Level 3 Animal Management (Wildlife)
This pathway specialises in learning about animal health and well-being along with wildlife and their natural habitats. It has been designed especially for those learners with an interest in wildlife, ecology and conservation; whilst still developing skills to care for, handle and manage a variety of animals. The course looks at a range of British wildlife species as well as global conservation aspects.
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. Students will also need a work placement in the land-based/animal industry and gain 150 hours per year.
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 applying will study this course in the Animal Management Facility and Wildlife Conservation Park which is now a zoo open to the public and part of the British and Irish Association of Zoos and Aquaria (BIAZA). These facilities are home to a range of animals including reptiles, amphibians, mammals, birds, fish and invertebrates.
Why Choose US?
• Strong wildlife and conservation focus
• Practical skills developed with small animal, exotic, farm and wildlife species as well as field research skills and surveys
• An alternative to the zoo pathway if there is a torn interest between zoos and wildlife conservation as the zoological collections module is taught on both pathways
• Opportunities for practical work on the wildlife park and at Flamingo Land as well as the possibilities for links with local nature reserves
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
- Trainee zookeeper
- Animal conservationist
- Zoo/Museum Interpretation Officer
- Wildlife supporter officer
- Wildlife biologist