessions in the Animal Unit and work-related experience included in the course. Students’ work is monitored continually throughout the course and is assessed by a final exam and assignment at the end of the year


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 new Animal Management Facility and Wildlife Conservation Park. These facilities home a range of animals including reptiles, amphibians, exotic and domestic 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. Students can also prepare learners to continue to more specific subject areas such as City and Guilds Dog Grooming or even Hydrotherapy.

Students may also go into industry related employment, role such as: Kennel/cattery worker, Pet store assistant, Welfare charity worker and Dog groomer.

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.


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

Student Voice

Hear what it's like to study animal management

  • Wakefield Campus

    Wakefield Campus is situated in the heart of Wakefield with great transport links from around the surrounding areas. Students on this course will be transported two days a week to the our York campus.

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