T Level: Animal Care and Management (Behaviour and Science Pathways)

T Levels are an alternative to A levels, apprenticeships and other 16 to 19 courses. Equivalent in size to 3 A levels, a T Level focuses on vocational skills and can help students into skilled employment, higher study or apprenticeships.

Course Details

  • Department

    Animal Management
  • Qualification

    Level 3
  • Course Type

    Full Time
  • Length

    2 Years
  • Location(s)


Course at a glance

During the 2 year programme, students will learn the core knowledge and skills that are needed for entry to a range of animal care and management occupations

Entry Requirements


at grade 4 or above, to include English, Maths and Science. Alternatively a suitable Level 2 vocational qualification (Merit or above) with English, Maths and Science at Level 2. (a grade 5 or above in Science is required for the specialist Science pathway)


Cost for students aged Under 19


for students over the age of 19 please contact us


Key Information


Core and specialist modules to be delivered across two years*

  • Optimise health and welfare of animals
  • Optimise animal environments to meet their needs
  • Apply techniques to influence positive animal behaviour
  • Provide information researched on an animal to promote
    animal welfare and conservation
  • Sustainability, including environmental legislation, sustainable development, climate change and waste management principles
    the principles of biosecurity
  • Employment rights and responsibilities and progression opportunities within the sector
    ethical principles
  • The supply chain and principles of stock management
  • Business organisations, enterprise skills and project management
  • Characteristics protected by equality legislation
  • Communication
  • Principles of customer care
  • Finance
  • Health and safety
  • Information and data

*content subject to change and awarding body approval

Specialist pathways**:

  • Animal Management and Science (York only) 
  • Behaviour and Welfare (York, Middlesbrough and Saltaire)

**More details on the specialist modules will be updated here in due-course.



Employer Set Project:

The employer-set project ensures students have the opportunity to combine core knowledge and skills to develop a substantial piece of work in response to an employer set brief. The employer-set project forms part of the Technical Qualification and is a separate part of the T Level programme to the Industry Placement.


Assessment is undertaken via a range of assessment methods including assignments, employer and external-based assignments and exams.


Upon successful completion of this course, students may progress on to a Foundation or Bsc (Hons) Degree in a related animal management qualification.

Students may also go into industry related employment.

T Level Benefits:

  • A minimum 45-day industry placement within the animal care industry –  gain real life skills that will improve your CV and UCAS applications for university
  • Develop essential skills needed for the industry, such as problem solving, customer care, communication, flexibility and collaboration
  • Gain industry skills through  an employer set live project work

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 an industry placement that will span 315-420 hours with a minimum of 45-60 days.



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 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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