Practical Animal Care Skills Level 3

On this course students will learn about animal care and develop the skills needed to care for and handle a variety of animals.

Course Details

  • Department

    Animal Management
  • Qualification

    Level 3
  • Course Type

    Full Time
  • Length

    1 Year
  • Location(s)


Course at a glance

Learners will gain practical skills, develop sound working practices, and gain industry knowledge to help progression into higher levels of learning or into employment within the animal care sector.

Entry Requirements


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.

Cost for students aged Under 19


for students over the age of 19 please contact us


Key Information

Course themes include how to care for, handle and manage a variety of animals, understanding animal health and how the animal body works. Students will also cover nutritional and accommodation requirements, behaviour and communication, exotic care and welfare. There are lectures, talks from guest speakers, visits, practical sessions in the college’s Animal Unit and work-related experience. Students’ work is assessed continually throughout the course through formative assessment, assignment-based modules and summative exams.


The units you will study as part of the Level 3 Practical Animal Care Skills course are:

Promote and maintain the health and well-being of animals
Plan the handling and restraint of animals
Plan diets and feeding regimes for animals
Monitor and evaluate the feeding of animals
Provide advice and guidance on the choice and care of animals to prospective keepers
Provide information on how to maintain the behaviour, health and welfare of animals
Recognise and interpret the behaviour of animals

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


Alternatively, a Level 2 pass in a suitable animal related qualification.

Upon successful completion of this course students may progress onto a Foundation Degree in Animal Management, a Degree in a related subject such as Behaviour, Welfare, Animal Conservation, or Animal Science, or directly into work within the animal industries.

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.


Potential Career Pathways:

> Kennel/cattery worker
> Pet store assistant
> Welfare charity worker
> Dog groomer
> Trainee veterinary nurse
> Animal care technician
> Animal rescue centre staff
> Trainee zookeeper
> Zoologist
> Animal conservationist
> Ornithologist
> Research associate
> General worker (zoo)
> Assistant warden
> Wildlife assistant
> Quarantine establishment
> Animal trainer
> Dog grooming assistant
> Animal welfare officer
> Lab technician

Work experience is a vital part of gaining further skills, knowledge and experience to help you progress in the animal industry, due to this, work experience is an important part of the course. We ask learners to attempt to source their own placement. This can be anything animal related such as a pet shop, groomer, farm, wildlife trusts, animal attractions and many more. If you do struggle to source a placement or have any issues along the way, we have a dedicated employability team who will be able to assist throughout the duration of the course.




On the level 3 Practical Animal Care Skills courses students are to complete a minimum of 150 work experience hours.

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) is required on the course. This does not need to branded or have a logo, so you are welcome to purchase these from a retailer of your choice.

Please feel free to contact us with any possible questions regarding PPE.


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