Animal Management Level 3 Zoo Pathway Course

Animal Management Level 3 – Collections and Conservation Pathway

Course Details

  • Department

    Animal Management
  • Qualification

    Level 3
  • Course Type

    Full Time
  • Length

    2 Years
  • Location(s)


Course at a glance

Work with and learn to care for a variety of domestic and exotic species while learning about animal health, wellbeing and biology. The first year of the pathway covers general animal management, with a mixture of practical and theory studies, before specialist zoo and conservation modules begin 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 includes delivery both the college campus and through bi-weekly sessions at Flamingo Land Zoo in the second year. Learners will study modules such as zoo collections, health and welfare, exotic animal health and management, avian health and management, farm livestock, animal behaviour, aquatics, animal biology, animal training and business management.

The practical elements delivered at Flamingo Land Zoo offer students a unique opportunity to develop skills and knowledge with a much wider range of species than many other colleges offer and builds on the employability of our students upon completion of the qualification.

There are lectures, talks from guest speakers, visits, and practical sessions in the Animal Unit and at Flamingo Land. Students’ work is assessed continually throughout the course through the submission of assignments and exams. In each year, a final end-of-year exam and assessment are also carried out.

At the end of Year 1, learners can have the opportunity to switch to an alternative area of study leaving with a Level 3 Advanced Technical Diploma in Animal Management 540.

Students will have the opportunity to specialise more in either zoo collections or conservation in the second year

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.

Progression into Higher Education across a large range of study areas.

This pathway develops skills and knowledge specifically to enable students to progress directly into employment.

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.

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